how to recover lost administrator user on win

March 16, 2011 at 19:35:46
Specs: Windows XP
I lost my adminstrator user on my widows xp when I was trying to get internet connection

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March 16, 2011 at 21:54:27

You need to provide more detail about what you problem is !

You don't normally have access to XP's built in Administrator user when you boot normally unless all other users with administrator rights have been deleted.

You can name a user anything you like, except you can't name a user exactly Administrator unless the built in Administrator user has been deleted, and you can't name more than one user the same name.

The normal only way of accessing XP's built in Administrator user is by booting Windows in Safe mode.

Do you mean you lost the ability to access the login screen for your router's configuration settings,
If so, make sure the connectors on the two ends of the network cable between the router and the computer's network port are all the way into their ports.

(If you can't access the wireless router wirelessly with your wireless network adapter , you must use a network cable to access the router's configuration.)

Or you can see that but you don't know what to use in the administrator or admin box ? The default admin word and the default password are shown in the manual for the router model for the region you bought the router in.
If you have the CD that came with the router the manual is on that.

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March 19, 2011 at 17:20:18
I dont know what happend or how I went into set up new network so I could get internet on another computer in the house. I couldnt tell you what buttons I pushed or anything as I had a 13 year old girl nagging in my ear while I was trying to get their computer hooked up to internet. and when I was done all it had on it for users was their user and I cannot access anything that a admin can. I cant even system restore. I have tried several different things even going in under safe mode. NOTHING has worked.

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March 19, 2011 at 21:49:19
Are you saying
- there is NO Windows user that has administrator rights ?
- or that the user name you're using used to have administrator rights and now it doesn't ?

If you boot the computer into Safe mode, the built in Administrator user usually has no password, and if so, the built in Administrator user can change the rights of any other user, in Control Panel - Classic view - User Accounts - name of user - Change account type.

Press F8 repeatedly while booting, and when the Windows boot choices menu appears (white text on a black screen), choose Safe mode.
The screen will fill with lines then stay the same for a while, then eventually the Logon screen will appear - click on the Administrator user - usually there is no password - just press Enter. Click on Yes on the message window, then go to Control Panel - Classic view - User Accounts.

Some systems have another use for the F8 key while booting - if you don't see Safe mode when you Press F8 repeatedly while booting (e.g. you see a blue screen with text on it) read what the menu says to exit the screen - e.g. press Esc - press that key then immediately Press F8 repeatedly - the boot choices menu should then appear (white text on a black screen), choose Safe mode.

Were you able to get on the internet previously on the one computer ?

Are both computers connected to the same router, or are you trying to connect both to the same router...

- via two network cable connections ?

- via one wireless connection, you are trying to connect to the other one wirelessly ?

- via one network cable connection, you are trying to connect to the other one wirelessly ?

You don't need to set up a Local network in order for both computers to connect to the internet. You just need both computers to connect to the router that connects to the internet via a high speed modem.
Setting up a Local network is only necessary if you want to share files and a printer between computers connected to the router.

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March 20, 2011 at 16:09:35
there is NO admin user at all on the computer, I have tried to safe mode and it still will not let me in as admin it states there is no admin user and cannot add one due to the user on there not having any rights

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March 20, 2011 at 20:39:59
It's impossible for Windows XP to have no user at all that has administrator rights, unless the data on the hard drive is severely corrupted or damaged..
There must be at least one.

You should have the built in user Administrator, spelled exactly that way, in Safe mode, whether or not it has a password.
Usually there is no password - just click on Administrator and press Enter.

If you truly have no user that has administrator rights....

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.


Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.

The bootable Dos versions of SeaTools can be used even if Windows is not working properly.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

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