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Back door to Admin Acct?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Don Phillipson, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. Don Phillipson

    Don Phillipson Flightless Bird

    It is two years since I looked at the old lady's PC,
    (Dell Dimension DIM 2400) used for email and family
    snaps and not much else -- but could not instal this
    year's income tax software because it has only
    one user account, Owner (limited) and installation
    of course requires an administrator account. In
    /Control Panel / Users I see only this limited acct
    (and options are thus similarly limited.)

    I half remember hearing about a back door into
    the Backup Admin account (F12 during boot?)
    but had no time for trial and error on her dollar.
    (I had an Admin acct on this PC in year 2008
    apparently since deleted, but did not then search
    /Recycled in case I could restore it.)

    What is the simplest course of action? We
    have instal CDs and could simply reinstal the OS
    (data saved first to an external drive) but it took
    a long time to instal SP2 in 2008 and I'd bet there
    is a quicker way to create/locate an Admin. acct.

    --
    Don Phillipson
    Carlsbad Springs
    (Ottawa, Canada)
     
  2. Alias

    Alias Flightless Bird

    Don Phillipson wrote:
    > It is two years since I looked at the old lady's PC,
    > (Dell Dimension DIM 2400) used for email and family
    > snaps and not much else -- but could not instal this
    > year's income tax software because it has only
    > one user account, Owner (limited) and installation
    > of course requires an administrator account. In
    > /Control Panel / Users I see only this limited acct
    > (and options are thus similarly limited.)
    >
    > I half remember hearing about a back door into
    > the Backup Admin account (F12 during boot?)
    > but had no time for trial and error on her dollar.
    > (I had an Admin acct on this PC in year 2008
    > apparently since deleted, but did not then search
    > /Recycled in case I could restore it.)
    >
    > What is the simplest course of action? We
    > have instal CDs and could simply reinstal the OS
    > (data saved first to an external drive) but it took
    > a long time to instal SP2 in 2008 and I'd bet there
    > is a quicker way to create/locate an Admin. acct.
    >


    Go into Safe Mode. Usually F8 will take you there so you can log on to
    The Administrator account. I am assuming you mean XP Home, not pro. If
    pro, there is an easier way to do it.

    --
    Alias
     
  3. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Don Phillipson" <e925@SPAMBLOCK.ncf.ca> wrote in message
    news:uFXm2HN3KHA.3580@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > It is two years since I looked at the old lady's PC,
    > (Dell Dimension DIM 2400) used for email and family
    > snaps and not much else -- but could not instal this
    > year's income tax software because it has only
    > one user account, Owner (limited) and installation
    > of course requires an administrator account. In
    > /Control Panel / Users I see only this limited acct
    > (and options are thus similarly limited.)
    >
    > I half remember hearing about a back door into
    > the Backup Admin account (F12 during boot?)
    > but had no time for trial and error on her dollar.
    > (I had an Admin acct on this PC in year 2008
    > apparently since deleted, but did not then search
    > /Recycled in case I could restore it.)
    >
    > What is the simplest course of action? We
    > have instal CDs and could simply reinstal the OS
    > (data saved first to an external drive) but it took
    > a long time to instal SP2 in 2008 and I'd bet there
    > is a quicker way to create/locate an Admin. acct.
    >
    > --
    > Don Phillipson
    > Carlsbad Springs
    > (Ottawa, Canada)


    Type the words

    forgot windows password

    into a Google search box and take your pick.
     
  4. Jim

    Jim Flightless Bird

    CTRL-ALT-DEL in the login window opens a box which allows you to enter any
    account name. Note that the built in Administrator account cannot be
    deleted although you can rename it. The fact that you cannot see the admin
    account in the control panel is a design decision by MS.
    Jim
    "Don Phillipson" <e925@SPAMBLOCK.ncf.ca> wrote in message
    news:uFXm2HN3KHA.3580@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > It is two years since I looked at the old lady's PC,
    > (Dell Dimension DIM 2400) used for email and family
    > snaps and not much else -- but could not instal this
    > year's income tax software because it has only
    > one user account, Owner (limited) and installation
    > of course requires an administrator account. In
    > /Control Panel / Users I see only this limited acct
    > (and options are thus similarly limited.)
    >
    > I half remember hearing about a back door into
    > the Backup Admin account (F12 during boot?)
    > but had no time for trial and error on her dollar.
    > (I had an Admin acct on this PC in year 2008
    > apparently since deleted, but did not then search
    > /Recycled in case I could restore it.)
    >
    > What is the simplest course of action? We
    > have instal CDs and could simply reinstal the OS
    > (data saved first to an external drive) but it took
    > a long time to instal SP2 in 2008 and I'd bet there
    > is a quicker way to create/locate an Admin. acct.
    >
    > --
    > Don Phillipson
    > Carlsbad Springs
    > (Ottawa, Canada)
    >
    >
     
  5. Bruce Chambers

    Bruce Chambers Flightless Bird

    Don Phillipson wrote:
    > It is two years since I looked at the old lady's PC,
    > (Dell Dimension DIM 2400) used for email and family
    > snaps and not much else -- but could not instal this
    > year's income tax software because it has only
    > one user account, Owner (limited) and installation
    > of course requires an administrator account. In
    > /Control Panel / Users I see only this limited acct
    > (and options are thus similarly limited.)
    >
    > I half remember hearing about a back door into
    > the Backup Admin account (F12 during boot?)
    > but had no time for trial and error on her dollar.
    > (I had an Admin acct on this PC in year 2008
    > apparently since deleted, but did not then search
    > /Recycled in case I could restore it.)
    >
    > What is the simplest course of action? We
    > have instal CDs and could simply reinstal the OS
    > (data saved first to an external drive) but it took
    > a long time to instal SP2 in 2008 and I'd bet there
    > is a quicker way to create/locate an Admin. acct.
    >



    Simply log in using the built-in Administrator account (which
    cannot be deleted) and use Start > Run > "control userpasswords2" to
    modify the desired account(s).

    By design, the only way to log into the Administrator account of
    WinXP Home is to reboot into Safe Mode. For WinXP Pro, pressing
    CTRL+ALT+DEL twice at the Welcome Screen will produce the standard login
    dialog box. Unless the owner deliberately set the Administrator's
    password via the Management Console (_not_ the Control Panel), it's
    probably still blank. WinXP Pro asks the installer to set the
    Administrator's password during installation, but WinXP Home doesn't.

    Failing that, Linux-based password cracking utilities abound on
    the Internet, freely available to anyone who can use Google.


    --

    Bruce Chambers

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