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can not obtain administrator rights

After reformating H.D. and reinstalling Win2kpro, I obviously made a mistake. I can bootup to a user, but can not boot up to administrator. How can I install administrator ? I went to Administrator tools where Administrator is listed stating - default, tried to put in a name = administrator and password, but DENIED access ???

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Re:can not obtain administrator rights

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Accounts are managed, not installed.

If you don't remember setting a passwork, try nothing...


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computer management / local users / administrator / - properties - - -

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shows only - "built-in account". Can not enter a name or password. Access denide.
How can I open (or get to) the Administrator account to have priviledges ?

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What's odd about this install?

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You've had a rocky install given your past posts.

Why is that?

This may give up a clue why you can't log on as administrator...


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wish I knew - - - it has been rocky

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can't say specifically. I have done other reformats and install of Win2k without problems.
I did a full install of Win98; then used my Win2k pro upgrade to complete.
At this point, after loading many programs again, I really would rather fix any problems than another format.
Win2k seems to be working fine, including my network -cable modem. The only thing is trying to get Administrator rights. It currently boots up to my wife's name = "Betty\betty" without administrative rights.

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Aha! That told me enough.

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You have it autologging onto a less than capable account.

EASY to remedy.

-> Hold down the shift key until during boot until the logon dialog appears.

Then you can type in administrator and if you didn't set a password, then leave it blank. Add betty to the admin group if you want.


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Yeah !!! Success !!! You're terrific. Next time you're in the Sarasota, Florida area -

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dinner's on me. Now, one last question on this subject: can I just delete Betty's account since she is the only one using her computer - and that way it will always just bootup to Administrator ?

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Please. Never try to make it a single user machine. In fact...

A common pitfall is to try to make NT/2000/XP/2003 setup with only one account. If you follow this and the XP forum, you will occasionally read a PAINFUL dialogue in which the user successfully created a ONE account setup. Then a piece of MALWARE (virus, trojan, whatelse) changes the password or mangles the user's profile.

They get locked out of their account and maybe the administrator account.

As such, my count of accounts is 3. No less than 3! Two Admins (the administrator, a backup administrator and an account to use the machine.)

I think you get the idea.

Thanks for the offer!


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