Unwanted Account Changes.


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M.I.5¾

Here's on I've not seen here before.

My principal account has mysteriously changed from being an Administrator
account to a guest account. It no longer appears on the Welcome screen, it
only being possible to log on by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del twice to get the
classic logon screen.

I cannot change it back to an Administrator account because it is not listed
on 'Control Panel'>'User Accounts'. It isn't listed in the available
accounts in 'Control Userpasswords2' either.

So how do I change it back to Administrator status?

This is Windows XP Home by the way.
 
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Nepatsfan

M.I.5¾ said:
Here's on I've not seen here before.

My principal account has mysteriously changed from being an Administrator
account to a guest account. It no longer appears on the Welcome screen, it
only being possible to log on by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del twice to get the
classic logon screen.

I cannot change it back to an Administrator account because it is not listed
on 'Control Panel'>'User Accounts'. It isn't listed in the available
accounts in 'Control Userpasswords2' either.

So how do I change it back to Administrator status?

This is Windows XP Home by the way.

By any chance did you try to use the User Account applet that launches when you
run control userpasswords2 to make any changes to your account? What your
describing happens when you try to add a user account to the power users group
in Windows XP Home. Hopefully, the following advice will fix the problem.

Restart your computer and boot into Safe Mode.
In Safe Mode, log in with the built in Administrator account.
Open a command prompt window, Start -> Run -> cmd.exe.
At the prompt, enter the following command substituting the correct info for
where it says youraccount.

net localgroup administrators /add youraccount

You should see a line telling you the command completed successfully.
Restart the computer and check the status of your account.

Good luck

Nepatsfan
 
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M.I.5¾

Nepatsfan said:
By any chance did you try to use the User Account applet that launches
when you run control userpasswords2 to make any changes to your account?
What your describing happens when you try to add a user account to the
power users group in Windows XP Home. Hopefully, the following advice will
fix the problem.

Restart your computer and boot into Safe Mode.
In Safe Mode, log in with the built in Administrator account.
Open a command prompt window, Start -> Run -> cmd.exe.
At the prompt, enter the following command substituting the correct info
for where it says youraccount.

net localgroup administrators /add youraccount

You should see a line telling you the command completed successfully.
Restart the computer and check the status of your account.

I didn't get as far as trying that. Instead, because of another problem, I
just restored my last backup, which naturally fixed it.

Thanks anyway.
 

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