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Anonymous
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March 6, 2005 12:50:43 PM

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

When I built a new machine recently I installed Windows XP on it and
skipped the setup step of making an Admin account to use in emergencies. I
have only one user account which has admin authority. I then went back in
to create another user account with admin authority.

What I really want/need to do is have an account (hidden or not, doesn't
matter) that has super-admin authority such that I could 'see' the
files/folders of any user account on the machine.

Can I do this and how?

Thanks!
Walter
Anonymous
a b 8 Security
March 6, 2005 1:15:51 PM

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

Walter Cohen wrote:
> When I built a new machine recently I installed Windows XP on it and
> skipped the setup step of making an Admin account to use in
> emergencies. I have only one user account which has admin authority.
> I then went back in to create another user account with admin
> authority.
>
> What I really want/need to do is have an account (hidden or not,
> doesn't matter) that has super-admin authority such that I could
> 'see' the files/folders of any user account on the machine.
>
> Can I do this and how?

XP Home or Pro?
Are you logging in with "Administrator"? (As in that is ACTUALLY the
username you use?)

First - try this:
- Start --> Run
- Type in:
control userpasswords2
- Click OK
- Look at the list of users you really have.

Home - you can only use the actual administrator account in Safe Mode Boot
to safe mode and do so - likely the password is blank.
Professional - Press CTRL+ALT+DEL twice at the "Welcome" screen and type in
the username "Administrator" and as you state you did not set it up - the
password is likely blank.

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