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Windows VISTA - Home edition and Basic edition administrator usage.

The correct method to activate the administer account in windows vista home editions (it will work in the others, however it is not necessary) is as follows:

Shut down the computer for a cold boot. Tap the "F8" key as you are booting.

Select "Safe Mode with networking" from the boot menu.

Log into windows Vista with your personal account that holds the administrator access.

Open a command window (START--->RUN--->CMD.exe). At the command prompt type the following "net user administrator /active".

And that?s it. Log out and log back in as administrator.

There are many file groups in vista that are owned by the system. I would suggest changing the ownership to administrator, and then securing the login with a password that is at least 128bit, and only use the login when needed for permission changes or restructuring of the OS.

I had many problems with resident spy ware that was just waiting for the administrator to access the system; I was fortunate that I always monitor the registry with new tasks and found it fast.

Vista may be a secure system ; which has been presented to the public as a virus safe operating system, however all the protection measures can drastically work against a user when they are used by unknowing hacker programmers consistent with the Storm Trojan programmers.

You will have a very tough time getting rid of viruses when these clandestine programmers understand the full lockout power of vista, and Microsoft?s new protected reserved partition.

So remember, if you are not an administrator, do use the account.


Chris Egilo.

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