How come my administrator account on my computer disappeared when I created a new administrator account?

by on March 9, 2010

Q: A friend gave me his laptop. It was set on administrator. I wanted to password protect it, so I could let someone else use the computer. I gave administrator a password, and chose to keep my files and folders private. Somewhere along the line, it gets confusing. After I did all that, I made an account with computer administrator abilities. Now that new account is the only one that comes up when I turn on my pc. What happened to the original administrator and all my files that I saved while working on that account?


3 Responses to “How come my administrator account on my computer disappeared when I created a new administrator account?”
  1.  

    The “Administrator” account does not show up on the windows welcome screen by default.

    All the files are located in one of the following locations:

    Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator

    Windows Vista & 7: C:\Users\Administrator

    I suggest just moving the files from there to somewhere more useful and forgetting about the ‘Administrator’ acct.

    If you still want to login to that account, see these instructions: http://windowsxp.mvps.org/admins.htm

     
  2.  

    I tried Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator but I just get “access denied”

    I also tried ctrl+alt+del on the windows screen, and nothing happened

     
  3.  

    Are you running Windows XP Home Edition or Professional Edition?