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I have Windows XP and I am the only person working on this computer.
In Documents&Settings, I have 1+2 cloned owners, 1+2 cloned administrators folders.
In control panel, user account, it gives me 1 owner and 1 administrator, also1 administrator in safe mode. The same if I log off and log in again.
I didn't consider that a problem until yesterday, I received an error (about profiles?) and it logged in such a clone owner account.
In other words, the clone became the recognized one and the real one became the clone.
Luckily, the original files didn't disappear but they are hard to find and Windows, Internet and all programs ask to be set up again. As if I was a new user on this computer. I expect more problems in future.
What happened and what can I do?
Is it an IP problem?
Restore didn't work.
Get all of your data backed up as soon as you can, i think the system has been compromised, there are only 2 ways around this problem 1st is you can boot into safe mode and delete the all accounts manually (except admin account) reboot it should boot sraight into admin, then re-create account, or a clean install
Posted on Nov 22, 2008
First disconnect the internet.
Then go into user accounts in the control panel...
give everyone, if possible, administrator clearance.
SCAN FOR SPYWARE, if desired!
Copy anything that you need off of the computer.
Format the hard drive re-install windows with YOU being the ADMINISTRATOR....
Do NOT add anyone else!
This is what I would try first!
Posted on Nov 22, 2008
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Here is a
simple way to access Windows XP with Administrator rights and privileges if you
have password protected your User account on your Windows XP system and can't
remember the password(s) to login. Whenever Windows XP is installed on a
system, it creates a default account called "Administrator" and by
default this account is not password protected. Therefore, if you bought a
brand name computer (such as Dell, HP, Compaq or Sony)or you have installed
Windows XP yourself. You should be able to login to the computer through theunprotected
You can log on as an administrator to assign a
new password to your account. To do this, try Method 1.
Switch ON the PC, boot the PC in 'Safe Mode' by continuously tapping F8 button
after you switch on until you get the Safe Mode Option.
Let windows boot in Safe Mode and log in to windows.
Click through several self-explanatory
screens until your reach the familiar 'Welcome' screen.
this welcome screen is limited to 256 colors and 640x480 resolution because the
primary graphics will have been set to the Windows Safe Mode software VGA
adapter. You will not be able to change this mode even in Display options,
while Windows is running in Safe Mode.
the icon for the Administrator user. If the default settings of your system
haven't been changed, there should be no password for this account.
Continue on to the User Settings control panel. Here you can change any of the other passwords for user on the machine. Make any changes you want.
Reboot your computer. As long as you don't press any keys (e.g. F8) during the boot-up the computer will startup normally.
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