Administrator in XP doesn't work

By gweb09 ·
I just installed WIN XP Pro with 2 user accounts on a clean hard drive. My account shows as administrator but I can't make any changes as an administrator. Specifically, I've tried to shut down some startup items in msconfig and change the radio button from selective startup to normal startup. It keeps telling me I have to have administrtive privilages. The only thing I've done different is that now I'm using Nortons virus.

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OK what are the other User Accounts set as?

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Administrator in XP doesn ...

Assuming that you are logging in under the Primary User Account what has it been set to?

Is this a Stand Alone System or is it part of a Network particularly a Domain with Group Policies in place?


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Mine does that.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Administrator in XP doesn ...

I ignore it, reboot, and the changes are made. Have you tried that?

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See if this will help

by Jacky Howe In reply to Administrator in XP doesn ...

Press the WinKey + r and copy and paste or type this into the run box. Press Enter or click OK.

cmd /k net localgroup administrators | find "%USERNAME%"

IF your logon ID is displayed you have administrator privelages.

Try logging on with a different account and see if you have the same problems. If you don't have problems then it is probably a corrupt profile.

I don't recommend using Norton for home use.

Edit: spelling

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