Solved

Windows 2000 Professional - Admin lockout - change of Admin?

Posted on 2008-10-18
3
159 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have a Compaq laptop with Windows Pro 2000 - what happened today has happened once before...I turned on the computer and was not paying attention, put in my password, and it went through some stuff, maybe updates (?) - I don't know, it always takes so long to boot up - when I took a look again it was back to the Admin log-in, and so I put in my password again - and this time, it opened to a new desktop, with nothing much, an Internet connection wizard, getting started with Windows Professional, etc. -- everything else inaccessible.
The last time this happened I found some instructions on the net, and had to change the registry - it was about a second Admin account being started for some reason, and I had to go in and delete that...but I can't find those instructions now.
It worked perfectly fine the last time I used it, there was no reason that I could see, I did not do anything, what's the deal with this? How can I access my files? The hard drive still says it has 12 GB of stuff on it, so I know it is all still there somewhere!
Help!
0
Comment
Question by:Chickenlil
  • 2
3 Comments
 
LVL 12

Accepted Solution

by:
RubenvdLinden earned 250 total points
ID: 22751576
I suspect your user profile is corrupted, causing Windows to create a new user profile for you.

To restore a user profile, please read this article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314045
However, to be sure not to lose any data, I prefer the solution in this article: http://www.jsifaq.com/SF/Tips/Tip.aspx?id=5156


I hope this helps. If you have any questions concerning these articles, feel free to ask!
0
 

Author Comment

by:Chickenlil
ID: 22769977
I followed the directions to create a new user profile and import the files to it, which worked, except the Outlook files were hidden and it took some doing to find them and import as well.
I'll assign the point to you, but will give you 50 more if you can tell me, why did this happen?
It's the second time, and there was no sign of anything strange, no viruses etc, only maybe a few odd javascripts I removed - what corrupts the user profile? Is it something unique to 2000 Pro? Quite a bother!
0
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:RubenvdLinden
ID: 22774563
I'm sorry, but there's no real definite answer for the cause of profile corruption.
Corrupted user might be caused by power failures, incorrect shutdowns of the system, network- or software problems.

In my experience, it's not a specific Windows 2000 Pro problem. In the past ten years, I have seen it happen on all versions of NT (4.0, 2000, XP). Most of the times the system was connected to a Windows domain, with a failing roaming profile.
0

Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In the hope of saving someone else's sanity... About a year ago we bought a Cisco 1921 router with two ADSL/VDSL EHWIC cards to load balance local network traffic over the two broadband lines we have, but we couldn't get the routing to work consi…
NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
This Micro Tutorial will give you a basic overview how to record your screen with Microsoft Expression Encoder. This program is still free and open for the public to download. This will be demonstrated using Microsoft Expression Encoder 4.
Internet Business Fax to Email Made Easy - With  eFax Corporate (http://www.enterprise.efax.com), you'll receive a dedicated online fax number, which is used the same way as a typical analog fax number. You'll receive secure faxes in your email, f…

861 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

26 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now