How to Recover Windows XP Home Administrative Privileges

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How to Recover Windows XP Home Administrative Privileges
You can use two simple methods to restore Administrative privileges. (computer worker image by PD-Images.com from Fotolia.com)

User accounts in Windows XP can sometimes lose administrative privileges due to accidental user error or immediately following an update. In order to restore administrative privileges to your user account you must first log on to the computer using the Administrator profile. If the user account that has lost privileges is the only other account on the machine, it may be necessary to boot into safe mode in order to access the administrator account.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Hold down the "F8" key during Windows start-up and select "Safe Mode" in the boot menu. When Windows boots, the login screen will appear and the Administrator account will be visible. Select the "Administrator" account and enter the password to log in.

  2. 2

    Open the "Start" menu and click "Control Panel." A new window will appear. Double-click the "User Accounts" icon.

  3. 3

    Click on the user account that you want to restore administrator privileges to. In the next window select "Change Account Type."

  4. 4

    Select the "Computer administrator" option and click the "Change Account Type" button. The user account will then have administrative privileges.

  1. 1

    Hold down the "F8" key during Windows start-up and select "Safe Mode" in the boot menu. When Windows boots, the login screen will appear and the Administrator account will be visible. Select the "Administrator" account and enter the password to log in.

  2. 2

    Right-click on "My Computer" and select "Manage." This will open the Microsoft Management Console.

  3. 3

    Double-click "Local Users and Groups" in the left pane, then click "Users." The right pane will then show all user accounts that are on the computer. Double-click the account you wish to restore administrator rights to.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Members Of" tab. Click the "Add" button. In the "Enter the object names to select" box type "administrators." Click the "Check Names" button. If done correctly, you should see your computer name followed by "\Administrators." When you are done click "OK."

  5. 5

    Click the "Apply" button to apply the settings. The user account will now have administrative privileges.

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