Change administrator name to "Administrator"

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by rainyangel175, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. I have Vista and I accidentally put my name in as the administrator when I
    setup my laptop, for work purposes it's supposed to be named "Administrator".
    I try to change it but I get a message "The specified account name is not
    valid, because there is already an account with that name. Please try a
    different name". Is there a way to change it? Any help is greatly appreciated
    because I don't want to reinstall.

    Thanks!!
     
    rainyangel175, Mar 13, 2008
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  2. rainyangel175

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    Hi RainAngel,

    You cannot name a user account Administrator with a capitol A. It is
    reserved for the hidden built-in Administrator account. You can use a
    short "Admin" version of it, or what you did with a lower case a.

    This will show you how to enable the built-in Administrator account if
    you must have a user account with that name.

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

    Hope this helps you,
    Shawn


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    Brink, Mar 13, 2008
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  3. I was able to change the name to admin, but cannot change it to
    "administrator", unfortunately our business uses "administrator" as the local
    adminstrator account. Is there any way around this? I appreciate all your
    help!!
     
    rainyangel175, Mar 14, 2008
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  4. Why do you want two accounts with the same name? There's already a
    built-in account named "Administrator."


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    Bruce Chambers, Mar 14, 2008
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  5. Then (leaving aside the abysmally poor practice, security-wise, of
    using such an account for anything but emergencies) why not just use the
    built-in Administrator account, since that's exactly what it is: the
    local administrator account.


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    killed a great many philosophers.
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    Bruce Chambers, Mar 14, 2008
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  6. rainyangel175

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    The only way that I can see for you to have that exact name is to
    enable the built-in Administrator account. It has the name
    "Administrator" by default.

    Shawn


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    Brink, Mar 14, 2008
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  7. When I started the computer I choose my name as the administrator. When I go
    into users I only see my name and guest. I tried to create a new user with
    the name administrator but it gave me the same message as before (that name
    already exists). How do I find the Administrator account? I would like to
    change the password for it. Thanks for your help!
     
    rainyangel175, Mar 14, 2008
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  8. By design, the only way to log into the Administrator account of
    WinXP Home is to reboot into Safe Mode. For WinXP Pro, pressing
    CTRL+ALT+DEL twice at the Welcome Screen will produce the standard login
    dialog box, into which you'd type "Administrator."


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    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin

    Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. ~Bertrand Russell

    The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has
    killed a great many philosophers.
    ~ Denis Diderot
     
    Bruce Chambers, Mar 16, 2008
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  9. I have Vista ultimate...
     
    rainyangel175, Mar 16, 2008
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