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I'm NOT the Administrator??

by toddmitchell / May 20, 2005 2:10 AM PDT

Mine is the only user account on my PC - says I am the Administrator - but every time I go to remove programs (thru the Control Panels; c: drive is 98% full), it says I need to log in as the administrator to do this.

XP SP2 on an older Gateway (P2 300, I think)

Thanks in advance!

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To remove a program..
by Melati Hitam / May 20, 2005 2:57 AM PDT

you have to be the Administrator or a User with Administrator priviledge.

That message is normal and by design... and came out only to warn you..

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Ah, but...
by toddmitchell / May 20, 2005 7:29 AM PDT
In reply to: To remove a program..

...I wasn't able to remove the program, so it must be more. (On to the next message....)

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There is a hidden account...
by AussiePete / May 20, 2005 4:18 AM PDT

called "the administrator" - you are a user with administrative powers (privileges). You can see the different accounts in accessories/user accounts. However it is not shown at boot time because it is a sleeping type of account that is not used day to day but only by the administrator for maintenance work. You can enter that admin account by pressing ctr+alt+del TWICE at the login prompt.
However you should be able to install things with your user account. Anyway log in as the user, do what you have to do then goto user accounts and make sure your account is set to a "administrator account" as opposed to a "LIMITED account".
If it was already set that way set your account to limited reboot logging in as the administrator and then reset your account back to an "administrator account".

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by toddmitchell / May 20, 2005 7:29 AM PDT

Will try it when I get home tonight! Thanks!

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Made an error
by AussiePete / May 20, 2005 8:45 AM PDT

In the second paragraph it should read:-
"However you should be able to install things with your user account. Anyway log in as the ADMINISTRATOR (not user!!!),.........."

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No dice.
by toddmitchell / May 20, 2005 10:42 AM PDT

Didn't work.

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My next option was as Merl has suggested but..
by AussiePete / May 20, 2005 3:20 PM PDT
In reply to: No dice.

were you able to delete files and install using the admin account - because if you weren't maybe setting up another admin account wont work either.

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XP Pro ? or Home ?
by Papa Echo / May 20, 2005 10:57 AM PDT

Where does it say you are the Administrator ? The account name "Administrator" does not mean you are the administrator, or has administrator privileges. It may well be set up as a limited account.

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by toddmitchell / May 20, 2005 11:47 AM PDT
In reply to: XP Pro ? or Home ?

Mine is the only account on the whole damn computer, and it says "Computer Administrator" under my name on Control Panels > User Accounts.

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Try this
by Merl Priester / May 20, 2005 2:38 PM PDT
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Make a NEW USER account.
use any name other than administrator and the account you already have.

Make sure you create an account with administrator priv, not LIMITED account.

Log into that account and see if the problem goes away.
If that account is OK, copy your settings and data to it and delete your old account.

You may have a corrupted user profile.

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Administrator ?
by Papa Echo / May 20, 2005 7:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Home

The fact that your drive is 98% full may be a clue. Try removing files to CDs or another drive, or clean up useless files .......I think Windows need some 'space' to work properly.

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(NT) (NT) Papa, It crossed my mind as well !!
by AussiePete / May 20, 2005 8:03 PM PDT
In reply to: Administrator ?
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Main reason being
by AussiePete / May 20, 2005 8:09 PM PDT

If you install programs windows usually creates a restore point amongst other things - which not only includes the installed program but systems snapshot at the time - so think he is trying to pick himself up by his shoe laces!!!!

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(NT) (NT) Or .... Spyware/Virus ?
by billzhills / May 20, 2005 10:36 PM PDT
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Administrator issues...
by toypaws / February 8, 2009 2:28 PM PST

Greetings all
I have a IBM thnkpad and upgraded for XP to Vista. I downloaded Skybot to remove unwanted yuck on my pc and it said it could not delete all because I lacked administrator privledges. Why is this why I am the only user? I filled out the admin stuff when I could it the pc but now the icon is gone?

Any clues

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Vista has new rules.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 9, 2009 12:38 AM PST

Research "Vista Elevated Prompt" and UAC to catch up. Basically there is a new securitly layer you have learn about.

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