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Anonymous
February 5, 2005 12:52:01 PM

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Hello:
Have a requirement to require passwords for Windows boot
and screensaver PW. Configuration is a small doctors office
with Doc having one PC and Secy the other. Both PC's are
running Windows 2000 professional. A printer is attached to
Secy PC. I set up a new user account for secy PC and turned
on PW for boot and screensaver. The old config did not
require any PW's at all. Now when I boot, new account works
fine but all previous settings are reset(desktop,
shortcuts, etc.) It accomplished what I tried to do!!!
However, I've lost file permissions to apps that were
running there. I can't go back to old way as there was no
PW requirement for Administrator ID so no password was ever
set. Also, Doc PC is unable to print via Secy PC. I would
appreciate some advice on recovery, short of rebuild.
Thanks for any help.
Michael
February 5, 2005 10:38:26 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.security (More info?)

i am guessing that you used to be running without logging in at all, which
was probably running under an account that had administrator privileges.
now you have created new accounts on both machines and required them to
login, but you most likely made them as normal user accounts. you likely
have several problems.

1. you don't have the desktop settings because now you have a different user
name, each user has their own desktop so any setup you had on the old
account are not available to the new user. to fix this you might want to
copy the settings from the old account profile over to the new one, or just
reconfigure the desktop of the new account with what is really needed.
2. you can't run apps that were installed under the old account. there are
a couple reasons for this, most likely the old apps require higher
privileges than a plain user has, try making the new accounts 'power users'
and see if that lets you run the old apps. it may also be that the data for
the old apps is in folders that are owned by the old account and you don't
have access to it at all, you would have to either take ownership of it or
give the new account administrator priviledge to go get it.
3. printing doesn't work. now that you are requiring login to the machine
you will have to bypass that for the printer share to work. you should be
able to do this by adding the doc's account to the secy's printer share and
giving it permission to print. since you don't have a domain you will have
to enter the doc's use name like machinename/username.

oh, and all of this of course will require that you know the password of the
administrator account on both machines.... if you don't have that then you
have even bigger problems.

"Michael K." <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:0bb001c50bab$64f86240$a501280a@phx.gbl...
> Hello:
> Have a requirement to require passwords for Windows boot
> and screensaver PW. Configuration is a small doctors office
> with Doc having one PC and Secy the other. Both PC's are
> running Windows 2000 professional. A printer is attached to
> Secy PC. I set up a new user account for secy PC and turned
> on PW for boot and screensaver. The old config did not
> require any PW's at all. Now when I boot, new account works
> fine but all previous settings are reset(desktop,
> shortcuts, etc.) It accomplished what I tried to do!!!
> However, I've lost file permissions to apps that were
> running there. I can't go back to old way as there was no
> PW requirement for Administrator ID so no password was ever
> set. Also, Doc PC is unable to print via Secy PC. I would
> appreciate some advice on recovery, short of rebuild.
> Thanks for any help.
> Michael
Anonymous
February 5, 2005 10:38:27 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.security (More info?)

Dave:

Thanks for the reply.

You are correct on most things.
I only added the account on the secy PC. I did not touch
the Doc PC. The new account on the Secy PC only has default
user privileges. Any of the files and apps created on the
Secy PC were created under a default Administrator user
with all its privs.
I don't have the password for any of those power users. I
would be surprised if I were able to copy the original
desktop setting to the new user without being able to log
on as Admin or some other ID with privs.
Like you say, I have bigger problems. All the settings,
including desktop, apps, databases, printers were created
with the old userID and its privs. When I try to
look/change printer settings, they are not changeable from
that account.

Michael K.

>-----Original Message-----
>i am guessing that you used to be running without logging
in at all, which
>was probably running under an account that had
administrator privileges.
>now you have created new accounts on both machines and
required them to
>login, but you most likely made them as normal user
accounts. you likely
>have several problems.
>
>1. you don't have the desktop settings because now you
have a different user
>name, each user has their own desktop so any setup you had
on the old
>account are not available to the new user. to fix this
you might want to
>copy the settings from the old account profile over to the
new one, or just
>reconfigure the desktop of the new account with what is
really needed.
>2. you can't run apps that were installed under the old
account. there are
>a couple reasons for this, most likely the old apps
require higher
>privileges than a plain user has, try making the new
accounts 'power users'
>and see if that lets you run the old apps. it may also be
that the data for
>the old apps is in folders that are owned by the old
account and you don't
>have access to it at all, you would have to either take
ownership of it or
>give the new account administrator priviledge to go get it.
>3. printing doesn't work. now that you are requiring
login to the machine
>you will have to bypass that for the printer share to
work. you should be
>able to do this by adding the doc's account to the secy's
printer share and
>giving it permission to print. since you don't have a
domain you will have
>to enter the doc's use name like machinename/username.
>
>oh, and all of this of course will require that you know
the password of the
>administrator account on both machines.... if you don't
have that then you
>have even bigger problems.
>
>"Michael K." <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
in message
>news:0bb001c50bab$64f86240$a501280a@phx.gbl...
>> Hello:
>> Have a requirement to require passwords for Windows boot
>> and screensaver PW. Configuration is a small doctors office
>> with Doc having one PC and Secy the other. Both PC's are
>> running Windows 2000 professional. A printer is attached to
>> Secy PC. I set up a new user account for secy PC and turned
>> on PW for boot and screensaver. The old config did not
>> require any PW's at all. Now when I boot, new account works
>> fine but all previous settings are reset(desktop,
>> shortcuts, etc.) It accomplished what I tried to do!!!
>> However, I've lost file permissions to apps that were
>> running there. I can't go back to old way as there was no
>> PW requirement for Administrator ID so no password was ever
>> set. Also, Doc PC is unable to print via Secy PC. I would
>> appreciate some advice on recovery, short of rebuild.
>> Thanks for any help.
>> Michael
>
>
>.
>
Related resources
February 6, 2005 1:48:53 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.security (More info?)

did you delete the old account? and do you not know the built in
administrator account password?? have you tried the administrator account
with a blank password? there are tools out there that can go in and reset
the administrator password, they take a little bit of knowledge but if you
are down to reinstalling they are probably worth a try.

"Michael K." <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:1cc301c50bc1$705b1c20$a401280a@phx.gbl...
> Dave:
>
> Thanks for the reply.
>
> You are correct on most things.
> I only added the account on the secy PC. I did not touch
> the Doc PC. The new account on the Secy PC only has default
> user privileges. Any of the files and apps created on the
> Secy PC were created under a default Administrator user
> with all its privs.
> I don't have the password for any of those power users. I
> would be surprised if I were able to copy the original
> desktop setting to the new user without being able to log
> on as Admin or some other ID with privs.
> Like you say, I have bigger problems. All the settings,
> including desktop, apps, databases, printers were created
> with the old userID and its privs. When I try to
> look/change printer settings, they are not changeable from
> that account.
>
> Michael K.
>
> >-----Original Message-----
> >i am guessing that you used to be running without logging
> in at all, which
> >was probably running under an account that had
> administrator privileges.
> >now you have created new accounts on both machines and
> required them to
> >login, but you most likely made them as normal user
> accounts. you likely
> >have several problems.
> >
> >1. you don't have the desktop settings because now you
> have a different user
> >name, each user has their own desktop so any setup you had
> on the old
> >account are not available to the new user. to fix this
> you might want to
> >copy the settings from the old account profile over to the
> new one, or just
> >reconfigure the desktop of the new account with what is
> really needed.
> >2. you can't run apps that were installed under the old
> account. there are
> >a couple reasons for this, most likely the old apps
> require higher
> >privileges than a plain user has, try making the new
> accounts 'power users'
> >and see if that lets you run the old apps. it may also be
> that the data for
> >the old apps is in folders that are owned by the old
> account and you don't
> >have access to it at all, you would have to either take
> ownership of it or
> >give the new account administrator priviledge to go get it.
> >3. printing doesn't work. now that you are requiring
> login to the machine
> >you will have to bypass that for the printer share to
> work. you should be
> >able to do this by adding the doc's account to the secy's
> printer share and
> >giving it permission to print. since you don't have a
> domain you will have
> >to enter the doc's use name like machinename/username.
> >
> >oh, and all of this of course will require that you know
> the password of the
> >administrator account on both machines.... if you don't
> have that then you
> >have even bigger problems.
> >
> >"Michael K." <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
> in message
> >news:0bb001c50bab$64f86240$a501280a@phx.gbl...
> >> Hello:
> >> Have a requirement to require passwords for Windows boot
> >> and screensaver PW. Configuration is a small doctors office
> >> with Doc having one PC and Secy the other. Both PC's are
> >> running Windows 2000 professional. A printer is attached to
> >> Secy PC. I set up a new user account for secy PC and turned
> >> on PW for boot and screensaver. The old config did not
> >> require any PW's at all. Now when I boot, new account works
> >> fine but all previous settings are reset(desktop,
> >> shortcuts, etc.) It accomplished what I tried to do!!!
> >> However, I've lost file permissions to apps that were
> >> running there. I can't go back to old way as there was no
> >> PW requirement for Administrator ID so no password was ever
> >> set. Also, Doc PC is unable to print via Secy PC. I would
> >> appreciate some advice on recovery, short of rebuild.
> >> Thanks for any help.
> >> Michael
> >
> >
> >.
> >
Anonymous
February 6, 2005 10:02:59 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.security (More info?)

I did not delete any accounts. I added one account that had
no privs. I tried blank PW null, PW, anything else I could
think of.
As to tools to reset Administrator account, where can I
find the URL to download. I would hate to do a trial &
error on one inthe hope that I find one that works and wont
wipe out everything else.
Michael K.
>-----Original Message-----
>did you delete the old account? and do you not know the
built in
>administrator account password?? have you tried the
administrator account
>with a blank password? there are tools out there that can
go in and reset
>the administrator password, they take a little bit of
knowledge but if you
>are down to reinstalling they are probably worth a try.
>
>"Michael K." <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
in message
>news:1cc301c50bc1$705b1c20$a401280a@phx.gbl...
>> Dave:
>>
>> Thanks for the reply.
>>
>> You are correct on most things.
>> I only added the account on the secy PC. I did not touch
>> the Doc PC. The new account on the Secy PC only has default
>> user privileges. Any of the files and apps created on the
>> Secy PC were created under a default Administrator user
>> with all its privs.
>> I don't have the password for any of those power users. I
>> would be surprised if I were able to copy the original
>> desktop setting to the new user without being able to log
>> on as Admin or some other ID with privs.
>> Like you say, I have bigger problems. All the settings,
>> including desktop, apps, databases, printers were created
>> with the old userID and its privs. When I try to
>> look/change printer settings, they are not changeable from
>> that account.
>>
>> Michael K.
>>
>> >-----Original Message-----
>> >i am guessing that you used to be running without logging
>> in at all, which
>> >was probably running under an account that had
>> administrator privileges.
>> >now you have created new accounts on both machines and
>> required them to
>> >login, but you most likely made them as normal user
>> accounts. you likely
>> >have several problems.
>> >
>> >1. you don't have the desktop settings because now you
>> have a different user
>> >name, each user has their own desktop so any setup you had
>> on the old
>> >account are not available to the new user. to fix this
>> you might want to
>> >copy the settings from the old account profile over to the
>> new one, or just
>> >reconfigure the desktop of the new account with what is
>> really needed.
>> >2. you can't run apps that were installed under the old
>> account. there are
>> >a couple reasons for this, most likely the old apps
>> require higher
>> >privileges than a plain user has, try making the new
>> accounts 'power users'
>> >and see if that lets you run the old apps. it may also be
>> that the data for
>> >the old apps is in folders that are owned by the old
>> account and you don't
>> >have access to it at all, you would have to either take
>> ownership of it or
>> >give the new account administrator priviledge to go get it.
>> >3. printing doesn't work. now that you are requiring
>> login to the machine
>> >you will have to bypass that for the printer share to
>> work. you should be
>> >able to do this by adding the doc's account to the secy's
>> printer share and
>> >giving it permission to print. since you don't have a
>> domain you will have
>> >to enter the doc's use name like machinename/username.
>> >
>> >oh, and all of this of course will require that you know
>> the password of the
>> >administrator account on both machines.... if you don't
>> have that then you
>> >have even bigger problems.
>> >
>> >"Michael K." <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
>> in message
>> >news:0bb001c50bab$64f86240$a501280a@phx.gbl...
>> >> Hello:
>> >> Have a requirement to require passwords for Windows boot
>> >> and screensaver PW. Configuration is a small doctors
office
>> >> with Doc having one PC and Secy the other. Both PC's are
>> >> running Windows 2000 professional. A printer is
attached to
>> >> Secy PC. I set up a new user account for secy PC and
turned
>> >> on PW for boot and screensaver. The old config did not
>> >> require any PW's at all. Now when I boot, new account
works
>> >> fine but all previous settings are reset(desktop,
>> >> shortcuts, etc.) It accomplished what I tried to do!!!
>> >> However, I've lost file permissions to apps that were
>> >> running there. I can't go back to old way as there was no
>> >> PW requirement for Administrator ID so no password
was ever
>> >> set. Also, Doc PC is unable to print via Secy PC. I would
>> >> appreciate some advice on recovery, short of rebuild.
>> >> Thanks for any help.
>> >> Michael
>> >
>> >
>> >.
>> >
>
>
>.
>
February 6, 2005 7:21:26 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.security (More info?)

the one i have used is: http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
which is free and has very good instructions. there are literaly dozens of
them out there if you search google for things like "windows 2000
administrator password reset disk free download" there are only 93k hits,
lots are only free demo programs though.


"Michael K." <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:27ec01c50c5c$f25db840$a601280a@phx.gbl...
> I did not delete any accounts. I added one account that had
> no privs. I tried blank PW null, PW, anything else I could
> think of.
> As to tools to reset Administrator account, where can I
> find the URL to download. I would hate to do a trial &
> error on one inthe hope that I find one that works and wont
> wipe out everything else.
> Michael K.
> >-----Original Message-----
> >did you delete the old account? and do you not know the
> built in
> >administrator account password?? have you tried the
> administrator account
> >with a blank password? there are tools out there that can
> go in and reset
> >the administrator password, they take a little bit of
> knowledge but if you
> >are down to reinstalling they are probably worth a try.
> >
> >"Michael K." <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
> in message
> >news:1cc301c50bc1$705b1c20$a401280a@phx.gbl...
> >> Dave:
> >>
> >> Thanks for the reply.
> >>
> >> You are correct on most things.
> >> I only added the account on the secy PC. I did not touch
> >> the Doc PC. The new account on the Secy PC only has default
> >> user privileges. Any of the files and apps created on the
> >> Secy PC were created under a default Administrator user
> >> with all its privs.
> >> I don't have the password for any of those power users. I
> >> would be surprised if I were able to copy the original
> >> desktop setting to the new user without being able to log
> >> on as Admin or some other ID with privs.
> >> Like you say, I have bigger problems. All the settings,
> >> including desktop, apps, databases, printers were created
> >> with the old userID and its privs. When I try to
> >> look/change printer settings, they are not changeable from
> >> that account.
> >>
> >> Michael K.
> >>
> >> >-----Original Message-----
> >> >i am guessing that you used to be running without logging
> >> in at all, which
> >> >was probably running under an account that had
> >> administrator privileges.
> >> >now you have created new accounts on both machines and
> >> required them to
> >> >login, but you most likely made them as normal user
> >> accounts. you likely
> >> >have several problems.
> >> >
> >> >1. you don't have the desktop settings because now you
> >> have a different user
> >> >name, each user has their own desktop so any setup you had
> >> on the old
> >> >account are not available to the new user. to fix this
> >> you might want to
> >> >copy the settings from the old account profile over to the
> >> new one, or just
> >> >reconfigure the desktop of the new account with what is
> >> really needed.
> >> >2. you can't run apps that were installed under the old
> >> account. there are
> >> >a couple reasons for this, most likely the old apps
> >> require higher
> >> >privileges than a plain user has, try making the new
> >> accounts 'power users'
> >> >and see if that lets you run the old apps. it may also be
> >> that the data for
> >> >the old apps is in folders that are owned by the old
> >> account and you don't
> >> >have access to it at all, you would have to either take
> >> ownership of it or
> >> >give the new account administrator priviledge to go get it.
> >> >3. printing doesn't work. now that you are requiring
> >> login to the machine
> >> >you will have to bypass that for the printer share to
> >> work. you should be
> >> >able to do this by adding the doc's account to the secy's
> >> printer share and
> >> >giving it permission to print. since you don't have a
> >> domain you will have
> >> >to enter the doc's use name like machinename/username.
> >> >
> >> >oh, and all of this of course will require that you know
> >> the password of the
> >> >administrator account on both machines.... if you don't
> >> have that then you
> >> >have even bigger problems.
> >> >
> >> >"Michael K." <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
> >> in message
> >> >news:0bb001c50bab$64f86240$a501280a@phx.gbl...
> >> >> Hello:
> >> >> Have a requirement to require passwords for Windows boot
> >> >> and screensaver PW. Configuration is a small doctors
> office
> >> >> with Doc having one PC and Secy the other. Both PC's are
> >> >> running Windows 2000 professional. A printer is
> attached to
> >> >> Secy PC. I set up a new user account for secy PC and
> turned
> >> >> on PW for boot and screensaver. The old config did not
> >> >> require any PW's at all. Now when I boot, new account
> works
> >> >> fine but all previous settings are reset(desktop,
> >> >> shortcuts, etc.) It accomplished what I tried to do!!!
> >> >> However, I've lost file permissions to apps that were
> >> >> running there. I can't go back to old way as there was no
> >> >> PW requirement for Administrator ID so no password
> was ever
> >> >> set. Also, Doc PC is unable to print via Secy PC. I would
> >> >> appreciate some advice on recovery, short of rebuild.
> >> >> Thanks for any help.
> >> >> Michael
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >.
> >> >
> >
> >
> >.
> >
Anonymous
February 7, 2005 7:54:18 AM

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Dave:
Thanks for your help. I have checked google for utils.
There are quite a few out there. I'll try one or two and
let you know how things go.
Michael K.
>-----Original Message-----
>the one i have used is:
http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
>which is free and has very good instructions. there are
literaly dozens of
>them out there if you search google for things like
"windows 2000
>administrator password reset disk free download" there are
only 93k hits,
>lots are only free demo programs though.
>
>
>"Michael K." <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
in message
>news:27ec01c50c5c$f25db840$a601280a@phx.gbl...
>> I did not delete any accounts. I added one account that had
>> no privs. I tried blank PW null, PW, anything else I could
>> think of.
>> As to tools to reset Administrator account, where can I
>> find the URL to download. I would hate to do a trial &
>> error on one inthe hope that I find one that works and wont
>> wipe out everything else.
>> Michael K.
>> >-----Original Message-----
>> >did you delete the old account? and do you not know the
>> built in
>> >administrator account password?? have you tried the
>> administrator account
>> >with a blank password? there are tools out there that can
>> go in and reset
>> >the administrator password, they take a little bit of
>> knowledge but if you
>> >are down to reinstalling they are probably worth a try.
>> >
>> >"Michael K." <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
>> in message
>> >news:1cc301c50bc1$705b1c20$a401280a@phx.gbl...
>> >> Dave:
>> >>
>> >> Thanks for the reply.
>> >>
>> >> You are correct on most things.
>> >> I only added the account on the secy PC. I did not touch
>> >> the Doc PC. The new account on the Secy PC only has
default
>> >> user privileges. Any of the files and apps created on the
>> >> Secy PC were created under a default Administrator user
>> >> with all its privs.
>> >> I don't have the password for any of those power users. I
>> >> would be surprised if I were able to copy the original
>> >> desktop setting to the new user without being able to log
>> >> on as Admin or some other ID with privs.
>> >> Like you say, I have bigger problems. All the settings,
>> >> including desktop, apps, databases, printers were created
>> >> with the old userID and its privs. When I try to
>> >> look/change printer settings, they are not changeable
from
>> >> that account.
>> >>
>> >> Michael K.
>> >>
>> >> >-----Original Message-----
>> >> >i am guessing that you used to be running without
logging
>> >> in at all, which
>> >> >was probably running under an account that had
>> >> administrator privileges.
>> >> >now you have created new accounts on both machines and
>> >> required them to
>> >> >login, but you most likely made them as normal user
>> >> accounts. you likely
>> >> >have several problems.
>> >> >
>> >> >1. you don't have the desktop settings because now you
>> >> have a different user
>> >> >name, each user has their own desktop so any setup
you had
>> >> on the old
>> >> >account are not available to the new user. to fix this
>> >> you might want to
>> >> >copy the settings from the old account profile over
to the
>> >> new one, or just
>> >> >reconfigure the desktop of the new account with what is
>> >> really needed.
>> >> >2. you can't run apps that were installed under the old
>> >> account. there are
>> >> >a couple reasons for this, most likely the old apps
>> >> require higher
>> >> >privileges than a plain user has, try making the new
>> >> accounts 'power users'
>> >> >and see if that lets you run the old apps. it may
also be
>> >> that the data for
>> >> >the old apps is in folders that are owned by the old
>> >> account and you don't
>> >> >have access to it at all, you would have to either take
>> >> ownership of it or
>> >> >give the new account administrator priviledge to go
get it.
>> >> >3. printing doesn't work. now that you are requiring
>> >> login to the machine
>> >> >you will have to bypass that for the printer share to
>> >> work. you should be
>> >> >able to do this by adding the doc's account to the
secy's
>> >> printer share and
>> >> >giving it permission to print. since you don't have a
>> >> domain you will have
>> >> >to enter the doc's use name like machinename/username.
>> >> >
>> >> >oh, and all of this of course will require that you know
>> >> the password of the
>> >> >administrator account on both machines.... if you don't
>> >> have that then you
>> >> >have even bigger problems.
>> >> >
>> >> >"Michael K." <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote
>> >> in message
>> >> >news:0bb001c50bab$64f86240$a501280a@phx.gbl...
>> >> >> Hello:
>> >> >> Have a requirement to require passwords for
Windows boot
>> >> >> and screensaver PW. Configuration is a small doctors
>> office
>> >> >> with Doc having one PC and Secy the other. Both
PC's are
>> >> >> running Windows 2000 professional. A printer is
>> attached to
>> >> >> Secy PC. I set up a new user account for secy PC and
>> turned
>> >> >> on PW for boot and screensaver. The old config did not
>> >> >> require any PW's at all. Now when I boot, new account
>> works
>> >> >> fine but all previous settings are reset(desktop,
>> >> >> shortcuts, etc.) It accomplished what I tried to do!!!
>> >> >> However, I've lost file permissions to apps that were
>> >> >> running there. I can't go back to old way as there
was no
>> >> >> PW requirement for Administrator ID so no password
>> was ever
>> >> >> set. Also, Doc PC is unable to print via Secy PC.
I would
>> >> >> appreciate some advice on recovery, short of rebuild.
>> >> >> Thanks for any help.
>> >> >> Michael
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