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Administrator Account with Password Disables WWW Access

by Kinda Geeky / April 5, 2005 6:55 AM PDT

Hi, all. I'm using Windows XP Home SP2 and am connected to the internet through a shared router (via ethernet cable). All firewalls (except the router's firewall) have been disabled.

If I put a password on my account (administrator) on my PC, I'm unable to connect to the internet. All network connections are fine - nothing is dropped or missing. Once I delete the administrator account's password, internet connection is back.

Does anyone know if there's a work around for this? What are the security risks if there's no password on the administrator account? Thanks for your time and help.


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Double check your settings.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2005 7:28 AM PDT
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Thank you, but that's not it.
by Kinda Geeky / April 5, 2005 7:37 AM PDT

Thank you, Bob. However, I don't connect through PPP. Just an "always on" connection through the HomePortal router. As long as the router is on and my ethernet cable is connected, I'm connected to the WWW. No need to logon, etc. Do I need to setup something? Or did I misunderstand what you were telling me?

As long as I don't have a password on my PC on my administrator account, everything works fine - email, browsing, etc. As soon as I put a password on the administrator account, no email or browsing. Just an error saying "the server could not be found".

Thanks for any additional thoughts or advice.


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Oops. Is this user "limited"?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2005 7:56 AM PDT
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Thanks. I'll Find Out
by Kinda Geeky / April 5, 2005 8:00 AM PDT

Thanks for the info. I'll try this tonight. I didn't think the administrator account would be limited or since it's the only account on the PC that it would be limited.


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It's Not a Limited Account
by Kinda Geeky / April 6, 2005 1:39 AM PDT

Hi, R. Thanks for the lead. I checked and it's not a limited account. I also ran the IE wizard (just to be sure), and that didn't fix it either.

I don't mind not having a password on the administrator account. Just not sure how big my exposure is even behind a router firewall and with antivirus protection.


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