troubleshooting Question

Restricted access even when logged in as Administrator

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I have a laptop running Windows XP that was a work laptop at one point.  I have the Administrator password and have logged in but even when logged in as Administrator i'm still getting restricted access, i can't even access the user Accounts in control panel without a message telling me:

'These control panel options are not available

the content of this control panel category has been made unavailable by your system administrator.  To make changes in this area, contact your system administrator.'

i though i was the system administrator as i have logged in as such.  Anybody know how to gain full access to this machine without re-installing?
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