User accounts

  tasslehoff burrfoot 19:44 14 Oct 2005


I am running XP pro. I have (until yesterday) been using the default "Administrator" account as the only account on the PC. Last night I created a new account but mistakenly gave it admin permissions.

Now, when i log in I am only given the option of this new account and, of course, all my documents settings etc are on the original administrator account.

I have now booted into safe mode to type this as that is the only way I know to log into the administrator account.

If I try to delete the new admin account I get a message stating that I need to create a new account with admin rights before I can. Why can't i delete it with the administrator account?

Also, how can I transfer (literally) everything from one account to another? If i can.

Many thanks


  mattyc_92 19:52 14 Oct 2005

Why Transfer the files? Just, on the "Welcome Screen", hold "Ctrl" and "Alt" and press "Delete" twice. This will bring up a dialog box asking for a username and password. Now just type in "Administrator" as the username and type in the password (if any) you were using for this account and press enter.

  tasslehoff burrfoot 20:06 14 Oct 2005

I tried that but only hit del once, wondered why it didn't work!

The reason I want to transfer all the settings is because I want to use a limited account for "everyday" usage.

Is it possible?

thanks agian


  Night Ryder 20:19 14 Oct 2005

If your new account has admin permissions you should be able to access all other accounts on the computer like this.

Open windows explorer then select tools / folder options and view. Now select "Show hidden files and folders" and ok.

Next go to the 'C' drive / doccuments and settings. You should be able to see all the accounts on your computer including the Administrator account. enter this folder and you will see you're original "My Documents" folder complete with all your files and desktop settings.

You can transfer this to your new "My Documents" folder on the dasktop.

  tasslehoff burrfoot 21:06 14 Oct 2005


I suppose the reverse of that is true then?

I could create my limited account and shift everything into it from the administrator account?



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