How do I get administrative privileges on Windows XP?

September 5, 2007

I have a problem with my computer, recently I updated Windows from 2000 to XP professional, and now I can’t see the ‘Administrator’ account and the account that I’m using doesn’t have administrator rights. How can I configure the account that I’m using to have administrator rights?

The administrator account is still there, it’s just hidden, presumably for your protection. But we can still sign in using it, and then grant your other, regular, account administrative rights.

But you will need the password for the ‘Administrator’ account. I’ll assume you have that.

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In Windows XP Pro, that Administrator account is not listed on the login screen, unless it’s the only account on the machine. You can still log into it, though … by rebooting into ‘Safe Mode’. Press F8 when Windows begins to boot, and you’ll be given a list of boot options, one of which is ‘Safe Mode’. Select that, and the ‘Administrator’ account will appear on the login screen.

From here it’s easy. Once you’ve signed in as ‘Administrator’:

  • Right-click on My Computer
  • Click on Manage
  • Expand Local Users and Groups
  • Click on Groups
  • Double click on Administrators
  • Click on Add
  • Enter the account name on this machine that you want to assign administrative privileges to
  • OK your way back out.

Now reboot your machine normally, and the account you selected should now have administrative access.

Source: Leo


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