My administration rights were usurped!

By wa.ellis ·
Let me explain the situation. I have windows XP and originally only had a guest account and a personal, password protected user account.

Somehow without learning my password, my roomate made a NEW admin account, and somehow stripped my account to "unknown" account status. Now I can't reach certain files, download or uninstall anything.

Does anyone know just how the heck this happened? And is there any way of regaining my administrator rights back without having to reformat?

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Try this.

by dan.cox In reply to My administration rights ...

First, I would duct tape your roomate to the ceiling.
Then try this link.

It may assist you in logging back in as administrator to reset all your rights.

Here is another link that may help.

Let me know if this helps!

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XP Home?

by pc21geek In reply to My administration rights ...

First off....Is this your computer or your roomates?

If you are using XP home, by default anyone can boot into safe mode and log in as administrator. There is not a administrator password on XP home by default. So, once he is logged in as administrator, he owns the computer and your account. Try to boot into safe mode, log in as administrator, assuming he didnt set a password by now for the administrator account, and then reset your privledges.
Also, why not just ask your roomate why he did that?

Good luck,


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<-----Good Answer here

by Langlier In reply to XP Home?

And likely how he jacked up your account. It works on all versions of XP as none of them set a password on the Administrator account by default.

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This is easy

by tim.mcgovern In reply to My administration rights ...

There are COUNTLESS ways to add a user/change a password offline. BartPE/WinPE/Linux etc all have utilities to do just this... and all it takes is a bootable cd.

I dont have a recommendation on how to deal with your current issue (other than reinstalling windows cleanly), but you may want to password protect your BIOS configuration, don't autodetect any drives, and only allow your primary HD to boot. This way, the only way they can ever boot anything other than your hard drive, is if they take apart your machine and reset the CMOS. At that point, Id just shoot em.

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administrator problem

by hilde_may In reply to My administration rights ...

hi! can you help me how to open my administrator without reformatting? because i forgot my password!

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