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Not able to disable startup items on acer one notebook

Recently bought Acer one notebook with windows xp.  Set the computer up fine but now i wanted to do a selective startup and stop some things from loading.  So i tried to do it from start --> run --> msconfig and when i do it tells me that i need to log on as an administrator.  However when I set it up , i dont think it gave me the option to create an administrator account.  But if it did, i have no idea how to get to it as when i go to just log off it only gives me my account.  Any ideas ? When i go to the start --> programs --> startup folder, there is only one item and i know from experience that if i can disable stuff through msconfig, that will cut down startup time significantly.  I am listed as an administrator but i am thinking that my account by default is limited.  Also when i go to right click my computer, and go to manage the normal users and groups items isnt listed there.
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dmccormi35
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jeffiepooCommented:
Are you on a domain network, or is this a personal network?
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Cobra25Commented:
I'm assuming you are looking at the blue welcome screen with only your account listed? Do you know the administrator password?
Try doing this:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/learnmore/tips/knox1.mspx

Then enter administrator and the password (if you have it) and then check your user account in control panel.
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cantorisCommented:
"Users and Groups" does not exist in XP Home Edition.
Try the instructions in the link that Cobra25 said to get in as the native Administrator account.
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dmccormi35Author Commented:
I tried what he suggested but it tells me unable to log on because of an account restriction ?
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cantorisCommented:
The built-in administrator account is probably disabled.  You should be able to log in with it if you boot into Safe Mode.
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dmccormi35Author Commented:
Ya i can but i cant disable startup items , it tells me i cant .  thinking maybe i should just give up or try to upgrade to pro
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cantorisCommented:
Some viruses can strip rights out of your account.  Try downloading AntiMalware from http://www.malwarebytes.org  Install it, use its built-in update feature, and then run it from Safe Mode to scan your system.

I'm not sure if this command exists on XP Home but open a command prompt - Start - Run - CMD
In it type:
net localgroup administrators
That will show what users are members of the local administrators group.  If you think your accounts are administrators then they should be listed in there.  If not, then something has wrecked the group membership.

Are there any error messages in the event logs to show that something identifiable is misbehaving and the cause?
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dmccormi35Author Commented:
I give up ... i think it must be something hard coded in the bios of this laptop or something weird ... not that important.
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