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Windows 2000 Professional - Admin lockout - change of Admin?

Chickenlil
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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!
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