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    XP Home Fun and Games - 1 (XP Home)

    I have two different questions on XP Home administration, both arising from my most recent hospitalization of my home computer, which was addressed at length in a related thread on Administrator's Password. My machine should be back today, for a short period of rehab, and then back into full operation. I've searched these two issues in both the Lounge and MS Knowledge base, think I know what to do, but would greatly appreciate the always informed and valuable advice of Lounge denizens.

    First question - I now gather that I should set up under XP Home user accounts - in my case for myself and my wife. Should I make mine the Administrator's account, or set up another one for an Administrator? If I do so, what advantages does the administrator's account provide me? I do know that when my machine crashed, there was an opportunity to re-install XPH as the administrator, when I was asked for a pssword, whcih didn't exist at tht time.

    Another related question in a second post.

    All free advice gratefully received!!

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    Re: XP Home Fun and Games - 1 (XP Home)

    As we NOW know (the other thread!), the default "Administrator" created when XP is installed, can only be seen in SAFE mode. I think the best way to remember it is that this is a USER called "Administrator." Hopefully when you get your revamped machine back, you'll know what THAT password is. Now, as far as "real" users are concerned, you should set YOURSELF up with administrative rights, regardless of what user name you choose. How you do your wife's depends on what she usually does with the computer.

    Administrative rights gives you the ability to install software, control certain global settings of Windows and other stuff like that. If your wife usually leaves all that to you, then make her a limited user. I would also recommend creating a THIRD user that you don't ever plan to use. Call it "Emergency" or whatever you like and assign a password you will NEVER forget. That way, if you ever lose your profile, you'll have a backup you can use, other than Safe Mode, to fix up the system.

    There are THREE diskettes you should make too. A WinXP Startup disk, a "DOS" (WinXP) Boot Disk and a password recovery disk. If you're not sure how to do any of these, holler or search the Lounge. I think all have been discussed here. Good luck with the rejuvenated system!

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    Re: XP Home Fun and Games - 1 (XP Home)

    Thanks very much - precisely what I was looking for.

    The three disks you mention I will search out in the Lounge and in the MS help site - I do recall having seen mention of them, however if I run into trouble, I hope I can call on you for more advice? - best given to me in words no bigger than two syllables.....

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    Re: XP Home Fun and Games - 1 (XP Home)

    You should leave the 'Administrator' account alone as fasr as day to day usage. Assign a strong password to it but one you won't forget. Then assign another account to the administrators group. An administrator has full control over the PC. He/she can add or remove software, make configuration changes that affect all users, etc., etc. There is nothing wrong with having more than one user account in the admin group. It can lead to some strange things if changes are made by one which the other(s) is/are not aware. Some people also advocate creating a third (in your case) user account that is the only user account added to the administrative group. Assign a strong password to that account also. Then the regular users are placed in a different (i.e. less powerful) group for day to day use.

    HTH, Joe
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    Re: XP Home Fun and Games - 1 (XP Home)

    There is nothing wrong in BOTH accounts having the "Admin Permisions", unless she does NOT trust you, then she needs to give you the limited account <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>, so you can not mess with her settings. <img src=/S/devil.gif border=0 alt=devil width=15 height=15>
    And neither of these will be the Admniistrator account.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: XP Home Fun and Games - 1 (XP Home)

    I cannot answer this post on the grounds that my answer may incriminate me....

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    Re: XP Home Fun and Games - 1 (XP Home)

    Again much thanks, I've found two fo your posts which give me details on creating an MD DOS startup disk, and a link to MS Help for creating an xp startup disk. I also searched MS Help and found the (simple, duh!) guidance for creating a password recovery disk.

    I'm going to get my computer from the hospital now, willthen don surgical gloves, and see if I can get up and running again without more exscitement.

    Thanks to you Big Al, Joe, and Dave A among many others for, as always, useful advice.

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