Can't switch to "administrator" desktop account

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I tried to open up another account for my brother in law
to use on my computer. I had been using the
default "administrator" (computer administrator)
account. When I created a new account through control
panel, I was forced to open a second computer
administrator account "Rey". I then created a password
for the "administrator" account. I was able to switch
back and force between the two accounts. Then I
shutdown. When I restarted, only Rey was available,
and "administrator " was lost. The "Rey" desktop has
nothing on it.

Does any one know how I can get back to my original
desktop settings?

Thanks
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Rey - I assume you are using the "friendly" login with pictures on the
    right-hand part of the screen next to login name choices?

    To get to the "true" Administrator account simply do a "Ctrl-Alt-delete"
    twice at that screen, you should see a "standard" login screen appear. Enter
    'Administrator' as the username and then the password you assigned it.

    Note - you cannot do this trick while signed on as any other user or while
    any other user has application running - I.e. Administrator can only log in
    to the system if it is the only local account active.

    Hope this helps.

    "Rey" wrote:

    > I tried to open up another account for my brother in law
    > to use on my computer. I had been using the
    > default "administrator" (computer administrator)
    > account. When I created a new account through control
    > panel, I was forced to open a second computer
    > administrator account "Rey". I then created a password
    > for the "administrator" account. I was able to switch
    > back and force between the two accounts. Then I
    > shutdown. When I restarted, only Rey was available,
    > and "administrator " was lost. The "Rey" desktop has
    > nothing on it.
    >
    > Does any one know how I can get back to my original
    > desktop settings?
    >
    > Thanks
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

    Oops - realized in my first post that I may not have answered your question
    directly - here goes try #2:

    While logged in as Administrator (see previous post) open Windows Explorer
    and navigate to C:\documents and settings - copy the contents of the
    Administrator\Desktop folder into the Rey\Desktop folder, that should
    transfer any shortcuts or files you had there - you may also want to do that
    to the cookies, start menu, and copying the Administrator's Documents into
    Rey's Documents.

    Hope that helps more than before...

    "Rey" wrote:

    > I tried to open up another account for my brother in law
    > to use on my computer. I had been using the
    > default "administrator" (computer administrator)
    > account. When I created a new account through control
    > panel, I was forced to open a second computer
    > administrator account "Rey". I then created a password
    > for the "administrator" account. I was able to switch
    > back and force between the two accounts. Then I
    > shutdown. When I restarted, only Rey was available,
    > and "administrator " was lost. The "Rey" desktop has
    > nothing on it.
    >
    > Does any one know how I can get back to my original
    > desktop settings?
    >
    > Thanks
    >
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