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Help!! Need to remove "PRIVATE" setting on Administrator.

by IPAD / December 19, 2007 11:42 AM PST

Hi! I hope someone can help me.

I have just had my Dell Inspiron 8500 re-formatted with Windows XP and set-up the admin (worked fine) then I set-up a second admin (a mistake) but wanted to remove it and couldn?t because I had not set-up a guest acc? so I set up the guest acc.

I still could not remove the 2nd Admin. Then I went back into the first Admin and it asked me if I would like to make it ?private?. This was a big mistake because now I can?t find it anywhere!!

My question(s):
1) How do I find this (original) now private Admin acc; and how do I return it to the USERS ACCOUNTS section so that it shows up on the start-up login?
2) How do I delete the 2nd Admin Acc?

Desperate in Sydney,
Techsec

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This sounds like XP Home.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 19, 2007 12:47 PM PST

That's proper for XP Home. Since we always need a spare Admin account, keep it. Also why did you enable the "guest" account? It has special meaning and should be left disabled.

When you boot safe mode, the original admin account should show.

Bob

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Need to remove "PRIVATE" setting on Administrator
by IPAD / December 19, 2007 1:36 PM PST

Thank you...it worked!!
Techsec

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Admin Account
by Darton Fury / December 19, 2007 12:56 PM PST

Usually the Admin account is hidden from view. It only appears on the Welcome screen if no other Admin account exists, or you start your computer in Safe Mode by repeatedly tapping F8 during startup, or the Admin account is logged on and you're using Fast User Switching. If you're using XP Pro and the Welcome screen, you can press Ctrl+Alt+Delete twice to reveal it. If you're using the classic logon box, type Administrator in the User Name Box and enter the password you created. If using XP Home, Safe Mode is the only way to logon to that Admin account. After logging on with the original, now hidden Admin account, you can delete the other Admin account you created.

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DONE! Remove "PRIVATE" setting on Administrator
by IPAD / December 19, 2007 1:48 PM PST
In reply to: Admin Account

Again, thank you, I have never used the safe mode befor, what a good tool!
Cheers,
IPAD

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