HELP!! I need user accounts


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Guest

My computer is @ 3 months old and when I set it up I never set up user
accounts, my husband and two kids have been using the same account all this
time (it's the original or default admin account) named Administrator.
I realize now from reading posts here that I should NOT be using this admin
account. I stumbled on this problem now only because myself and my daughter
each now have an Ipod and in order to have our own idividual music accounts
we need to each have our own user accounts.
When I am on this admin account and I try to create a new account I am told
that "I must create at least one admin account before I can create other user
accounts" It doesn't recognize this as an account, so I did do that and
created another user account (admin) but then my original one was hidden and
ALL of my files, icons, etc. are linked to that original account and I can
not get to them.

HELP!!!
 
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Malke

Cheryl said:
My computer is @ 3 months old and when I set it up I never set up user
accounts, my husband and two kids have been using the same account all
this time (it's the original or default admin account) named
Administrator. I realize now from reading posts here that I should NOT
be using this admin
account. I stumbled on this problem now only because myself and my
daughter each now have an Ipod and in order to have our own idividual
music accounts we need to each have our own user accounts.
When I am on this admin account and I try to create a new account I am
told that "I must create at least one admin account before I can
create other user accounts" It doesn't recognize this as an account,
so I did do that and created another user account (admin) but then my
original one was hidden and ALL of my files, icons, etc. are linked to
that original account and I can not get to them.
If you have XP Home, you aren't using the built-in Administrator account
which is hidden by default. In XP Home, boot the computer into Safe
Mode. Do this by repeatedly tapping the F8 key as the computer is
starting up. This will get you to the right menu. Navigate using your
Up arrow key; the mouse will not work here. Once in Safe Mode, you will
see the normally hidden Administrator account. The default password is
a blank.

Once logged into the built-in Administrator account, go to the User
Accounts applet in Control Panel and make several new user accounts.
You can copy the account you are current using to a new one. You must
log into any new accounts once before you can copy anything to them.

Copy a User Account -
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=811151

Malke
 
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Guest

Thak you so much for responding so quickly, I just have acouple more
questions...

I did a system restore so I am actually back to having only the one admin
account, with this in mind do I have to create the new user accounts from
safe mode or can I do it from normal mode?
The next question is that when I try to create a new account from the admin
account, it will only let me create other admin accounts, is that right?
 
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Malke

Cheryl said:
Thak you so much for responding so quickly, I just have acouple more
questions...

I did a system restore so I am actually back to having only the one
admin account, with this in mind do I have to create the new user
accounts from safe mode or can I do it from normal mode?
The next question is that when I try to create a new account from the
admin account, it will only let me create other admin accounts, is
that right?

I'm not really following what you did, but if you are logged into the
computer with any account that has administrator privileges ("Computer
Administrator"), you can just go to the User Accounts applet in Control
Panel in Regular Mode. Make as many new user accounts as you like. You
will be given the choice of making the users either Computer
Administrators or Limited.

Malke
 

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