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Remove Administrator Privledges in XP


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#1 EducatedGuess

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:34 PM

Hi. I recently bought an older XP desktop on Craigslist. Apparently it was a corporate computer. Is there a way to removed administrator priveledges without a reformat? Right now, when I go to add a program, I get a message that I cannot add any software because I am not the administrator. Is there any way to get around this, short of a complete HD reformat?

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 12:38 PM

I would highly recommend a reformat. Without knowing the administrator password you cannot remove the domain settings.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 05:21 PM

Madman, thanks for the response. I think you're probably right. Can I reformat with ANY XP OS software, such as Dell or HP or Gateway? This is a generic, non-branded computer (looks kinda home-built). Can I use XP laptop software to reformat?

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 06:55 PM

Those CD's are tied to the company that those operating systems are licensed too. You will need a Retail or OEM XP CD.

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 09:29 PM

Thanks. So I can probably find those on CraigsList or Ebay, right?

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Posted 14 December 2011 - 09:31 PM

Yes you can, but make sure they come with a key.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 01:09 AM

And also make sure that they are legit copies and not bootleg versions of Windows!

On CraigsList or Ebay its truly caveat emptor!
Buyer beware, as you have found out.
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