Problem with User Accounts on Windows XP


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Guest

I need help, bad. I recently set a password for the Administrative account,
which is the account I use, and a family member tried to get on while I was
away. She didn't know the password so, she logged onto the Guest account by
typing in "guest" as the user name and left the password field blank. She
said all she did was check an email. She did not download any programs or
anything like that. I've already tried loginrecovery.com and it did not work.
The guest account has Limited permissions, so you can do very few things on
it. If anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it!

-Noah
 
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M

Malke

Noah said:
I need help, bad. I recently set a password for the Administrative
account, which is the account I use, and a family member tried to get
on while I was away. She didn't know the password so, she logged onto
the Guest account by typing in "guest" as the user name and left the
password field blank. She said all she did was check an email. She did
not download any programs or anything like that. I've already tried
loginrecovery.com and it did not work. The guest account has Limited
permissions, so you can do very few things on it. If anyone has any
suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it!

I really don't see how logging in as Guest caused your issue, but simply
log into the normally-hidden Administrator account and then go to the
User Accounts applet in Control Panel and fix things.

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.

In XP Pro, you do not need to go into Safe Mode. At the Welcome Screen,
do Ctrl-Alt-Del twice to get the classic Windows logon box. Type in
"Administrator" and whatever password you assigned when you set up
Windows.

If you reset the built-in Administrator account's password in Home or
have Pro and don't remember the password, use NTpasswd to change the
built-in Administrator account's password to a blank.

http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

Malke
 
G

Guest

See thats the thing. I saw your post down there a couple hours ago and tried
it. When I start it in safe mode it still asks me to login to a User but
instead of giving me the normally hidden admin. login it still says User
Name: guest

I know I'm putting in the password right and I never changed the name of the
user. So I dont see whats wrong. I type in Administrator into the username
and then my password and it doesnt work.
 
M

Malke

Noah said:
See thats the thing. I saw your post down there a couple hours ago and
tried it. When I start it in safe mode it still asks me to login to a User
but
instead of giving me the normally hidden admin. login it still says User
Name: guest

I know I'm putting in the password right and I never changed the name of
the
user. So I dont see whats wrong. I type in Administrator into the
username and then my password and it doesnt work.

So you do have XP Home? In Safe Mode at the Welcome Screen, do Ctrl-Alt-Del
twice to get the classic logon box. Type in the name "Administrator" and
put in the password.

If that doesn't work, there are still ways of getting in. You can create a
Bart's PE or use NTpasswd to see what accounts are on the system. A
professional computer shop will also have software that is more expensive
than an end user would want to pay that can get in. You decide what your
skill level is.

Malke
 
G

Guest

Wow, thank you so much! That last one really helped me out. Everything is
back to normal now. Again, thank you so much!
 
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M

Malke

Noah said:
Wow, thank you so much! That last one really helped me out. Everything is
back to normal now. Again, thank you so much!

Excellent! I'm glad you got it sorted. It would be smart for you to create
an extra user account with administrative privileges as an emergency
fallback. You don't ever have to use it and it will take up almost no
space.

Malke
 
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