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Old 06-27-07, 07:06 PM   #1
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How do I get into my administrator account?>

So I just replaced my motherboard and XP loads. The thing is, since it's been a month since I've used my comp, I've forgotten my password! Using a little utility I have, it appears that my administrator account has not got a password. It's only my own that does. But on the main welcome screen, only the option to login as myself exists. How do I get into administrator?
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Old 06-27-07, 07:23 PM   #2
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First, do you mean bootup admin (for BIOS) or main computer admin account? If you mean main computer admin account, I would hope your only account would be an admin already.

If not, go into control panel -> user accounts. If an administrator account exists, it should be in there. Of course to modify anything, you probably have to be an administrator (but I'm guessing you already are and don't realize it).
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Old 06-27-07, 07:27 PM   #3
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You need to boot Windows into safe mode. During the boot cycle which is before Windows starts loading press the F8 several times. You want to do this as the bios is booting up and before the XP logo comes up. Choose the safe mode option. Once safe mode boots up you'll see both your XP account and an Admin accout.
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Old 06-28-07, 09:49 AM   #4
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I thought he meant for BF.
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So I just replaced my motherboard and XP loads. The thing is, since it's been a month since I've used my comp, I've forgotten my password! Using a little utility I have, it appears that my administrator account has not got a password. It's only my own that does. But on the main welcome screen, only the option to login as myself exists. How do I get into administrator?
http://www.pchell.com/support/welcomescreen.shtml

Once you have changed your password perform this task and get rid of the ghey winxp login. That way you control which usernames you want without any being hidden for the sake of security haah
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Hold down F8 when you fire up the computer.
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Old 06-28-07, 01:14 PM   #7
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It's even worse on a mac, at least I haven't seen any crack CDs for OSX when one of the macs at work had a lost administrator account. I usually keep my Windows ******* CD somewhat handy. The general computer rule is once physical security is broken, nothing is gaurenteed, regardless of the OS.

Time to bust out the OSX CD. D:


Mac is okay, I perfer to go free Linux if I wanted Unix (and well, Apple seems to hide most of the ability to get to the Unix underlying core), and frankly their "get a Mac" attitude is annoying and elitist.

Some Linux users were doing that recently, it disgusted me.
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Mac is okay, I perfer to go free Linux if I wanted Unix (and well, Apple seems to hide most of the ability to get to the Unix underlying core), and frankly their "get a Mac" attitude is annoying and elitist.
Hmm, you can open up the Terminal shell and have every single UNIX command available in the BSD guts of OSX. You can also boot-up in single-user mode, but will still need the superuser password to monkey around with the system. Remember that LINUX is not UNIX. Personally I'd go with FreeBSD or Solaris.


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So I just replaced my motherboard and XP loads. The thing is, since it's been a month since I've used my comp, I've forgotten my password! Using a little utility I have, it appears that my administrator account has not got a password. It's only my own that does. But on the main welcome screen, only the option to login as myself exists. How do I get into administrator?
At the WelcomeScreen:

1. hit CTRL-ALT-DEL twice, this brings up the traditional log-on screen
2. user: ADMINISTRATOR password: <blank>
3. go to ControlPanels->Users and change the password to your account

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Hmm, you can open up the Terminal shell and have every single UNIX command available in the BSD guts of OSX. You can also boot-up in single-user mode, but will still need the superuser password to monkey around with the system. Remember that LINUX is not UNIX. Personally I'd go with FreeBSD or Solaris.
I forget which commands, but there were a handful of Unix commands we went over in our computer science class a couple years ago that for some reason I couldn't get OSX to do in the terminal. After talking to a lot of Apple owners apparently some commands were remapped for some reason. *shrugs*

Linux follows Unix commands and some DOS commands, which is kind of awkward because you get use to using non-Unix commands mixed with true unix commands, and forget about using ls and such when you're use to using dir.
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