Administrator User

By avanish_sharma ·
In two of the systems in my office, our new employees have created their personal accounts on Windows XP. Earlier we were working on the administrator account.

Now i am finding it difficult to switch to the administrator account as after going through control panel also, administrotor account is not there. Do this means, that they have deleted the administrator account or its hidden somewhere. How can I retrieve the data what was earlier there in the administrator account.

Any help will be greatly appciated.

Thanks in advance


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The obvious thing is that they have

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Administrator User

Just renamed the Admin Account to whatever they wanted most likely their own names and are still using the same account as they where previously.

If that's the case the Data should still be in that account.


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Boot to safe mode

by jdclyde In reply to The obvious thing is that ...

If the admin account is still there, it will show up then.

It IS possible the user created an account for themselves and then deleted the admin account.

Depending on if they chose to remove data, even then, it still could be there.

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Admin account usualy hidden

by ccornely In reply to Boot to safe mode

In XP the admin accoun is hidden by default.

Pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL on the keyboard, let go of DEL (still holding onto the other keys), and then tap DEL again.

This will bring you to a Windows 2000/NT style login box; if you type in ?Administrator? as the user ID.

In XP Home there is no password.
On XP Pro the admin password is whatever you set it as at the time of installing Windows, but sometimes can be no password.

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Search Help for 'change the way users logon'

by sgt_shultz In reply to Admin account usualy hidd ...

then turn off 'fast user switching' and 'use the welcome screen'. then you will get a domain style login screen at boot (or at Ctl Alt Del as previously mentioned). as the previous posts point out, administrator is hidden from the welcome screen unless it is the only account on the box. don't thank us, thank Microsoft.
re: the renamed admin problem: the files should not be lost. they almost surely exist in a profile folder with same name as original administrator account (probably 'administrator'.)
Logon the the box using an account with adminstrator rights. Open Help and type User Accounts. go there and note what accounts are on the box. then browse the drive. the profiles and data for each account is located in c:\documents and settings. Explore there for your files or quicker maybe just search Entire Computer for a filename you remember that you have lost. you will probably find it in the My Documents folder of one of those profiles. good luck

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by chikid68 In reply to Admin account usualy hidd ...

I was so relieved to find this thread as there is only one user account listed on my comp and I had accidently removed administrator rights for it but this allowed me to get it back

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by alphatech9 In reply to Boot to safe mode

I don't think you can delete the admin account, you can only rename it.

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Then what, asks the newbie?

by ANCHASTA In reply to actually

What if you accidentally renamed the admin account? Can you go back to the old admin account? All of my data seems to be gone.

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you can find the name

by CG IT In reply to Then what, asks the newbi ...

in computer mangement/users and groups/users

and change the name of the local machine administrators account in admin tools/computer security policy/local machine policy/user rights assignments/security options/rename the administrators account.

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