Setting User Name to ADMINISTRATOR


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Richard

Hi. The first username or user account name was a single letter, because I
just put a single letter during XP installation process. Then, when XP was
installed I went and changed the user account name in "User Accounts" to a
phrase, a new user account name. Anyway, later I created new accounts, so I
have a few user accounts set up on my PC now.

Now, I want to change the original user account, the first one, to a new
name, to that of ADMINISTRATOR, but I get a message saying that name is
already in use. What do I have to do to change the name of the first user
account (basically the default one that you start with after installing XP)
to the name of ADMINISTRATOR? TIA.
 
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Malke

Richard said:
Hi. The first username or user account name was a single letter, because I
just put a single letter during XP installation process. Then, when XP was
installed I went and changed the user account name in "User Accounts" to a
phrase, a new user account name. Anyway, later I created new accounts, so I
have a few user accounts set up on my PC now.

Now, I want to change the original user account, the first one, to a new
name, to that of ADMINISTRATOR, but I get a message saying that name is
already in use. What do I have to do to change the name of the first user
account (basically the default one that you start with after installing XP)
to the name of ADMINISTRATOR? TIA.
You can't. There is a built-in Administrator account already. You cannot
delete this account, nor would you want to. Name your new account
something else, perhaps "tech". You may want to read how to correctly
create user accounts in XP here since you apparently made some mistakes
(renaming accounts, for instance):

HOW TO Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows XP -
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;279783


Malke
 
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Shenan Stanley

Richard said:
Hi. The first username or user account name was a single letter,
because I just put a single letter during XP installation process.
Then, when XP was installed I went and changed the user account
name in "User Accounts" to a phrase, a new user account name.
Anyway, later I created new accounts, so I have a few user accounts
set up on my PC now.
Now, I want to change the original user account, the first one, to
a new name, to that of ADMINISTRATOR, but I get a message saying
that name is already in use. What do I have to do to change the
name of the first user account (basically the default one that you
start with after installing XP) to the name of ADMINISTRATOR? TIA.

You need to rename the built-in user account "administrator" to something
else.
The account you first created was not "the" administrator, albeit likely *a*
administrator.
And if you never set an administrator password for that user - it's likely
blank - no password.

Windows XP what?
Home? Professional? Tablet PC? Media Center Edition? x64? Other?

In Windows XP Home - boot into Safe Mode to logon as the actual user
"administrator".
In Windows XP Professional with the Welcome Screen logon still enabled,
reboot and at the welcome screen, press CTRL+ALT+DEL twice in a row to get
the classic logon prompt and logon as the actual user "administrator".
 

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