"Ádmin'' account disappeared as logon option
Posted on 2012-03-23
I have just restarted an old computer I haven't used for a while. I was accustomed to logging on as Admin ( or Administrator?) ( yes, I know...) although there was also an account in my own name ( also an admin) which I didn't use as apps kept being installed under Admin. I then installed Win 7. I used that for several months and then went travelling...
Those are the facts as I recall them. They don't fit the current reality tho.
I have now restarted the machine and booted XP to be presented only with my named account. The 'Admin' account is not available to logon to. I recall from somewhere that it's possible to hide the Admin account from the logon process but I don't recall doing that. It does not show up in User Accounts, either. Only my named account and Guest ( not available for login).
Also, I can use my named account but it has no password. I do not recall leaving an account without a password. It just seems like a very unlikely thing for me to do.
Once I'm logged in there are programs missing such as firefox/Chrome as they may have been only installed under admin. I can't recall. Very oddly, Eset firewall s/w is not in
stalled which I find contrary to my standard practice. This laptop had an account w/o password and w/o security software. Hmm.
How can I make the admin account accessible again?
Any idea how this situation could have arisen?