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Windows XP Administrator account issues

by rciobanu / May 24, 2007 4:46 AM PDT


I have XP Pro and recently tried to create a second admin account. Upon creation of it, the main one (with all my files) disappeared and now I cannot find any of my files. I still see a folder in "Documents and Settings" called "Administrator", but I cannot access it. Please help...

Thank you very much


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Tweak UI or Take Ownership
by linkit / May 24, 2007 4:57 AM PDT
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If you don't want to use TweakUI,
by Edward ODaniel / May 24, 2007 6:15 AM PDT

the administrator account is still there, just, now that you have a different account, it is not displayed on the startup screen normally.

boot into safemode (hold F8 when the computer is starting up, and select 'safe mode') and that will give you access to the administrator account. take whatever files you need and put them in an open folder, then reboot, and you can access them from that folder.

Alternatively you could boot as normal to the welcome screen .... I presume you have a password for the accounts...Click on the name.....Do NOT type the password for that account .......Press CTRL ALT DEL and do this twice......... A window will open delete the account name and type Administrator and press enter.... If when you first installed XP you added a Administrators password enter it in the Password box and enter you are now in the Place you want to be. Copy the files you want to wherever you want them.

Personally though (if I wanted that "hold my hand" Welcome Screen) I would just make a quick and simple Registry edit (same as TweakUI does) as follows:
1. Open Regedit and browse to -
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

2. Create the following entry: Administrator: REG_DWORD

3. Assign a value of 1.

4. Close Registry Editor.

5. Reboot.

Then again some like it even simpler:

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