Re: Administrator already exists



Mats
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
I have XP Pro with similar Question, but I can't use your answer...

I want to have three accounts:
2 "normal" users for everyday login
1 administrator account for installs and so on

It seems that I'm forced to have a fourth account, yet another administrator
account (currently named "admin"). Every attempt to delete or downgrade this
"admin" account, so that I will have only one (1) administrator account are
stopped!

Can I get around this nasty behavour from XP?

--
/Mats


"Kent W. England [MVP]" wrote:

> Swatara wrote on 12-Sep-2004 6:47 AM:
>
> > I didn't set up my User Accounts properly. Now, when I try to correct that,
> > I can't add "Administrator" under Start-Control Panel-User Accounts because
> > it says "An account named 'Administrator' already exists." That's true,
> > there is an Administrator sub-directory under "Documents and Settings". But
> > I can't link that account to Start-Control Panel-User Accounts. How do I
> > correct things so that I have a bona-fide "Administrator" account under
> > Start-Control Panel-User Accounts that is correctly linked to the
> > Administrator sub-directory under "Documents and Settings"? Thanks!
>
> The Administrator account is normally hidden from the welcome screen.
> You can press Ctl-Alt-Del and then enter "Administrator" and the
> password you set when you installed XP or you can do an F8 safe mode
> boot to use the Administrator account.
>
> Create a new account of whatever name you wish and make it a "computer
> administrator" account. Use that account and save the Administrator
> account as an emergency account to fix things when you can't access your
> regular admin account. Do not try to link the Documents and Settings
> Administrator folder to some other account.
>
> --
> Kent W. England, Microsoft MVP for Windows Security
>

WM
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
The account "Administrator" can be renamed or disabled, but cannot be
deleted. I'm assuming that is the fourth account you are referring to? What
is the administrator account you have that you use named?

"Mats" <Mats@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:F5DDCBD4-B72A-4C1F-BF65-020F4B8E43B2@microsoft.com...
>I have XP Pro with similar Question, but I can't use your answer...
>
> I want to have three accounts:
> 2 "normal" users for everyday login
> 1 administrator account for installs and so on
>
> It seems that I'm forced to have a fourth account, yet another
> administrator
> account (currently named "admin"). Every attempt to delete or downgrade
> this
> "admin" account, so that I will have only one (1) administrator account
> are
> stopped!
>
> Can I get around this nasty behavour from XP?
>
> --
> /Mats
>
>
> "Kent W. England [MVP]" wrote:
>
>> Swatara wrote on 12-Sep-2004 6:47 AM:
>>
>> > I didn't set up my User Accounts properly. Now, when I try to correct
>> > that,
>> > I can't add "Administrator" under Start-Control Panel-User Accounts
>> > because
>> > it says "An account named 'Administrator' already exists." That's
>> > true,
>> > there is an Administrator sub-directory under "Documents and Settings".
>> > But
>> > I can't link that account to Start-Control Panel-User Accounts. How do
>> > I
>> > correct things so that I have a bona-fide "Administrator" account under
>> > Start-Control Panel-User Accounts that is correctly linked to the
>> > Administrator sub-directory under "Documents and Settings"? Thanks!
>>
>> The Administrator account is normally hidden from the welcome screen.
>> You can press Ctl-Alt-Del and then enter "Administrator" and the
>> password you set when you installed XP or you can do an F8 safe mode
>> boot to use the Administrator account.
>>
>> Create a new account of whatever name you wish and make it a "computer
>> administrator" account. Use that account and save the Administrator
>> account as an emergency account to fix things when you can't access your
>> regular admin account. Do not try to link the Documents and Settings
>> Administrator folder to some other account.
>>
>> --
>> Kent W. England, Microsoft MVP for Windows Security
>>

Mats
07-10-2005, 02:16 AM
My fourth account is named "admin" and is created by me. I want to delete
this account and only use the account named "asministrator" created during
install for program install and other administrative tasks. But XP forces me
to have at least one manually created account as "computer administrator".

Is there a way around this enforcement, so that I don't need to have any of
my manually created accounts as a "computer administrator"?

--
/Mats


"WM" wrote:

> The account "Administrator" can be renamed or disabled, but cannot be
> deleted. I'm assuming that is the fourth account you are referring to? What
> is the administrator account you have that you use named?
>
> "Mats" <Mats@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:F5DDCBD4-B72A-4C1F-BF65-020F4B8E43B2@microsoft.com...
> >I have XP Pro with similar Question, but I can't use your answer...
> >
> > I want to have three accounts:
> > 2 "normal" users for everyday login
> > 1 administrator account for installs and so on
> >
> > It seems that I'm forced to have a fourth account, yet another
> > administrator
> > account (currently named "admin"). Every attempt to delete or downgrade
> > this
> > "admin" account, so that I will have only one (1) administrator account
> > are
> > stopped!
> >
> > Can I get around this nasty behavour from XP?
> >
> > --
> > /Mats
> >
> >
> > "Kent W. England [MVP]" wrote:
> >
> >> Create a new account of whatever name you wish and make it a "computer
> >> administrator" account. Use that account and save the Administrator
> >> account as an emergency account to fix things when you can't access your
> >> regular admin account. Do not try to link the Documents and Settings
> >> Administrator folder to some other account.
> >>
> >> --
> >> Kent W. England, Microsoft MVP for Windows Security
> >>


Re: Administrator already exists