How do I make a user account the local administrator

By warnbb ·
I was having a lot of problems with my desktop, so a friend suggested I create a new user account and delete the old one. Sounded simple to me. I created a new account, set it as administrative, and thought everything was working fine so I deleted original user account which apparently was the local administrator. Now when I try to download certain programs I get a message saying must download from administrative user. But my account is set at administrative. Help, please.

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What OS?

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to How do I make a user acco ...

What Operating System are you running? It's tough to help if we don't know what we're working with.

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don't delete

by unhappyuser In reply to How do I make a user acco ...

You should have renamed it to something else and set up a dummy account, called administrator, and given it no permissions. It sounds like you have XP home? Did you set all permissions for the account? Recheck.


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You may have selected the wrong check box

by Jacky Howe In reply to How do I make a user acco ...

Restart the System in Safe Mode by repeatedly pressing the Function Key F8 as the System powers up.
Select Safe Mode with Command prompt and at the Logon Screen type in administrator and leave the password blank if you are using XP Home. If you are using XP Pro enter the Administrators Password that you created when setting up the System.

At the Command Prompt type in net localgroup administrators username /add

username equals the name of the new Account that you created. Restart in normal mode and see if you have access.

If you are getting this error message try this.

"Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator" error
When you try to open task manager, you may get the following error-"Task Manager has been disabled by your administrator.This happens if there is restriction in the registry-DisableTaskMgr value becomes one(1) instead of zero(0).In XP Professional it may be blocked via the "Local Group Policy" or "Domain Group Policy".


XP Home Edition

Click Start, Run and type in regedt32.exe and press OK.
Navigate to the following location
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System. expand the + on DisableTaskMgr. If it is not there create a new DWORD valued named "DisableTaskMgr" 0 = default enable Task Manager, 1 = disable Task Manager. Set the data value to zero.

Restart the PC.

XP Pro

Click Start, Run and type in gpedit.msc and press OK.

Expand the + with the left mouse button on Administrative Templates under the User Configuration.

Expand the + with the left mouse button on System. Left click on Ctrl+Alt+Del options.

In the right hand pane select Remove Task Manager. Right click on it and select Properties. If this setting is enabled and users try to start Task Manager, a message appears explaining that a policy prevents the action. So by disabling the policy, you are enabling the Task Manager. Click on Setting, Select the Disabled radio button, Apply and press OK.

If the above fails try this.

Follow the steps below with the System started and restarted in Safe Mode with Networking. Running in Safe Mode loads a minimal set of drivers for the Operating System. You can use these options to start Windows so that you can modify the registry or load or remove drivers.

Removing malware from System Restore points
To remove the malware, you must first disable System Restore, then scan the system with up-to-date antivirus software - allowing it to clean, delete, or quarantine any viruses found. After the system has been disinfected, you may then re-enable System Restore. The steps for disabling System Restore vary, depending on whether the default Start Menu or the Classic Start Menu is being used.

Default Start Menu XP
If using the default Start Menu, click Start | Control Panel | Performance and Maintenance | System. Select the System Restore tab and check "Turn off System Restore".

Classic Start Menu XP
If using the Classic Start Menu, click Start | Settings | Control Panel and double-click the System icon. Select the System Restore tab and check "Turn off System Restore".

Start, right mouse click Computer and select Properties. Select Advanced System Properties, click contine and then System Protection. Untick the box nect to Local Disk C: and click on Turn System Restore off.

After scanning the system and removing the offending malware, re-enable System Restore by repeating the steps, this time removing the check from "Turn off System Restore".

Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, install it and update it.

<a href="" target="_blank"><u>Malwarebytes</u></a>

* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select Perform Quick Scan, then click Scan.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.

If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.
<a href="" target="_blank"><u>mbam-rules</u></a>

I would keep scanning with it until it is clean by closing out and rebooting and running it again.

You may have to copy MBAM and the Update to USB as well.

From another PC download and install Spybot, update it and copy the the installed folders to a USB Stick.

Restart the PC in Safe Mode, navigate to the USB stick and run Spybot and MBAM and the Update if necessary.

Download Spybot - Search & Destroy and install it. Update it.

<a href=" " target="_blank"><u>Spybot</u></a>

With the new strains of Virus that have been created you may find it necessary to rename the executable files so that they will work. Rename mbam-setup.exe and then navigate to the install folder and rename mbam.exe. Do not change the files extension from .exe. Do the same with Spybot.

Run this Rootkit Revealer GMer
<a href="" target="_blank"><u>Gmer</u></a>

<a href="" target="_blank"><u>FAQ</u></a>

If you are using Vista then that is another problem.

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