Bama Belle, et al:
Sorry for the delay in replying, but was out of town for a funeral this weekend, and am now trying to get caught up. Meanwhile, I spoke with my tech friend/systems administrator about this, who said there's a built in Admin account accessible only in Safe Mode if all else fails. Nonetheless, it was still impossible to rename or delete the "Kevin" account, the sole visible user account. I'd already read all the info re copying data to a new account, which seemed to apply to user accounts - not the primary account - and there's plenty of info out there about how that one cannot be changed. Again, this was a used system and I didn't know exactly what they'd done in terms of account creation, so this was new to me. Some things were installed under one name, others under my name, and that just wasn't acceptable to me - not in the long run.
Since I was prepared to backup and reinstall XP, and therefore had nothing to lose, I did the following: I created a new temp acct w/ admin privileges, meaning there were now three: Kevin, Michael, and TempAdmin. Log on with TempAdmin, copy everything from Kevin into Michael, reboot, and then delete Kevin & TempAdmin after a few tests. That worked, although 3-4 programs no longer did, and those had to be reninstalled. Still, this was a lot easier than a full reinstall of XP + drivers, and I'm now well into installing all my software, updates, etc. All's well that ends well, and perhaps this will help another out of a similar jam?
All the replies and efforts to assist are most appreciated; this is a great site with a stellar group of members.
Be well, Michael
Edited by NorCal_Mike, 20 February 2012 - 08:58 PM.