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Windows XP (preping for the end)

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#1 Verrette


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 07:49 PM

Hi Guys,

I am gonna try to make my posts short, sweet and to the point.


I am preping my Windows XP (media center edition, V2002, SP3) using a Hewlett-Packard 64. The preping is for the reality of the support ending. So, I have been watching videos, visiting forums, etc... to see what I should do. The first thing I am trying to do is figure out who the "Administrator" is.


*This computer is second hand, givinn to me upon my uncles passing, no information regarding the computer was given to me, just the computer.


I've come to realize the following; regarding 3 "accounts":


#1 Built-in Administrator

this "Built-in Administrator" has no password set

this "Built-in Administrator" is not visable on the login screen, except in computer mgmt


#2 My account

this is labeled the "Computer Administrator" (in computer mgmt it's labeled as HP_Administrator)


#3 Guest Account


Now, I am not complaining by any meens, I have never had a problem getting into my computer or downloading, updated etc... I just am preparing and establishing these accounts, so in the future if I need to fix something account users and passwords will be accessible to me and the least of my concern.


I guess a couple concerns....

Does it matter that I don't have a password setup for this "Built-in Administrator"?

It there a significant difference between the non-visable "Built-in Administrator" and the visable "Computer Administrator" (HP_Administrator)?


Advise will be well aprechiated, as I'm sure in my journey for preparing my XP, bleeping computer will be my best friend!




Thanks! -Stacey

(my computer info:Microsoft Windows XP - Media Center Edition Version 2002 - SP3, 64X2 Dual - Hewlett-Packard Co.)

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#2 rlimas


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 08:40 PM

Does it matter that I don't have a password setup for this "Built-in Administrator"? - YES, do create Administrator password and also change the name to say, "Administator_HP", for added layer of security.  A long time ago I read that malicous programs may try and gain access to the default Admin and NO password account.


It there a significant difference between the non-visable "Built-in Administrator" and the visable "Computer Administrator" (HP_Administrator)-??


XP User Myself, till IBM laptop End. Original base install from 2006 on heavily used business laptop.

#3 hamluis



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Posted 10 May 2014 - 09:05 AM

I've not found it necessary to use a password...for anything...when using XP.


The major difference between an administrator account and the built-in admin account, IMO, is that you can attempt to access the computer via safe mode...if you cannot login normally.  Aside from that, there is no advantage that I've found.




I believe the above article is somewhat incorrect...I have installed XP any number of times on systems I have or have had...and I do not recall ever asserting a password at any point in the installation process.


From looking at http://helpdesk.princeton.edu/kb/display.plx?ID=9553, it appears that I am correct...a blank password can be used.


Note that all versions of Windows beyond XP...do not enable the hidden Admin account.  IMO, that indicates that it is not essential.



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