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XP Media centre edition user account Problems

Hi all,

I am posting here today on behalf of a freind, She has a Dell laptop with Windows xp Media centre edition installed, She had an Admin account setup for herself but after she could no longer logon to the laptop via the welcome screen (thats another problem)only the classic logon window,she decided to change her Admin account to a restricted account.

The problem she has now is: when you go into user accounts to create new account & change pics etc.... There is no option for her to 1) change/create user accounts or 2) change the way you logon . The only choice she has is to change pic and password.

I heared a whisper that it had something to do with windows updates but i dont know enough about computers to comment. Do any of you guys know the cause of this and how it could be rectified?. any help wolud be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

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Interesting "shot self in foot" issue.

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This is why I often write about not having XP with just one lone account. I wonder if their admin account called 'administrator' is still functional and could be used to give the other account admin rights again.


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shooting ones self in the foot!

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Hi Bob,

Thanks for replying so quickly, I did try that msconfig thing when you enter a string of text relating to passwords or something similar but that produced a small popup window with Administrator in the user name catagory but i dont know if there is a default password for Admin. or not.

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From Dell, it's blank. If not, this link.

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From Dell, it's blank. If not, this link.

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Many thanks Bob,

Do you think this would do the trick?, i was concerned that there were no options in user accounts to create or change accounts is this normal?.

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Yes, that's normal for not an admin account.

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That's why I would log in as 'administrator' which is a stock account unless someone has shot their other foot by removing "extra" accounts.

Not the first time I've seen or read people doing this.


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Check the hidden account.

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Not sure if XP MCE has the same thing, but logically it should.

Turn off your computer. Not restart, fully shut down. Wait a couple seconds, then turn it back on. As soon as you turn it back on, start pressing F8 until a boot menu appears, from which you should select Safe Mode (preferably Safe Mode with Networking, but any of the 3 listed will suffice). When XP loads into Safe Mode, there is a hidden account labeled Administrator, that by default does not have a password. Enter this account, and check the other user accounts from there.

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Check the hidden account

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Many thanks will try, does it matter that i only have ristricted/limited account whilst going into safemode?

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the point is...

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you're going into Safe Mode to access the hidden Admin account, which has no restrictions.

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