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Two XP Pro SP2 Administrators

by akilo55 / July 27, 2009 4:43 AM PDT

Hi (first post):

Using; Dell GX280, BIOS A07, 2.8 GHz, 512 Mz RAM, 160 GB HD, XP Pro, SP2

When I first booted up the system the administrator was fine and I selected the microsoft (alone) version. Then I rebooted and tried to select the non-microsoft version. The result was the creation of a second administrator. One is the old microsoft version (which blocks a lot of functionality) and the new one ? "administrator.Frank?." which is fine. There is a lot of duplication in the system files for these two systems. The second one works well. It would be nice to somehow reboot and have a clean system without the microsoft administrator ? it is unclear how to do this since I tried once and created the second adminstrator. I am probably rebooting improperly.

Thanks for any comments. Frank (akilo55)

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"always two there are"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 27, 2009 4:47 AM PDT

This area of NT and later version Windows seem to get people into trouble as they try to reduce administrators or even accounts to "only one."

"I have a bad feeling about this" when I read such posts as if the owner succeeds and then suffers the old XP CORRUPT PROFILE problem they are without a spare account to get back in.

Be sure of your goals here.
Bob

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XP Pro SP2 -- administrator issue
by akilo55 / July 28, 2009 2:44 AM PDT
In reply to: "always two there are"

Dear Bob P. ? Many thanks for the input. No one else has had anything to say (in other forums).

I am confused. I started with a clean computer and loaded in a system with an XP pro SP2 CD ? this gave me a single system (one administrator). The basic question is can I do this again? If so how? I tried it with the same CD and got a second administrator.

I am happy to start from scratch. Everything is backed up. Can I go into BIOS and "reset all default values"? Also, I do not know how to get into the old administrator. There are a lot of duplicate files involved here.

Best regards, Frank, akilo55

Using; Dell GX280, BIOS A07, 2.8 GHz, 512 Mz RAM, 160 GB HD, XP Pro, SP2

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Which sounds proper.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 28, 2009 3:22 AM PDT

Not to duplicate microsoft's MSDN and books on system administration but if you want to start over, do that. If you want to delete an account, do that.

My reply is to point out the danger of a single administrator's account.
Bob

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