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Help with User Accounts, passwords...etc.


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Okay... In my haste yesterday, I was password protecting my computer and added a user name and password with admin priviledges... In the process, I lost access to the default user info that I had been using until yesterday... I lost all the desktop settings, I can't access the folder that says "Administrator's Documents", Can't get in to Outlook Express where I have E-mail stored since forever, Can't get into quicken...

Is there a way to regain access to this account? I didn't DELETE the user, I created a new user... I tried switching users but it doesn't give me an option to log in as "Administrator" My new username has administrator priviledges, I just need to get access to all that old stuff...
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Had you been using the default "Administrator" account?

If so, try this:
Boot into Safe Mode, where you'll have the "Administrator" user as one of the options.
Log in as Administrator.
Copy the user profile settings to your new user account (see Microsoft article 811151, scroll down to "Copy Files to New User Profile")

Then, change ownership of the Adminsitrator's folders. See Microsoft article 308418 for details.

Or you can simply copy all the files in Administrator's My Documents to your new user account's My Documents.

If this isn't what you need, please post back.
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Thanks! With the Holiday I haven't have time to fully explore the response and try everything, but just the tip on logging in to the administrator account in safe mode was immediately helpful...:whistling:
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