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No administrator account - can't add or change accounts

I mistakenly added this as a the same as another but it is different because I cannot change user accounts therefore cannot utilize Users from the control panel.

Windows XP Pro SP3
It appears that the Administrator account had been removed then the user, who was an administrator, changed their account to a limited account. Now there is no account with administrator priviledges.

Can anyone help me to get administrator rights back for the one lone account on the system. Or add an administrator account.

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  • TimDes Feb 06, 2009

    Thank you, I tried that.

    When I start in safe mode there is only one account, the limited user account.

  • TimDes Feb 06, 2009

    the link

    http://www.techspot.com/vb/all/windows/t...



    did the trick.



    Alt+Ctrl+Del 2 times and the window pop up,The name "Administrator ... Created an administrator account.



    Thank you very much to all who responded. It helps to know you are not alone when trying to work through problems...





  • TimDes Feb 06, 2009

    Yes it is!



    Looking through the solutions, realize it was just one resonder,



    Thanks again, mumma_1.

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The admin account created originally when xp was loaded should still be there somewhere (hidden), try starting in safe mode to see if the admin account displays then create a new admin account for your use, restart then the new account you created should be displayed.

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    Debs Feb 06, 2009

    http://www.techspot.com/vb/all/windows/t...



    try looking around this forum for some ideas to try

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    Debs Feb 06, 2009

    xp should not allow the admin account to be removed as one is always needed. Try doing a system restore to see if that helps, back to a time when you know it was working correctly. You may be able to run this in safe mode where you should have more privilages. Try running in safe mode, go to start>all programs>acessories>system tools>system restore

    and choose a date and time when you know there was no problems

  • Debs
    Debs Feb 06, 2009

    you are very welcome, I bet that is a big relief.

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