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How can I recover a lost 'admin account' on my PC?

Asked by augustlan (47715points) June 24th, 2009

I allowed my daughter to create her own admin account on my computer, but in the process of logging out of mine she lost mine altogether. How and/or why did that happen? I’ve lost all of my documents and pictures, some games I purchased and downloaded to my desktop and all of my preferred settings. I can’t find my admin account anywhere. What steps would I take to recover it? I’m running Windows XP, if that makes a difference.

Or am I doomed?

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sandystrachan's avatar

Have you performed a system restore , to a date before this happened ?

augustlan's avatar

No. I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t even know how.

augustlan's avatar

Ok. I figured out how to do a system restore, but it didn’t work. I chose a date before she even created her account, but my admin account was still gone, hers was still there. AGH!

whitenoise's avatar

Have you logged off your daughter’s account and logged in again under your original account?

Do you still have another adminstrator acccount?
Did you check your c:/documents and settings/ directory?
Did you check the bin?

You may want to look into undelete software, if you’re sure your data has been deleted. What ever you do, don’t do a drive cleanup or defragmentation. Once that is done, deleted data is far harder to undelete.

msright1981's avatar

Two methods are available:

1— Go into safe mode & try the following:
Username: administrator
password: <blank>

if that does not work, then look up for the password reset cd for windows XP. Its a bootable CD which allow you to reset the password. I would left a link, but seems moderators are over-board with my links :).

BBQsomeCows's avatar

You were likely using ‘user 500’ or ‘the’ administrator account which sometimes might not show on the welcome screen

from the welcome screen hold down ctrl-alt and double tap delete

username: administrator
password: [whatever it is]

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