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Vista won't recognize usb flash drives

I am working on an hp computer with vista installed on it. i have tried 3 different brands of flash drives and it won't recognize any of them. i get the icon in the task bar that i can safely remove hardware but it doesn't show up in my computer. i had read on the internet that i need to delete a file (which i can't find the name of this file right now) so i tried and it wouldn't let me delete it. i went into safe mode to delete it and it tells me i don't have administrator rights even though i am the administrator of the computer. it asks for a password too. if someone has set a password for the admin that is built into the os, can it be removed? is there another way to get around this? i haven't really worked with vista that much...i don't really care to either but would like to help my friend out. is there another solution to getting these flash drives to work? thanks in advance

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  • kwillis Feb 27, 2009

    ok i will try all of them. some have already got files on them so they are formatted. as far as the admin. the one that is built into the os can't be deleted can it? i know all other users can delete passwords but the one that is built in when you install the os i didn't think could be. if a password has been set on this particular admin user, i thought could only be taken off it if you reformatt which i am not going to do just to get a flash drive to work,. you know what i mean

  • kwillis Feb 27, 2009

    ok i have since found out that vista has an admin built in but it is disabled. you have to go into a c prompt to inable the acct. the command is "net user administrator /active:yes" without the "s. once finished to disable the acct again type " net user administrator /active:no" also without "s. thanks for trying though

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Did you format the flash drive?. Try it in another machine and just right click on format. I had a similar problem and that worked for me. If you have an xp machine available, use that one. Also you can create another account and establish the admin rights, then delete the current one if you don't want to have to click on which acct to use on startup, the password should be removable in safe mode, from the conrtol panel, under user accts.

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    George Bill Feb 27, 2009

    You should be able to delete the user account, as long as you create a new one first, that's what is probablly stoping you from doing it. Go into user acct oin the control panel, and just click on create user account. You should be able to enable all privaleges to the new account, At that point you should be able to delete the other one in safe mode if you forgot the password, good luck

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