administrator account hidden

hi experts,
my xp home edition  sp2 system is not  showing the original administrator account...
i have tried :control panel->user accounts...........showing accounts except administrator..
                  : mycomputer->right click->.......not showing user account management
then i tried to create an administrator account  ,system says it already has an account with the same name...

now i am using an account with my name which has admin properties..........
my system was installed xp when i got it......

please throw me some idea

thanks tom

toms4uAsked:
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amirinamdarCommented:
When you first install windows, you create an administrator account by default. You need to have atleast one more admin account before you can have a limited account on your machine. The original admin account is not shown on the welcome screen. If you turn off the welcome screen, you can log into the admin account by typing the name administrator and the password you set.
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dr_binksCommented:
try booting into safe mode and see if you can not only  access the admin account, but also chnage it in the user account management.
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toms4uAuthor Commented:
yes ..i did it..safe mode..
i have seen  adminbistrator account  ..i changed the password..
but in normal booting still it remains hidden
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mikeleebrlaCommented:
start>run>MMC>enter

add the "local users and groups" snap in MMC

do you see the account there?

in any case, if  you have another account with local admin rights, why do you need the original built in account anyway?
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SunBowCommented:
> now i am using an account with my name which has admin properties..........

Good. First step after rebuild is to make the two freebies (add a backup). Then make yourself a normal one to actually use.


mikeleebrla > in any case, if  you have another account with local admin rights, why do you need the original built in account anyway?

I agree. The need is to get more people to stop creating only accounts with admin rights, so that there is at least a little defense, when someone cracks their system. More security is better.

toms4u > i have seen  adminbistrator account  ..i changed the password..

OK, that's a good reason

> but in normal booting still it remains hidden  

but why does it need to be so much more visible when open to internet exposure?

(my personal view is that a physical disconnect should do that, but the software designers did not ask me, they like us to more frequently reboot, the OS needs it)
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toms4uAuthor Commented:
i want to use remote assistance...for these i  need this account or not.?
 this is my  own system....in any case   i haven't an option to see my admin account............
 i  tried  using  mmc...system says:"this computer  is running  windows XP home edition .this snap in may not be used with that version of windows.to manage user accounts for this computer ,user accounts tool in the control panel."
so, i am not able or not ?
can i change my XP home edition to  XPprofessional  ?

thanks everybody
tom
 
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humeniukCommented:
"can i change my XP home edition to  XPprofessional  ?"
Yes, but it requires you to purchase an upgrade CD.
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