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#1 drummerdude

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 06:07 PM

I had a user account 'Administrator' only at first, and then I decided to create another account for some reason. now when I log into windows I can only see the new account and can not access anything from the 'Administrator' account. the only way I can get into the Administrator account is to boot into safe mode. is there anything I can do to reverse what I did? (both accounts have administrative privileges)

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 07:29 PM

That's Windows default behavior if there are other accounts other than Administrator. You can log on as Administrator by pressing Control + Alt + Delete twice in rapid succession at the Welcome Screen. This will bring up the old style logon box where you can type in your desired user name, in this case Administrator.

To add the Administrator account to the Welcome screen, download Microsoft's TweakUI utility and repeat the steps show in this animation:

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 11:18 PM

BUT. Best practice is to reserve the overall Administrator account for use when you have trouble with your system. It is your fallback in case your day-to-day account has problems.

User accounts can become corrupted, and it is so nice to have a fully functional Administrator account to use when that happens. I suggest that you copy everything over from the Adminstrator account to the new one, and use the new account for everyday.

This explains how to copy everything over from one account to another. Don't worry about the 'corrupted' part this time, it works just fine from fully functional accounts as well. http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=811151
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