XP Home HIDES that account and all that is proper. Sadly I find many to never read a book, take a class or ever ask about this. At least you asked in a round about way. Here's an article about the Administrator account that only shows up during safe mode and a few other places and times -> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080616155205AAfqCiA
" gpedit does not work. "
GPEDIT was NEVER included with XP Home. Again, this could be where the fine manual (which didn't come with the machine) would be handy. If you must do this read http://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?showtopic=129347
In closing, what do you do for warranty and support?
My laptop has been unable to boot for about 6 months now, and last night, I just felt like trying it again, so I started it up, and was able to boot into safe mode. I'm using Windows XP Home SP2, with a 25gb hard drive, 224mb of ram, Celeron processor at 2.2ghz. The virus that is on my laptop has created an administrator account that is not visible under "user accounts", though is visible (but inaccessable) from the XP login page, consistently turns off my anti-virus software (sbc-yahoo online protection package), has taken away my access to windows installer with an error message that states "the system administrator has set policies to prevent this installation". gpedit does not work. I cannot go online. "administrator *" is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program, or batch file. I REALLY do not want to try to reboot it, seeing as how it's the first time I've gotten it to boot in 6 months. Any suggestions?