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#1 legoman786

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 04:20 PM

I recently went into the Safe Mode and I saw another user account with the title 'Administrator." How can this be when we have only 1 user account on the computer and never have made such an account? Also, when I went into the users control panel... I could not see the account and therefore could not delete it. Is this normal?

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 08:01 PM

If you have XP Home this is normal. I don't fully understand it but in XP Home the 'real' Administrator is a hidden account which appears in Safe Mode.

Hopefully others will explain it to both of us. :thumbsup:

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#3 legoman786

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 08:11 PM

Haha... I guess we will just have to wait and see.

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 08:20 PM

The account is created during XP's installation and uses the password you assigned at that time. The account was created to resolve some pretty basic security and compatibility issues (with old software -- still not a very good idea). You can still access "Administrator" account outside of Safe Mode, as long as you're using the classic log-on interface (as opposed to quick user switch). If you're using quick switch and want to have access to the account, just go to Control Panel -> User Accounts -> Change the way users log on and off and deselect the welcome screen.

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Posted 26 December 2005 - 08:33 PM

But if I want to delete it, then how do I do that?

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Posted 27 December 2005 - 12:52 AM

There is really no need to delete the account. To do so in XP requires modifications to your system's registry (which can cripple your system if done incorrectly) and for those reasons I will not post such instructions. Maybe someone else will? Sorry I couldn't help you anymore, but I still think it would be in your best interests not deleting that account.




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