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    Administrator account (XP SP2)

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    Re: Administrator account (XP SP2)

    Do you have an account other than Guest that you could use after Control-Alt-Del, the one you were using when you cleared the check box should do.

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    Re: Administrator account (XP SP2)

    From what I can tell, Administrator and possibly Owner existed before but there were no Guest accounts. Since I don't really understand the differences between Owner and Administrator I never did anything to those issues.
    To answer directly, before this the system just logged on, I assume as Administrator, as it let me screw it up. Now at the logon screen that comes up, no accounts are listed. After Alt Cntl Del only the guest account shows. If I go to User Accounts, it tells me that Owner does not have Administrator rights.
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    Re: Administrator account (XP SP2)

    I'm not really familiar with XP Home, but I think you should be able to type Control-Alt-Del twice to get a login box where you can enter any valid username. I guess you could try Administrator or Owner, with a blank password...

    I think XP Home might restrict Administrator login to safe mode only, so you could try this in safe mode too.

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    Re: Administrator account (XP SP2)

    I found this here, although it may not work in your situation it's worth a try.
    To turn off the automatic logon feature and require a username and password at logon:

    1. Click Start on the Windows taskbar, and then click Run.
    2. In the Open box, type <font color=red>control userpasswords2</font color=red>, and then click OK.
    3. In the dialog box that appears, click to select the "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer"
    check box, and then click OK.
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    Re: Administrator account (XP SP2)

    Hello,
    Thanks for the replies. However they don't work. Origionally I got to the controluserpasswords2 and that is what caused the problem. I screwed something up.
    1. Among other things, apparently, I unchecked the box "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" Now at the main log in screen where one must log in there are no options for names. When I do the Ctl Alt Del I get to the box and it says that i am owner and guest with no privlidges.
    I had gone in under safe mode and created an Administrator pasword but it seem not to take as none of the methods suggested work. I cannot chage anything or get to any screens that allow it. I need to get to a log in screen early and get in with Administrator. Nothing I have found or that has been suggested get me there.
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    Re: Administrator account (XP SP2)

    Boot into the safe mode and use the administartor account and password. If you did NOT give it a password it will be the enter key.

    You can then go to Control panel, User accounmts and see what accounts are there.

    You may also be able to re run the "controluserpasswords2" and undo what ever you did before.

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    Re: Administrator account (XP SP2)

    Maybe you can restore your computer to an earlier stage, when everything was still fine. You can also have a look at this page http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_admini...r_password.htm , maybe it can help you.

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    Re: Administrator account (XP SP2)

    You asked.....
    <center>
    <hr>How do I re-check the box if that is the problem?<hr>
    </center>

    I answered.....
    <center>
    <hr>
    To turn off the automatic logon feature and require a username and password at logon:

    1. Click Start on the Windows taskbar, and then click Run.
    2. In the Open box, type control userpasswords2, and then click OK.
    3. In the dialog box that appears, click to select the "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer"
    check box, and then click OK.<hr>
    </center>

    Which part didn't work ??? Going into Windows as a "Guest" and accessing the Start button and Run command, or re-checking the box next to "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer." once you get there ????

    I understood your problem, did you have trouble with my answer ??? The response that "nothing I have found or that has been suggested get me there." doesn't help us to help you. What did you try that was suggested and what happened ???

    To troubleshoot a problem, we need an effect response to our suggestions in order to try and understand what is going on with your system. Imagine that someone has blindfolded you and lead you into a room, seated you at a computer terminal and told you that the computer has a problem and they want you to help them solve it. But you can't look at the screen or hear any of the sounds that the PC is making and must rely on the information provided by this person to resolve the problem. That is essentially what is happening here. You are our eyes and ears. Often, we can only help you as much as you help us to help you. Convoluted, but true. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> We're here to help.
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    Re: Administrator account (XP SP2)

    I guess I am not communicating. I have tried all and none of the suggestions work. I understand your frustration. If you give instructions and you are not sure if they are followed, how do you help? Anyway

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    Re: Administrator account (XP SP2)

    Boot into Safe mode and try Dave's suggestion.

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    Re: Administrator account (XP SP2)

    The NT type of login box does work with the HOME version.
    But the admin account is ONLY avaiable from the safe mode in the HOME version.

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

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    Re: Administrator account (XP SP2)

    OK. Apologies for the earlier rant. This is a bit of a tough situation and is going to require some work to resolve, if it can be resolved at all. Windows XP Home Edition has a feature called AutoLogon that can be configured to automatically log in a specified user when windows boots. If your computer does not prompt you to log in after you turn it on, you will have to disable Auto Logon. Windows XP Professional and Windows .NET Server all have a special logon screen that requires that you press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to log on. Ctrl-Alt-Delete is a special key sequence that breaks out of any application that might be running. This effectively prevents Trojan Horses from pretending to be the logon screen and secretly recording your password information. By default, this special logon screen is turned off in Windows XP Home Edition.

    It seems that there are 2 approaches to this problem that may result in you getting back your system as it was. One involves booting with a Linux CD or floppy and that will restore some files that will allow you to reset your passwoods &/or priviledges. Perhaps Mike Wolfman is looking over our shoulder and see that we could use some advice from a <img src=/S/wolfman.gif border=0 alt=wolfman width=18 height=24> guru. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I don't do Linux. The other involves some editing of the registry. But before I go there, can you tell me what you are logged in as when you boot into Safe Mode ?? I would assume that it is as Administrator and that you could then try to use the Start>Run command that I posted earlier. If that works, everything else will be irrelevant. The one other relevent thing that I should ask is, how important is your data and will the system allow you to copy or backup to a CD, floppy or other external storage device ??

    <font color=red>Edited by Doc to add...</font color=red> I was reading this thread and noticed an article that was linked to that might have something to do with your situation. The gist of it is this "The Administrator Logon dialog box may be hidden under the Welcome screen when the AutoAdminLogon feature is enabled and the user account is either deleted or missing.
    This problem can occur because the Autologon feature is attempting an automatic logon for a user account that does not exist. Either the account has been deleted or removed, but the registry settings for that account are still intact.
    To work around the problem that concerns the hidden Administrator Logon dialog box, <font color=red>press ALT+TAB to bring the dialog box to the front of the screen so that you can log on to the computer with valid credentials.
    "</font color=red>. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>
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    Re: Administrator account (XP SP2)

    Thanks Doc for the suggestions. I have no access to LINUX. I can get into REGEDIT but not sure if I can edit. Several things I tried it said no permission. Below is a copy of a reference you sent me. It sounds like I could redo the Default User to Administrator and might help. Not sure if I need a password, I would rather not have one and Auto log-on. I am not above trying the fix if you suggest it. I may just need to F-disk the B!#@$!.

    How to Enable Automatic Logon in Windows
    If you set a computer for auto logon, anyone who can physically obtain access to the computer can gain access to all of the computer contents, including any network or networks it is connected to. In addition, if you enable autologon, the password is stored in the registry in plaintext. The specific registry key that stores this value is remotely readable by the Authenticated Users group.
    As a result, this setting is only appropriate for cases where the computer is physically secured, and steps have been taken to ensure that untrusted users cannot remotely access the registry.
    1. Start/Run/Regedit, and then locate the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsNTCurren tVersionWinlogon
    2. Using your account name and password, double-click the DefaultUserName entry, type your user name, and then click
    OK.
    3. Double-click the DefaultPassword entry, type your password, and then click OK.

    NOTE: The DefaultPassword value may not exist. If it does not:

    a. Click Add Value on the Edit menu.
    b. In the Value Name box, type DefaultPassword, and then click REG_SZ for the Data Type
    c. Type your password in the String box, and then save your changes.

    Also, if no DefaultPassword string is specified, Windows automatically changes the value of the AutoAdminLogon key
    from 1 (true) to 0 (false), thus disabling the AutoAdminLogon feature.

    4. Click Add Value on the Edit menu, enter AutoAdminLogon in the Value Name box, and then click REG_SZ for the Data
    Type.
    5. Type "1" (without the quotation marks) in the String box, and then save your changes.
    6. Quit Regedit.
    7. Click Start, click Shutdown, and then click OK to turn off your computer.
    8. Restart your computer and Windows. You are now able to log on automatically.

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    Re: Administrator account (XP SP2)

    Before your do anything in the registry, I'd really like to know what you are logged in as when you boot into Safe Mode ?? I would assume that it is as Administrator. And will the system allow you to copy or backup to an external storage device?

    Also wonder if you tried this trick to bring up the log-on screen you lost ??
    "The Administrator Logon dialog box may be hidden under the Welcome screen when the AutoAdminLogon feature is enabled and the user account is either deleted or missing.
    This problem can occur because the Autologon feature is attempting an automatic logon for a user account that does not exist. Either the account has been deleted or removed, but the registry settings for that account are still intact.
    To work around the problem that concerns the hidden Administrator Logon dialog box, <font color=red>press ALT+TAB to bring the dialog box to the front of the screen so that you can log on to the computer with valid credentials</font color=red>."
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