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How do you log in as an administrator in win 98 after deleting profiles?

Posted on 2003-11-13
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How do you log in as an administrator in win 98 after deleting profiles?  I no longer have admin privileges in win 98.  I deleted some user profiles that were created by going through the control panel only, not the registry.  Now when I try to install programs like Norton Internet Security, which was previously installed under a profile I deleted, it tells me I do not have the proper privileges.  How do you log on as an administrator in Windows 98 as I cannot add or delete any programs?  

My pc also tries to connect to the internet through the dial-up window feverishly.  Cannot delete the window no matter what I do.  Do I have a virus?  Help!
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by:liddler
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>>My pc also tries to connect to the internet through the dial-up window feverishly.  Cannot delete the window no matter what I do.  Do I have a virus?  Help!

You may have a virus (check at http://housecall.trendmico.com) or spyware, download, install and update adaware (www.lavasoftusa.com) and Spybot Serach & Destroy (security.kolla.de)

As for getting back an admnin account you've lost, it may cause less grief just to reinstall
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by:Egoslayer1
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There is no administrator profile on 98, but I think you need at least one profile, did you delete them all?

can you try hitting escape at the login, which should bypass it, and log you in as the default profile, this should be the closest to an admin profile as 98 gets...do that and see if you can install your software.

ES
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by:LucF
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Search your computer for *.pwl files, delete them all, now try logging in again. No username or password is required. Now you should have all permissions you need, if you don't, follow sunray_2003s and liddlers advice....

Win98 doesn't know about any administrator privileges, everyone is administrator by default.

LucF
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