Re: Administrator account

From: Tim Lister (t.lister4NoSpam_at_ntlworldNoSpamPlease.com)
Date: 08/10/04


Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2004 23:55:40 GMT

Jimmie Moberg wrote:

> Jbob this is partly right anyway... if you dont use the "welcome screen" but
> instead use the ordinary login box u dont have to use safe mode to login as
> administrator...
> otherwise i think you are very correct in your statement =D
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> "Jbob" <nobody@SpamCox.net> skrev i meddelandet
> news:LMqdnaIepMcBpovcRVn-ig@comcast.com...
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>>"Tim Lister" <t.lister4NoSpam@ntlworldNoSpamPlease.com> wrote in message
>>news:G9TQc.398$hm1.65@newsfe2-gui.ntli.net...
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>>> Whilst I'm here, could I also pick your brains about the admin
>>>account on XP. I have a few other users on my stand alone machine &
>>>obviously my account is set up as the admin account, but when I boot
>>>into safe mode, I'm presented with another account to mine, labelled
>>>Administrator & with its own password! Why is this hidden admin account
>>>present & again, are there any security implications in having it?
>>>Thanks in advance again!
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>>I think this was one of MS's ideas at fixing a big problem with the NT
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> based
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>>OS's. Many people simply used the default user acount(which also happened
>>to be the Admin account) as their normal account. The problem with this
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> is
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>>is for some reason they lose the password or the account becomes corrupted
>>somehow there are very few ways to get back into the OS to fix it short of
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> a
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>>reload. MS decided to hide the default admin account so it was only seen
>>during a Safe Boot in Windows XP. This way you had to create a normal
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> user
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>>acount for yourself while still preserving the default Admin account.
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> Most
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>>system admins always maintain 2 admin accounts in case one gets hosed.
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> You
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>>can adjust the registry to show this during normal boot as well or use the
>>Powertoys utility to set it to show. FWIW your admin accounts should
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> have
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>>fairly hard passwords or at the very least all the accounts that have full
>>admin rights.
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Thanks guys! It's really nice to be able to ask experts about these
things that niggle away at me!