Logging in with default Administrator account

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Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]

Situation: XP Pro workstation connected to a workgroup (not an AD domain). At login, two user accounts were on display - Administrator and Joe (the local user's name). I logged in as Adminstrator, and created a new user account for me, and assigned it administrator access. I then logged off.

When I did, the login screen only showed the two user accounts (Joe and Kevin), but not the Administrator. I went ahead and logged in, and then wwent into Computer Mgmt and can see that the Administrator account is still there. It just doesn't show up on the XP login screen.

I wante to delete my account, but I don't want to in fear that the old Administrator account will not come back and then they be up the creek.

Any advice?
 
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Torgeir Bakken \(MVP\)

Kevin said:
Situation: XP Pro workstation connected to a workgroup (not an AD domain). At login, two user accounts were on display - Administrator and Joe (the local user's name). I logged in as Adminstrator, and created a new user account for me, and assigned it administrator access. I then logged off.

When I did, the login screen only showed the two user accounts (Joe and Kevin), but not the Administrator. I went ahead and logged in, and then wwent into Computer Mgmt and can see that the Administrator account is still there. It just doesn't show up on the XP login screen.

I wante to delete my account, but I don't want to in fear that the old Administrator account will not come back and then they be up the creek.

Any advice?
Hi

At the logon screen (after a reboot) press Ctrl-Alt-Del *twice*.

You should then be presented with the "Log On to Windows" dialog box
where you can enter Administrator in the "User name" field.
 
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Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]

Thanks! After a little more searching, I found that answer myself.

Also, there is also a post about a reg edit that will put the Administrator
back onto the "friendly" XP login screen. Is this OK to do (if the customer
wants the admin account to be displayed?)
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domain). At login, two user accounts were on display - Administrator and Joe
(the local user's name). I logged in as Adminstrator, and created a new user
account for me, and assigned it administrator access. I then logged off.Kevin), but not the Administrator. I went ahead and logged in, and then
wwent into Computer Mgmt and can see that the Administrator account is still
there. It just doesn't show up on the XP login screen.
 
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Torgeir Bakken \(MVP\)

Kevin said:
Thanks! After a little more searching, I found that answer myself.

Also, there is also a post about a reg edit that will put the Administrator
back onto the "friendly" XP login screen. Is this OK to do (if the customer
wants the admin account to be displayed?)

As long as the customer wants it this way, I cant see any harm
in doing that.
 
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eschatonik

Kevin said:
Thanks! After a little more searching, I found that answer myself.

Also, there is also a post about a reg edit that will put the Administrator
back onto the "friendly" XP login screen. Is this OK to do (if the customer
wants the admin account to be displayed?)

If you would rather not edit the reg by hand, a quick way to
enable/disable showing the administrator on the login screen is provided
for in Microsoft's free TweakUI utility:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx
 
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Kevin Weilbacher [SBS-MVP]

Duh ... I forgot about the XP Powertools as a solution to the problem.
Thanks.
:)
 
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