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  • orr

    Good day to all.
    I am having a problem with an XP pro (SP#) machine I inherited, to which I do not have the Admin password. it IS connected to my company’s domain.

    Using the information here I have cleared the password for the Administrator account, and I can login with a blank password . when I use the “offline NT password recovery” tool, it shows the account as having ADMIN rights.

    However –
    1. The account does not in fact work as an admin (e.g. I can’t install
    some programs, and the start button doe not show “explore all users”)
    2. In account properties, I see it as a member of a group called “debugger users”
    and NOT as a member of “Administrators”. If I try adding this group I get
    an error message telling me i have no access.
    3. It seems the two posts about handling domains
    (for windows 200 AD and 2003 AD) both warn me they are NOT designed for
    Windows XP, nor does the “alternate logon” method work for XP.

    So – any advice?
    Thanks in advance for any help

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