View Full Version : Win XP Pro Administrator Problem

17-05-2011, 08:23 AM
I have attempted twice to run install software for 2 new different USB modems on a friends PC. He is on Win XP Pro (clean).
The reason for USB is that his mobo has a PCI (all 4 slots) Problem.
Apart from that, all is working well. Nothing is inserted in the PCI slots.
Here is the Administrator prob:
He is logged in as the administrator but attempting to install the software
for the modems, we get as far as the setup which brings "newdev.dll " "you do not have administrator rights" and will not proceed to install the drivers and network configurations. I have gone through control panel ,wiped the
name and password and started again with and without a password but the
administator is not acknowledged when installing the CD software.
How the hell can I take control as the administrator ?

17-05-2011, 08:47 AM
run an antvirus/malware check?

17-05-2011, 09:14 AM
It is a clean system on a new HDD which has never been online

17-05-2011, 09:41 AM
Check this -- Start the PC in safe mode, log into the Admin account,then control panel/admin tools/computer management.

Click local users and groups. Click groups - click administrators, see if your user name is in the members group, if not click add. Then put your user name in the group.

Save everything, and reboot normally.

17-05-2011, 05:58 PM
Thanks wainui, Ill try it when I visit him later.
There is only 1 user account- John Administrator
shown in Control Panel-User Accounts. Tried
setting a password but right clicking an exe file-
then "run as administrator" brings up "Password

17-05-2011, 06:25 PM
In the Control Panel-User Accounts, there wont be showing the "real" Admin account. It comes available when starting in safe mode, or if you enable it, by default its hidden.

17-05-2011, 06:52 PM
Thanks mate, was unaware of that.
How long is this learning curve ?

17-05-2011, 08:45 PM
:lol: Theres an end to the learning curve ? :p

Put it this way, if you work on computers or like learning about them, it wont stop till the day you die :eek:

Thats of course unless a person is one of these know it all's that knows everything there is to know about computers - NO ONE in the world nows everything, if they think they do they need to get their hand off it :xmouth: (for guys) and think again, play with something else.

PS, now waiting for a mod to edit this post as to what I wrote :lol:

17-05-2011, 08:51 PM
Good reply. Well said.