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Issue with Workgroup in x64

Discussion in 'Software' started by Arroryn, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Morning guys

    I'm working on PC that, for whatever lunatic reason, is running Windows XP X64

    I was setting up user accounts, and didn't know that there was a fair whack of data on the Administrator (default) account.

    I set up a user as computer administrator, and both their account and the default Windows admin account are password protected.

    Problem is, the default administrator account, with around 50GB of data, has disappeared. I have tried the Windows welcome screen, and tried navigating through to it a numerous amount of ways. I can't change sharing security on them either using the other administrator account.

    Any suggestions on how I get to this data? I thought of removing the admin account I added, as I thought that Windows would recognise it still has the default account in place... but this doesn't seem to be the case.

    The PC has never been part of a domain, and I've never renamed the Workgroup settings.

    Errr.... help?
     
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  2. Sparky
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    I take it the user you have created is part of the local administrators group? This is in computer management.

    Do you know the password of the default admin account? When you refer to the Windows welcome screen is that the fast user switching screen when you can pick an account to use to logon?

    If so when you are at that screen press ctrl+alt+delete but tap the delete key while holding ctrl+alt down and then you will see a domain style logon screen.

    Log on as administrator and see what happens... 8)
     
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  3. Theprof

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    I agree with what sparky said, also for some weird reason if the administrator account is disabled. In this case like sparky said you could check the computer management users and groups snap-in to see if the account is disabled, if not usually when you boot the computer in safe mode you should be able to see the administrator account.
     
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    Isnt the original administrator account hidden unless you boot into safe mode? perhaps that was used as the only computer account and then was hidden when additional accounts were created?
     
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  5. Sparky
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    If you press ctrl+alt+delete, keep the ctrl+alt pressed and tap the delete key a couple of times it dumps you to a proper domain style logon and not the fast user switching screen which can hide the admin account. 8)
     
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  6. Boycie
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    Good pointer there Sparks! :)
     
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  7. Arroryn
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    Thanks Sparky, that worked a treat!
     
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  8. Sparky
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    No probs :thumbleft
     
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