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Problem with Computer Administrator Account in Vista

I've long had a problem trying to delete a registry key entry, in an effort to remove and reinstall Skype.  On my original administrator account I've been unsuccessful.
However, not long after I got my new laptop, I had to create a new administrator account to change the date and time.  Under my original account, I got an error saying, "Date and Time: Unable to continue.  you do not have permission to perform this task.  Please contact your computer administrator for help."  With the second account, I was able to change the date and time.
This brings me back to the Skype issue.  I un-installed skype, but when I went to reinstall it, there was an error, citing an error in the registry key.  When I jumped over to the 2nd admin account, I can install it no problem.
So, there is a problem with my administrator account and its ability to perform and be recognized as a true administrator.  Any thoughts or ideas are greatly appreciated!!
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dhoffman_98Commented:
Can you try... if it's possible (which it might be since you now have a new administrator account) to change the role of the original administrator account to a regular user account, and then change it back again?

Does that resolve any issues?
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rbudjCommented:
make sure your user account is in the local administrators group.  Start > Right click Computer > Manage > expand Local Users and Groups > click on Groups

Double-click the Administrators group.  Make sure your username shows under Members.  If it does not then add it.
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AlwaysInTroubleAuthor Commented:
I did what you said.  Start->Computer->Manage.  But that's where it stops.  In the Computer Management window, there is NO local users and groups.  Only System Tools, Storage, Sevices and Applications.

So I can see this is probably a problem.  Where do we go from here?
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dhoffman_98Commented:
Did you try my suggestion at all? what were the results?
You would do that from the User Accounts control panel.

Select the account and click on "Change account type". Change it from Administrator to "Standard User". Then close it out, open it, and change it back.
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rbudjCommented:
it sounds like you do not have your true administrator account activated which probably means you are using a Home version of Vista.  By default, the true administrator account is disabled.  You will need to enable it.  Start > All Programs > Accessories > Right-click command prompt and choose run as administrator.  When you get to the dos prompt (black window) enter the following and press enter:

net user administrator /active:yes

This will activate your administrator account which should now enable your account to have full administrative abilities.
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rbudjCommented:
what version of Visa do you have?
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AlwaysInTroubleAuthor Commented:
Sorry, for the late response, but I've had some mixed results that in the end have been more confusing and frustrating then the simple problem first originated.

First, I am using Vista Home edition.

Second, I tired to change the user profile to standard, restarted and then changed it back to an administrator.  THIS WORKED, as I was able to reinstall skype without the registry hang up problem.  As well, I was able to access the date and time feature.

ENTER THE MORE CONFUSING PROBLEM...

I have a program called Deep Freeze running on my computer.  I've found its been terrific at keeping my computer running fast, without getting bogged down in all the crap that can be picked up on the internet.  

So, I made sure I was in a "thawed" state and made the above changed to my profile.  From the current administrator to standard, a thawed restart, and change back to an admin user profile.  Which is the state that I was in when I tested, and got positive results, with the skype reinstall without the registry hang up and the date and time funciton accessability.  

I figured the problem was solved.  So I restarted the computer in a frozen state to lock the new changes into my OS.  However, in the frozen state, it reverted back to the same problems.  

This is the first mis-step I've had with Deep Freeze, but its become apparent that it isn't keeping my change in user proflie.

What do you suggest?

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rbudjCommented:
hmmm, i wonder if you need to right click the .exe > properties > and set it to run as administrator.
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AlwaysInTroubleAuthor Commented:
set what to run as an administrator?  Deep Freeze?
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AlwaysInTroubleAuthor Commented:
After contacting Faronics, they told me to uninstall Deep Freeze and make the change to the administrator profile and then reinstall Deep Freeze.
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