How to activate the built in administrator account


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On the same computer there are two accounts, both are administrator accounts
and one of them is the built in administrator account and the other is let's
say XX.
By accident the XX administrator happens to deactivate the built in account
and then later can not remember the password used for XX.
Now, what can I do, because even though I remember the password for the
built in account I can not logon with this account as it is deactivated!
Hopefully I can do something, otherwise Microsoft has made a very bad
solution, as you cannot delete the built in account but you can certainly
deactivate it and right now it gives nearly the same bad result :(
I'm looking forward for some help, please :)
 
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Torgeir Bakken \(MVP\)

DD said:
On the same computer there are two accounts, both are administrator accounts
and one of them is the built in administrator account and the other is let's
say XX.
By accident the XX administrator happens to deactivate the built in account
and then later can not remember the password used for XX.
Now, what can I do, because even though I remember the password for the
built in account I can not logon with this account as it is deactivated!
Hopefully I can do something, otherwise Microsoft has made a very bad
solution, as you cannot delete the built in account but you can certainly
deactivate it and right now it gives nearly the same bad result :(
I'm looking forward for some help, please :)
Hi,

Boot into safe mode (tap F8 repeatedly early in the computer/Windows
startup process), and the builtin administrator account will be active.

If no user logon appears in Safe Mode where you can type in a
user account name (or click on it), press Ctrl+Alt+Del twice.


And if you have forgot the password:

You can reset the local Administrator password with one of the methods
mentioned here (you may need to create the boot cd/floppy on another
computer):

http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_administrator_password.htm

e.g. this one:
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
 
M

Malke

DD said:
On the same computer there are two accounts, both are administrator
accounts and one of them is the built in administrator account and the
other is let's say XX.
By accident the XX administrator happens to deactivate the built in
account and then later can not remember the password used for XX.
Now, what can I do, because even though I remember the password for
the built in account I can not logon with this account as it is
deactivated! Hopefully I can do something, otherwise Microsoft has
made a very bad solution, as you cannot delete the built in account
but you can certainly deactivate it and right now it gives nearly the
same bad result :( I'm looking forward for some help, please :)

If you have disabled the built-in Administrator account, booting into
Safe Mode will automatically enable it again (temporarily, for that
Safe Mode session).

Boot into Safe Mode (tap F8 repeatedly as the computer is starting). If
no user logon appears in Safe Mode where you can type in the user
account name "Administrator" (or click on it), press Ctrl+Alt+Del
twice.

Malke
 
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Bruce Chambers

DD said:
On the same computer there are two accounts, both are administrator accounts
and one of them is the built in administrator account and the other is let's
say XX.
By accident the XX administrator happens to deactivate the built in account
and then later can not remember the password used for XX.
Now, what can I do, because even though I remember the password for the
built in account I can not logon with this account as it is deactivated!
Hopefully I can do something, otherwise Microsoft has made a very bad
solution, as you cannot delete the built in account but you can certainly
deactivate it and right now it gives nearly the same bad result :(
I'm looking forward for some help, please :)


Once any additional user accounts have been created, the Administrator
account will no longer be displayed on the Welcome Screen. It has not
been "deactivated." This is a default security feature. By design, the
only way to log into the Administrator account of WinXP Home is to
reboot into Safe Mode. For WinXP Pro, pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL twice at
the Welcome Screen will produce the standard login dialog box.

The built-in Administrator account really isn't intended to be
used for day-to-day normal use. The standard security practice is to
set a strong password on it and use it only to create another account
for regular use, reserving the Administrator account as a "back door"
in case something corrupts your regular account(s).


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