Change user back to admin

Asus P4p800-e deluxe motherboard
February 3, 2010 at 06:27:02
Specs: windowsXP pro SP2, 1.6gb/2gb
Hi I am new to this user situation in windows and some months ago i created two users i think back now understanding that i can't use some programs like Nero from user i need to just log in as admin and forget about the user thing. Or maybe just have one user...i don't understand the situation that much!
One of the users i created is including a password so is that the admin or????
When i log in i get the screen that asks me to choose between two things. It was months ago i did this and i don't use my windows machine that much so i don't remember what was what.
I also want to know that if i get rid of the users can i still access the files that were created? I did some video capturing and save maybe some things i downloaded?
I am mainly a linux user these days so have never mastered the whole windows things before i changed over.

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#1
February 3, 2010 at 07:50:45
You have to log on with administrators privileges to change passwords other than you own. You would also need administrators privilege to promote a ordinary user to admin. As password alone does not make a user Admin.

You can boot up into Safe mode and log in there with the default Administrator and any other users with administrator privileges. You can make the necessary changes there. Ordinary users cannot log in in safe mode.

You can access the files of a deleted user by taking ownership of them or giving ownership to another user. That is done from safe mode as well.

Bear in mind that it is slightly different between Windows XP and Windows Home so make sure you are reading the right section.

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

Stuart


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#2
February 3, 2010 at 08:22:18
Oh ok will give this a try another day. I can't remember the last time i used safe mode.

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#3
February 3, 2010 at 08:36:14
"Bear in mind that it is slightly different between Windows XP and Windows Home"

You may have confused the OP with that phrase because there is no version called "Windows Home".

Did you mean to say "between Windows XP and Windows Vista"?


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#4
February 3, 2010 at 08:56:11
What I meant was Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home.

Stuart


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#5
February 5, 2010 at 21:54:48
OK I finally discovered something. I went into the 'user accounts' area and there was a user set up with a password. I deleted that and kept the files. There is only one other account and is has undernealth the name of the account written 'computer administrator'. So does this mean i changed 'administrator' to 'computer administrator'?
Sorry haven't had time or the energy to look at those MS pages and i stumbled upon the above as i was doing something else.

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#6
February 6, 2010 at 02:16:40
So does this mean i changed 'administrator' to 'computer administrator'?

Same thing.

Stuart


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#7
February 6, 2010 at 02:22:25
Yippee ok so it is all solved....thanks so much!!! :0)

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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