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I am locked out from my c:\ drive, i cannot save, delete or add new folders

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  • julio_rodrig Dec 26, 2008

    how can i fix it

  • julio_rodrig Dec 26, 2008

    i accessed my computer file from there i went in to properties, next on the option menu i accessed sharing next thing was advanced sharing and from there deleted 2 accounts that had access to files. How can i restore or fix a way to have a full access again on my c:\ drive and file on my laptop. I need help please guys, thanks.

  • julio_rodrig Dec 28, 2008

    I have a Windows Vista Home Premium program on a Acer Aspire 9300-3716 laptop .i accessed my computer file from there i went in to properties, next on the option menu i accessed sharing next thing was advanced sharing and from there deleted 2 accounts that had access to files. How can i restore or fix a way to have a full access again on my c:\ drive and file on my laptop. I need help please guys, thanks.


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You are on a guest account without those permissions. Only an administrator can do that.

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    blueextc3221 Dec 27, 2008

    You must sign in as ADMIN to Windows.


    there should be an ADMIN account. This is the only one that can allow or deny other user accounts to access/make changes to HDD.

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    blueextc3221 Dec 27, 2008

    this problem has nothing to do with Sharing. That is a networking permission. You have to allow or be on an account that allows changes to be made to the HDD....

    A user account in Windows XP is a profile that defines user rights, customizations and settings. By utilizing user accounts on computers with more then one user, each user is able to specify and retain their personal Windows XP environments.

    A user account defines the following properties:

    • Access rights.

    • Desktop layout.

    • Individual user favorites and history.

    • Use of a private “My Documents” folder.

    There are three levels of user accounts in Windows XP which are administrator, limited and guest. Each account has a different set of account rights. Listed below are the types of accounts and what rights are assigned to each account type.

    Administrative Account Rights:
    Only administrative level users have full system access including access to other user accounts. Windows XP requires at least one administrative account which was created during the Windows XP installation. This account is responsible for maintaining all other user accounts and system resources. Account rights are:

    • Install software and hardware.

    • Create, modify and delete user accounts.

    • Access all files.

    • Create or change passwords for all user accounts.

    • Modify names, pictures and account types.

    Limited User Account Rights:
    A limited user account is an account created for regular users of the computer. It is suggested that the administrator also created a user account and only uses the administrative account for system maintenance. Account rights are:

    • Do not have rights to install software or hardware.

    • Allowed access to already installed software.

    • Can modify own user account with exception of account name or type.

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    blueextc3221 Dec 27, 2008

    Setting Up, Maintaining and Switching Between User Accounts

    Add an Account:

    User accounts are setup, modified and maintained by the administrator. To setup or modify a user account:

    1. Start | Control Panel | User Accounts.

    2. Select Create a New Account.

    3. Type account name.

    4. Select account type.

    5. Click Create Account.
    Modify an Account:
    From within the user account an administrator can add a new user or make changes to an existing user such as resetting password or changing the user name.

    1. Start | Control Panel | User Accounts.

    2. Select Change an Account.

    3. Select Account to modify.

    4. Choose which account attribute to change.

    Switch Accounts:
    To switch between user accounts there are two options:

    • When first logging on select the appropriate user account.

    • If computer is already on then click Start – Logoff then select appropriate user account.

    There are many situations that setting up multiple users can be beneficial. Some examples include:

    • A home computer that several family members use.

    • A work computer that is used by different employees.

    • A work computer that is used by a temporary employee.

  • blueextc3221
    blueextc3221 Dec 28, 2008

    if you were able to change the accounts (deleting them) you are an admin. Open the account you are signing on to and be sure you have admin rights.

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    blueextc3221 Dec 28, 2008

    As Windows XP makes serious inroads into the home and small office/home office (SOHO) market, frustrated power users are asking me a lot of questions. The most common question is "What happened to the Administrator account?"

    Two situations typically give rise to this question. The first is when someone running XP tries to install a legacy Windows 2000 or Windows NT application that will install or run only under the Administrator account. The second situation occurs when someone configures a home computer to allow limited access by children or other family members and wants to maintain full access for only the Administrator account.

    If you're using XP Home Edition and want to maintain an Administrator account, you might have a big problem. In that OS, the Administrator account is available only when the computer runs in Safe Mode; you can't create an Administrator account that's available in any typical mode of system operation. This limited availability hinders the Administrator account's effectiveness in managing the computer.

    If you're running XP Professional Edition, you can easily gain access to the Administrator account if you give up XP's Fast User Switching capability and use the classic Win2K-style logon screen, which isn't available while Fast User Switching is activated. To access the classic logon screen, go to the User Accounts application in the Control Panel. From the "Pick a task" list, click "Change the way users log on or off." Clear the "Use the Welcome screen" check box (this action automatically disables Fast User Switching as well) and click the Apply Options button. Then, log on to the system using the classic logon screen, and you'll be able to enter any account name you want to. When you open the User Accounts applet in the Control Panel, you'll see that the Administrator account is now visible.

    If you've been using XP Pro in a domain, Fast User Switching is probably new to you; when an XP machine joins a domain, it loses the ability to use Fast User Switching because the domain logon requires the classic logon interface.

    In most cases, I don't think you lose much functionality by disabling Fast User Switching. I've yet to hear from anyone who wanted to be able to keep their applications running in the background while someone else used their computer, which is what Fast User Switching lets you do. I'm sure situations exist in which Fast User Switching has value, but I've been using XP daily for almost a year, and I've never felt the need to use Fast User Switching.

  • blueextc3221
    blueextc3221 Dec 28, 2008

    Download the Windows XP powertoys from Microsoft's site. The program contained within, TweakUI, let's you add the administrator to the XP Welcome Screen with the other users' icons.

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    blueextc3221 Dec 28, 2008

    If you really want to login into as administrator, you will have to restart the computer then you must to press F8 during boot (you can just keep pressing it repeatedly) and selecting the SAFE MODE then you press the enter. It is all you have to do!

  • blueextc3221
    blueextc3221 Dec 28, 2008

    To reset the administrator account: Click on "start", click on "run" type "compmgmt.msc" and click "OK". In the "Computer Management" window on the left, click on "Local Users and Groups", then click on "Users". Next, "right-click" on the "Administrator" account and select "Set Password..."

    To disable windows from automatically booting in to an account, do the following: from the start menu, run regedit.exe and go to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\" change the value of "AutoAdminLogon" from "1" (the number one) to "0" (the number zero). You can also temporally bypass the auto logon on startup by holding down the shift key once the GUI starts to load (but before the user is automatically logged on); the startup process will then stop at the "classic logon prompt" and ask you to login. Changing the following registry value: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\DisableCAD" from 1 to 0 will require the user to press "Ctrl+Alt+Del" at the "classic logon prompt" to logon to the system.


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