xp pro - adding admin rights without being an admin


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Bill

A friend received a laptop with xp pro installed. She has a guest
account with a known password. She does not know the admin account
name or password. Because she is not an admin, she is not able to do
much with it.

Is there a way to get her admin rights, without logging on as an
admin ? Or create a new account that has admin rights, without
logging on as an admin ? I don't want to have to reinstall xp for
her.
 
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Pegasus \(MVP\)

Bill said:
A friend received a laptop with xp pro installed. She has a guest
account with a known password. She does not know the admin account
name or password. Because she is not an admin, she is not able to do
much with it.

Is there a way to get her admin rights, without logging on as an
admin ? Or create a new account that has admin rights, without
logging on as an admin ? I don't want to have to reinstall xp for
her.

No - you MUST reset the password for the admin account:
Being able to create an admin without being an admin yourself
would totally defy the principle of admin accounts, wouldn't it?
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/bootdisk.html
 
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Bruce Chambers

Bill said:
A friend received a laptop with xp pro installed.


"Received" how, precisely? As a gift? Purchased second-hand?

She has a guest
account with a known password. She does not know the admin account
name or password. Because she is not an admin, she is not able to do
much with it.


If the person from whom she "acquired" the computer cannot give her
the passwords, (and the installation CDs for the OS and any other
software installed), she'd be wise to immediately check with the
appropriate law enforcement agencies to ensure that she hasn't
inadvertently received stolen property.

Is there a way to get her admin rights, without logging on as an
admin ?

No.

Or create a new account that has admin rights, without
logging on as an admin ?

No.

I don't want to have to reinstall xp for
her.


Nevertheless, that's probably the best thing to do. With
second-hand computers, perhaps even if acquired from a family member or
friend, but especially if acquired from a stranger, the wisest course of
action would definitely be to format the hard drives and start fresh.
I'm sure she doesn't want to get in trouble because the original owner
may have filled the hard drive with kiddie porn, or have problems
because the original owner downloaded/installed viruses or other malware.


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Xandros

A reinstall of XP takes a long time to be sure but is the wisest way to go.
By the way a "Guest account" has no way to assign a password so she must
have a Limited account. Has she tried logging onto the Administrator account
with a blank password? Or as Pegasus mentioned she can simply blank the
password with the hack program he sent a link to.
 
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Adela

Please forgive my intrusion, but how DOES one acquire adminsitrative rights?
I own my Dell computer but have no way of knowing whether I have these
rights, and if not, how to get them? Could someone let me know? Thanks so
much! Adela

Here's what I have:
(WinXP Home SP2; OE 6; IE 6; Dell Dimension XPS T450MHz Pentium III; Free
Version 7.5.503; spybot S&D; ad-aware; cable modem; WordPerfect8; Lexmark
Laser printer "Optra E310")
 
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Pegasus \(MVP\)

You acquire administrative rights by logging on as "Administrator",
then elevating your normal logon account to "administrator"
status. This is not a recommended course of action: If your
everyday logon account has administrative privileges then you
make it easy for a virus to establish itself on your machine.
Much better to leave the account as it is and to log on as
Administrator only when you need to.
 
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