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Hidden Administrator Account

  1. #1


    Barrie Guest

    Hidden Administrator Account

    I recently went through a difficult uninstall process with Adobe and their
    technician had me create a new Administrator account to do this
    (successfully). He did this by a process other than the regular Control
    Panel|Users Accounts route but I do not remember the details. I had
    previously not had to log-on because I was the only Administrator User. Now
    I do and want to get rid of the Adobe-created administrator account that is
    dictating this required log-on. Adobe tells me that they are only authorized
    to create such accounts, not removed them!?*#$%

    Can someone please tell me how to get rid of the unwanted Administrator
    account?

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  3. #2


    William Anderson Guest

    RE: Hidden Administrator Account

    Hi there Barrie,

    I'm going off of the top of my head here as i don't have my vista laptop in
    front of me.

    Go to Start, Right click on My Computer and select manage. At the
    Administrator prompt, click OK. Once the computer management window opens,
    go to system tools, users and groups, and then users. Right click on the
    Adobe created admin account and delete it.

    Let me know if that works.

    If your being force to log on to the Adobe created Admin account because
    there are no others on the Welcome screen, try hitting CTRL+ALT+DELETE twice.
    It should take you to a prompt where you can manually type it in.

    Let me know if this works!

    Best Regards,

    "Barrie" wrote:

    > I recently went through a difficult uninstall process with Adobe and their
    > technician had me create a new Administrator account to do this
    > (successfully). He did this by a process other than the regular Control
    > Panel|Users Accounts route but I do not remember the details. I had
    > previously not had to log-on because I was the only Administrator User. Now
    > I do and want to get rid of the Adobe-created administrator account that is
    > dictating this required log-on. Adobe tells me that they are only authorized
    > to create such accounts, not removed them!?*#$%
    >
    > Can someone please tell me how to get rid of the unwanted Administrator
    > account?

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  4. #3


    Barrie Guest

    RE: Hidden Administrator Account

    Thanks for the suggestion, William. I am using Vista Home Premium and the
    sequence in the Computer Management window is not as you describe. I cannot
    see any reference to Users and Groups.

    "William Anderson" wrote:

    > Hi there Barrie,
    >
    > I'm going off of the top of my head here as i don't have my vista laptop in
    > front of me.
    >
    > Go to Start, Right click on My Computer and select manage. At the
    > Administrator prompt, click OK. Once the computer management window opens,
    > go to system tools, users and groups, and then users. Right click on the
    > Adobe created admin account and delete it.
    >
    > Let me know if that works.
    >
    > If your being force to log on to the Adobe created Admin account because
    > there are no others on the Welcome screen, try hitting CTRL+ALT+DELETE twice.
    > It should take you to a prompt where you can manually type it in.
    >
    > Let me know if this works!
    >
    > Best Regards,
    >
    > "Barrie" wrote:
    >

    > > I recently went through a difficult uninstall process with Adobe and their
    > > technician had me create a new Administrator account to do this
    > > (successfully). He did this by a process other than the regular Control
    > > Panel|Users Accounts route but I do not remember the details. I had
    > > previously not had to log-on because I was the only Administrator User. Now
    > > I do and want to get rid of the Adobe-created administrator account that is
    > > dictating this required log-on. Adobe tells me that they are only authorized
    > > to create such accounts, not removed them!?*#$%
    > >
    > > Can someone please tell me how to get rid of the unwanted Administrator
    > > account?

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  5. #4


    Tom Allen Guest

    Re: Hidden Administrator Account


    "Barrie" <Barrie@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:1CC4B0DB-5B93-45E4-88AE-310B24149D52@xxxxxx

    >I recently went through a difficult uninstall process with Adobe and
    >their
    > technician had me create a new Administrator account to do this
    > (successfully). He did this by a process other than the regular
    > Control
    > Panel|Users Accounts route but I do not remember the details. I had
    > previously not had to log-on because I was the only Administrator
    > User. Now
    > I do and want to get rid of the Adobe-created administrator account
    > that is
    > dictating this required log-on. Adobe tells me that they are only
    > authorized
    > to create such accounts, not removed them!?*#$%
    >
    > Can someone please tell me how to get rid of the unwanted
    > Administrator
    > account?
    Try running the command 'control userpasswords2' and see if you can
    knock it on the head from there.

    Tom



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    Re: Hidden Administrator Account

    Quote Originally Posted by Barrie View Post
    I recently went through a difficult uninstall process with Adobe and their
    technician had me create a new Administrator account to do this
    (successfully). He did this by a process other than the regular Control
    Panel|Users Accounts route but I do not remember the details. I had
    previously not had to log-on because I was the only Administrator User. Now
    I do and want to get rid of the Adobe-created administrator account that is
    dictating this required log-on. Adobe tells me that they are only authorized
    to create such accounts, not removed them!?*#$%

    Can someone please tell me how to get rid of the unwanted Administrator
    account?
    Hi Barrie,

    It depends on which Administrator account they had you create. One like from the Control Panel - User Accounts, or they had you enable the real Built-In Administrator account.

    Either way, log into your original Administrator account and not the one they had you create. If Vista starts up into this account instead of yours, then you can see how to change it to start back up in your original account in this tutorial. Just select your original Administrator account in step 5.

    Logon Automatically

    Look to see if the account they had you create is in User Accounts - Manage Another Account. If it is, then this tutorial will show you how to delete it.

    User Account - Delete


    If they had you enable the real Built-In Administrator account, then this tutorial will show you how to turn it off.

    Administrator Account

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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  7. #6


    Barrie Guest

    Re: Hidden Administrator Account

    I had not seen that command before, Tom. It took my right to the
    (apparently) relevant window but, when I tried to remove the Administrator
    from the list it would not let me, even though I am on the list as well, as
    an administrator. I tried changing the privileges to "User" as opposed to
    "Administrator" but that still did not let me remove it.

    "Tom Allen" wrote:

    >
    > "Barrie" <Barrie@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:1CC4B0DB-5B93-45E4-88AE-310B24149D52@xxxxxx

    > >I recently went through a difficult uninstall process with Adobe and
    > >their
    > > technician had me create a new Administrator account to do this
    > > (successfully). He did this by a process other than the regular
    > > Control
    > > Panel|Users Accounts route but I do not remember the details. I had
    > > previously not had to log-on because I was the only Administrator
    > > User. Now
    > > I do and want to get rid of the Adobe-created administrator account
    > > that is
    > > dictating this required log-on. Adobe tells me that they are only
    > > authorized
    > > to create such accounts, not removed them!?*#$%
    > >
    > > Can someone please tell me how to get rid of the unwanted
    > > Administrator
    > > account?
    >
    > Try running the command 'control userpasswords2' and see if you can
    > knock it on the head from there.
    >
    > Tom
    >
    >
    >

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  8. #7


    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin] Guest

    Re: Hidden Administrator Account

    By default, the Administrator account in Windows Vista does not require a
    password, its blank. The Administrator is only accessible through Safe Mode
    also. You can enable the Administrator account after installation if you did
    an upgrade from Windows XP. Click Start > right click Computer > click
    Manage > expand Local Users and Groups > select Users > right click the
    Administrator account > click Set Password. After which, you can try logging
    in.

    Once you have enabled Vista's "built-in" Administrator account, try logging
    into it and delete the Adobe Administrator account.
    --
    Andre
    Blog: http://adacosta.spaces.live.com
    My Vista Quickstart Guide:
    http://adacosta.spaces.live.com/blog...3DB!9709.entry
    "Barrie" <Barrie@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:1CC4B0DB-5B93-45E4-88AE-310B24149D52@xxxxxx

    >I recently went through a difficult uninstall process with Adobe and their
    > technician had me create a new Administrator account to do this
    > (successfully). He did this by a process other than the regular Control
    > Panel|Users Accounts route but I do not remember the details. I had
    > previously not had to log-on because I was the only Administrator User.
    > Now
    > I do and want to get rid of the Adobe-created administrator account that
    > is
    > dictating this required log-on. Adobe tells me that they are only
    > authorized
    > to create such accounts, not removed them!?*#$%
    >
    > Can someone please tell me how to get rid of the unwanted Administrator
    > account?


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    Barrie Guest

    Re: Hidden Administrator Account

    Outstanding! Yes. it was a hidden Built-In administrator account that I
    could not handle by the usueal Control Panel route. I followed the steps in
    your tutrorial with much appreciation and success. It is extraordinary how
    often the command prompt comes up trumps! Thank you so much.

    "brink" wrote:

    >
    > Barrie;483784 Wrote:

    > > I recently went through a difficult uninstall process with Adobe and
    > > their
    > > technician had me create a new Administrator account to do this
    > > (successfully). He did this by a process other than the regular Control
    > > Panel|Users Accounts route but I do not remember the details. I had
    > > previously not had to log-on because I was the only Administrator User.
    > > Now
    > > I do and want to get rid of the Adobe-created administrator account
    > > that is
    > > dictating this required log-on. Adobe tells me that they are only
    > > authorized
    > > to create such accounts, not removed them!?*#$%
    > >
    > > Can someone please tell me how to get rid of the unwanted Administrator
    > > account?
    >
    > Hi Barrie,
    >
    > It depends on which Administrator account they had you create. One
    > like from the Control Panel - User Accounts, or they had you enable the
    > real Built-In Administrator account.
    >
    > Either way, log into your original Administrator account and not the
    > one they had you create. If Vista starts up into this account instead
    > of yours, then you can see how to change it to start back up in your
    > original account in this tutorial. Just select your original
    > Administrator account in step 5.
    >
    > Logon Automatically
    >
    > Look to see if the account they had you create is in User Accounts -
    > Manage Another Account. If it is, then this tutorial will show you how
    > to delete it.
    >
    > User Account - Delete
    >
    >
    > If they had you enable the real Built-In Administrator account, then
    > this tutorial will show you how to turn it off.
    >
    > Administrator Account
    >
    > Hope this helps,
    > Shawn
    >
    >
    > --
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    >
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    >

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  10. #9


    Barrie Guest

    Re: Hidden Administrator Account

    Thanks, Andre. YOur message arrived while I was following brink's directions
    (successfully).

    "Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin]" wrote:

    > By default, the Administrator account in Windows Vista does not require a
    > password, its blank. The Administrator is only accessible through Safe Mode
    > also. You can enable the Administrator account after installation if you did
    > an upgrade from Windows XP. Click Start > right click Computer > click
    > Manage > expand Local Users and Groups > select Users > right click the
    > Administrator account > click Set Password. After which, you can try logging
    > in.
    >
    > Once you have enabled Vista's "built-in" Administrator account, try logging
    > into it and delete the Adobe Administrator account.
    > --
    > Andre
    > Blog: http://adacosta.spaces.live.com
    > My Vista Quickstart Guide:
    > http://adacosta.spaces.live.com/blog...3DB!9709.entry
    > "Barrie" <Barrie@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:1CC4B0DB-5B93-45E4-88AE-310B24149D52@xxxxxx

    > >I recently went through a difficult uninstall process with Adobe and their
    > > technician had me create a new Administrator account to do this
    > > (successfully). He did this by a process other than the regular Control
    > > Panel|Users Accounts route but I do not remember the details. I had
    > > previously not had to log-on because I was the only Administrator User.
    > > Now
    > > I do and want to get rid of the Adobe-created administrator account that
    > > is
    > > dictating this required log-on. Adobe tells me that they are only
    > > authorized
    > > to create such accounts, not removed them!?*#$%
    > >
    > > Can someone please tell me how to get rid of the unwanted Administrator
    > > account?
    >
    >
    >

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    Re: Hidden Administrator Account

    Quote Originally Posted by Barrie View Post
    Outstanding! Yes. it was a hidden Built-In administrator account that I
    could not handle by the usueal Control Panel route. I followed the steps in
    your tutrorial with much appreciation and success. It is extraordinary how
    often the command prompt comes up trumps! Thank you so much.

    "brink" wrote:
    Hi Barrie,
    >
    > It depends on which Administrator account they had you create. One
    > like from the Control Panel - User Accounts, or they had you enable the
    > real Built-In Administrator account.
    >
    > Either way, log into your original Administrator account and not the
    > one they had you create. If Vista starts up into this account instead
    > of yours, then you can see how to change it to start back up in your
    > original account in this tutorial. Just select your original
    > Administrator account in step 5.
    >
    >
    Logon Automatically
    >
    > Look to see if the account they had you create is in User Accounts -
    > Manage Another Account. If it is, then this tutorial will show you how
    > to delete it.
    >
    >
    User Account - Delete
    >
    >
    > If they had you enable the real Built-In Administrator account, then
    > this tutorial will show you how to turn it off.
    >
    >
    Administrator Account
    >
    > Hope this helps,
    > Shawn
    Your welcome Barrie,

    Glad I was able to help you resolve your problem.

    Shawn

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