lost access to Administrator account

August 16, 2010 at 10:11:15
Specs: Windows XP
My friend wanted to delete the pwd for my Administrator account, did something and I can't access the Administrator a/c after that :-)
I have checked the Administrator a/c as follows:
Go to Start->Run...
Type compmgmt.msc
In the computer management console click on the plus sign next to (Local Users and Groups)... then the (Users) folder.
Then the description of the missing Administrator is given as "Built-in a/c for administering the computer", same as the Guest a/c.
After look for the missing account at logon screen, right click on it, and choose Properties. Click the (Member Of) tab.
Administrators & Guests is listed here.
When I tried to remove "Administrators" entry, its displaying "one or more errors occurred while recording group membership changes for user Administrator".
How do I get back my previous settings and files of the user account Administrator ?

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August 16, 2010 at 15:11:27
Have you tried to open command prompt and type in:
net user Adminitrator /activate:true


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August 19, 2010 at 09:51:02
You can't take the "built-in" administrator account out of the "Administrators" group. That's where it belongs and is likely why you got an error message.

I'd definitely take it out of the "Guests" group, though.

Leave it a member of "Administrators" only, then change or remove (temporarily) the password to get access to the account.

Of course, you shouldn't be using the default Admin account as an everyday user account, so you shouldn't have any files under ownership of that account. The default Admin account is meant for management and maintainence of the operating system and group policies, not common user-level tasks.

You can set up a different account and take ownership of any files currently allotted to the Admin account. Google for "take ownership XP" for instructions on how to do this.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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