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Accidentally deleted default admin user in Windows XP


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#1 Amelia G

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 03:42 PM

I tried to follow this procedure: http://www.ehow.com/how_5078719_block-websites-except-one.html I have been using my default admin account for ages on this Windows XP machine.

The system prompted me to create a Computer Admin account and then allowed me to set up a limited account.

Now my default admin account has disappeared. It has taken many things I need with it, including my Photoshop actions and access to some software and all of my saved passwords in FireFox and IE.

I have tried a system restore to no avail. Suggestions on how to get my default admin user back would be much appreciated. That user was passworded and the ones currently appearing are not and I don't really even get how, with any security features at all, it would be possible to set up a new admin account and delete the old one, thus disabling password access on a computer.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 03:59 PM

Try this:
Reboot into Safe Mode, it should show A choice of Administrator or user account, choose Administrator, and then create a new account and make it Administrator, Reboot back to normal mode and boot into this account :huh:

Good Luck !

Edited by doinmeedin, 09 February 2011 - 03:59 PM.

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#3 Amelia G

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 04:31 PM

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy!

Safemode reboot and deleting newly created accounts worked.

Phew.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 04:34 PM

Hello and welcome to the forum!

While you are in safe mode as admin, it might not be a bad idea to back your stuff up just in case as this sounds a bit odd to me. I thought that there always had to be at least one admin account with XP. Might be wrong though.

Does the default admin account appear when you try to switch users?
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 04:36 PM

Glad you got it to work!

I would still back up though just in case.
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 08:00 AM

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy!

Safemode reboot and deleting newly created accounts worked.

Phew.


Glad i could be of help Amelia G, also glad your up and running again !
Well done !

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