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March 16, 2005 5:07:01 PM

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I somehow changed my user capability and lost administrator capability. How
do I reinstate this? I have read other inputs and have not found a method
that seems to work. Thanks in advance.
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Bill
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March 16, 2005 7:15:58 PM

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

Bill wrote:
> I somehow changed my user capability and lost administrator
> capability. How do I reinstate this? I have read other inputs and
> have not found a method that seems to work. Thanks in advance.

You would need to give much more information.

What do you mean by your statement, "I somehow changed my user capability
..."?
XP Home or XP Pro?
Classic logon or Welcome screen logon?

If XP Home, have you tried Safe Mode boot and logging in as "administrator"
with no password?
If XP Professional and Welcome Screen logon, have you tried CTRL+ALT+DEL
twice and logging in as "administrator" with no password?

Don't know the "administrator" user's password?

How to Log On to Windows XP If You Forget Your Password
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/321305

Log in using safe mode..
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315222

Hack your password:
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/bootdisk.html

Another Password Hack:
http://www.thomasmathiesen.com/itak/html/software.html


If you somehow CAN logon as an administrative user (if Home, the
administrator user in safe mode is your best bet) - then look here:

Start -> Run
gpedit.msc

Computer Configuration
Windows Settings
Security Settings
Local Policies
User Rights Assignment

Look at the :
- Deny Log on Locally (Make sure your user and/or group(s) your user is in
is not listed here.)
- Log on locally (Make sure your user and/or group(s) your user is in is
listed here.)


<- Shenan ->
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yourself before you take any advice - you are the one ultimately
responsible for your actions/problems/solutions. Know what you are
getting into before you jump in with both feet.
Anonymous
a b 8 Security
March 16, 2005 10:09:26 PM

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

Bill wrote:
> I somehow changed my user capability and lost administrator capability. How
> do I reinstate this? I have read other inputs and have not found a method
> that seems to work. Thanks in advance.


Simply log in using the built-in Administrator account (which
cannot be deleted) and 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.

HOW TO Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;279783

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March 17, 2005 9:45:02 AM

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

To Bruce and Shenan - thanks for responding. Through your info., I learned
how to log on in safe mode and discovered how to reactivate the administrator
function. Once in safe mode, go to conrol panel and select Users. Voila! -
an admin appears, and thus provides capability of enabling new users and
changing status on existing users. I was able to convert my user back to
administrator. Problem solved! Thanks again.

"Bruce Chambers" wrote:

> Bill wrote:
> > I somehow changed my user capability and lost administrator capability. How
> > do I reinstate this? I have read other inputs and have not found a method
> > that seems to work. Thanks in advance.
>
>
> Simply log in using the built-in Administrator account (which
> cannot be deleted) and 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.
>
> HOW TO Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows XP
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;279783
>
> --
>
> Bruce Chambers
>
> Help us help you:
> http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
> http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
>
> You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having
> both at once. - RAH
>
!