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#1 rolling2live

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Posted 14 October 2006 - 11:23 PM

Ok, when i go into Internet options in IE it says that it is restricted, then to contact computer admin.. well my user accounts only have one account which is me.. and it says its set as system admin? so how do i acces these options? im not really sure what im doing wrong, but im sure someone knows.. Thanks

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Posted 15 October 2006 - 02:43 AM

When you first got the computer did you set up an account for yourself or did you just change the name on the built in administrator account?

Try just signing on as Administrator.
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Posted 16 October 2006 - 02:43 PM

there is only one user account. When i restart and the log in screen comes up, it just says my name.. no Administrator. Do i have to turn the Guest account on maybe? because i have no options other than to sign in to my own account.


EDIT: when i boot in Safe Mode it lets me sign on Administrator..? don't know why that would be..

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 05:38 PM

Most systems have the actual Administrator account hidden until you go into Safe Mode.

Generally, there will be an "Owner" account that is setup by the maker of the PC - and they let you rename it when you first setup the system. This owner account is an administrator account, but isn't THE Administrator account.

The reason for this is security. If you use the Administrator account - then 1/2 of the hacker's job is done for him (since every XP computer has an Administrator account). If you then use lax passwords, you've made it easy for a hacker to gain access to your system.

The most likely cause of the errors that you're getting (presuming that your account is an administrator account) is either an anti-virus, anti-spyware, or tweaking program with settings that are too aggressive. Changing these settings might make things better for you.

The next most likely cause is malware - so I'd suggest a free, online scan here: http://safety.live.com/

The next most likely cause is (IMO) a broken installation of Internet Explorer. The fix is simple, but tedious - just uninstall SP2 (if you don't have it - install it!). Then reinstall SP2 (and all the other updates - about 50 of them) and all should be well.
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