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Computer newbies forum: Can't log in as administrator -can only access guest account

by: jimjim23 October 10, 2006 5:23 AM PDT

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Can't log in as administrator -can only access guest account

by jimjim23 - 10/10/06 5:23 AM

windows xp home edition service pack2.

Here is my problem....

i am now logged in as guest only and it logs in automatically with no welcome screen and i cant get out of it into admin mode HELP!

a couple of changes occurred on my computer ie sql debugger and appeared as users on my computer which was causing the welcome screen to appear every time i logged in to windows where i just wanted my administrator account to log straight in.

to avoid displaying the welcome screen i went to run and typed CONTROL USERPASSWORDS2 and a menu appeared with a list of users (i'm saying this from my memory because i no longer have the priveliges to check exactly what i did)

the users list being something like....

administrator - admin
guest - disabled

so i highlighted dennis (which has always been the name i have logged in using from the welcome screen to log in as administrator, i have never set a password because we all just use one account to avoid any problems like this, we never needed a password)

i highlighted dennis and unchecked the relevant box to do with displaying the welcome screen and applied the settings to log straight into dennis without displaying the welcome screen.

it worked fine. but i started to discover problems wen i tried to run anti spyware and when i tried to check the time and date, it said i needed to log in as administrator, i tried to go onto user accounts etc but as a guest im limited to what i can do how can i get the pc to boot straight into admin mode - i cant use system restore or anything. when i go to run and type
CONTROL USERPASSWORDS2 again it says to use the feature i need to be admin and asks for admin details to be entered, i have tried USERNAME administrator with no password, with admin etc as password and tried dennis as user name but it wont let me in.....

can anyone help

i tried system restore, it wont let e because of limited rights, i cannot get it to display the welcome screen when i boot up because it is set to auto log in to dennis and from in dennis it wont let me alter the settings.
i booted into safe mode and tried to access the user accounts but still have the same limitations and i cannot reg edit or anything...

am i locked out for good??

i have also clicked log off and gone back to a screen where it asks for username and password but it will only accept dennis and logs me back in as a guest. also i have booted into safe mode which also logs straight into the same guest account and i cannot get out of it..

by default i think my admin account is called 'administrator' with no password and i have tried several variations but i still cannot get on.

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