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B

Barrie

#1
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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W

William Anderson

#2
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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Barrie

#3
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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T

Tom Allen

#4
"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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Brink

Staff member
mvp
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#5
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.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/66966-logon-automatically.html

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.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/93026-user-account-delete.html


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

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67567-administrator-account.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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B

Barrie

#6
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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A

Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin]

#7
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/cns!E8E5CC039D51E3DB!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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B

Barrie

#8
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.
>
> http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/66966-logon-automatically.html
>
> 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.
>
> http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/93026-user-account-delete.html
>
>
> If they had you enable the real Built-In Administrator account, then
> this tutorial will show you how to turn it off.
>
> http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67567-administrator-account.html
>
> Hope this helps,
> Shawn
>
>
> --
> brink
>
> *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask them.*
> WWW.VISTAX64.COM (\"HTTP://WWW.VISTAX64.COM\")
> *Please post feedback to help others.*
>
 

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B

Barrie

#9
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/cns!E8E5CC039D51E3DB!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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Brink

Staff member
mvp
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#10
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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#11
FINALLY! Thanks so much!
"brink" <brink.2ykbza@xxxxxx-mx.forums.net> wrote in message
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>
> 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.
>
> http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/66966-logon-automatically.html
>
> 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.
>
> http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/93026-user-account-delete.html
>
>
> If they had you enable the real Built-In Administrator account, then
> this tutorial will show you how to turn it off.
>
> http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67567-administrator-account.html
>
> Hope this helps,
> Shawn
>
>
> --
> brink
>
> *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask them.*
> WWW.VISTAX64.COM (\"HTTP://WWW.VISTAX64.COM\")
> *Please post feedback to help others.*


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Brink

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#12

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    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Corsair Air 740
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

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