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Anonymous
January 9, 2005 1:57:01 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

Equipment description:

Dell Dimension 8200
Windows XP Home Edition SP2
Non-Networked just connected to DSL Internet connection.

My sister-in -law's husband just recently passed away, he was the one who
looked after all the settings and installs on their computer. My
brother-in-law must have changed the name of the administrator account
because we can't log on as it and administrator does not show up in the
documents and settings folder. She tried to change the name of the user
account from his to hers by using the "change user name" feature. This
worked in so much as it changed the name on the log on screen but nothing
else, when you look for it in users in control panel only his name, another
user(which I assume is the administrator), and guest appear. It did however
create another folder in her Documents and settings folder with the new name,
the original user name's folder remained. There is another folder there
which I assume to be the administrator account, but when I click on it I get
an error message stating that access is denied. The problem is that when she
utilizes certain applications(MS Outlook, Word etc) it automatically places
the original user name into things which frustrates her to no end. Also,
other applications give her error messages stating that they can't find the
proper folder to store stuff in (My Docs). Basically I want to start fresh
with regards to the user accounts but not have to wipe out her hard drive and
reload everything! Is there a simple way of doing this? I realize that
there are SID's invloved but there must be a way!!! I have tried a few
things I know how to do with XP Pro, but alas the two versions are just not
the same in this respect! How do I reset the main admin account? I even
tried setting up a new user with admin privileges but I still can't access
the two folders in documents and settings that have admin rights with out
getting the access denied error. Looking at some of the help questions on
microsoft's website I was led to believe that I could rename these folders
in this manner or delete them.

Help!!!!!

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Anonymous
January 9, 2005 4:20:54 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

This article describes how to take ownership of a file or folder
to which you have been denied access:

How to Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308421&Product=winxp

How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;811151&Product=winxp

--
Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

Be Smart! Protect Your PC!
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/defaul...

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"Atisavn" wrote:

| Equipment description:
|
| Dell Dimension 8200
| Windows XP Home Edition SP2
| Non-Networked just connected to DSL Internet connection.
|
| My sister-in -law's husband just recently passed away, he was the one who
| looked after all the settings and installs on their computer. My
| brother-in-law must have changed the name of the administrator account
| because we can't log on as it and administrator does not show up in the
| documents and settings folder. She tried to change the name of the user
| account from his to hers by using the "change user name" feature. This
| worked in so much as it changed the name on the log on screen but nothing
| else, when you look for it in users in control panel only his name, another
| user(which I assume is the administrator), and guest appear. It did however
| create another folder in her Documents and settings folder with the new name,
| the original user name's folder remained. There is another folder there
| which I assume to be the administrator account, but when I click on it I get
| an error message stating that access is denied. The problem is that when she
| utilizes certain applications(MS Outlook, Word etc) it automatically places
| the original user name into things which frustrates her to no end. Also,
| other applications give her error messages stating that they can't find the
| proper folder to store stuff in (My Docs). Basically I want to start fresh
| with regards to the user accounts but not have to wipe out her hard drive and
| reload everything! Is there a simple way of doing this? I realize that
| there are SID's invloved but there must be a way!!! I have tried a few
| things I know how to do with XP Pro, but alas the two versions are just not
| the same in this respect! How do I reset the main admin account? I even
| tried setting up a new user with admin privileges but I still can't access
| the two folders in documents and settings that have admin rights with out
| getting the access denied error. Looking at some of the help questions on
| microsoft's website I was led to believe that I could rename these folders
| in this manner or delete them.
|
| Help!!!!!
Anonymous
January 9, 2005 4:20:55 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin (More info?)

"Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:

> This article describes how to take ownership of a file or folder
> to which you have been denied access:
>
> How to Take Ownership of a File or Folder in Windows XP
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308421&Product=winxp
>
> How to copy data from a corrupted user profile to a new profile
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;811151&Product=winxp
>
> --
> Carey Frisch
> Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP - Shell/User
>
> Be Smart! Protect Your PC!
> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/defaul...
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> "Atisavn" wrote:
>
> | Equipment description:
> |
> | Dell Dimension 8200
> | Windows XP Home Edition SP2
> | Non-Networked just connected to DSL Internet connection.
> |
> | My sister-in -law's husband just recently passed away, he was the one who
> | looked after all the settings and installs on their computer. My
> | brother-in-law must have changed the name of the administrator account
> | because we can't log on as it and administrator does not show up in the
> | documents and settings folder. She tried to change the name of the user
> | account from his to hers by using the "change user name" feature. This
> | worked in so much as it changed the name on the log on screen but nothing
> | else, when you look for it in users in control panel only his name, another
> | user(which I assume is the administrator), and guest appear. It did however
> | create another folder in her Documents and settings folder with the new name,
> | the original user name's folder remained. There is another folder there
> | which I assume to be the administrator account, but when I click on it I get
> | an error message stating that access is denied. The problem is that when she
> | utilizes certain applications(MS Outlook, Word etc) it automatically places
> | the original user name into things which frustrates her to no end. Also,
> | other applications give her error messages stating that they can't find the
> | proper folder to store stuff in (My Docs). Basically I want to start fresh
> | with regards to the user accounts but not have to wipe out her hard drive and
> | reload everything! Is there a simple way of doing this? I realize that
> | there are SID's invloved but there must be a way!!! I have tried a few
> | things I know how to do with XP Pro, but alas the two versions are just not
> | the same in this respect! How do I reset the main admin account? I even
> | tried setting up a new user with admin privileges but I still can't access
> | the two folders in documents and settings that have admin rights with out
> | getting the access denied error. Looking at some of the help questions on
> | microsoft's website I was led to believe that I could rename these folders
> | in this manner or delete them.
> |
> | Help!!!!!
>
>

Thanks,
I will try that the next time I am able to get access to her machine. I was
trying to do this remotely, but it looks like I will have to go on locally to
do this.
!