Changed name of Administrator Account - now daily user - is that a problem?
Posted: 11-28-2008, 11:40 PM
Last weekend I was setting up our new computer (Intel E8600, Asus P5k,
4GB RAM etc) with Vista Home Premium (64-bit) SP1. I set up user
accounts for the family, installed a few programmes & updates,
transferred some files etc etc. I had some difficulty networking with my
Windows XP computer which got me exploring the new Vista set-up.
What I appear to have done is, instead of setting up a new account for
myself on Vista, I seem to have re-named the Administrator Account as
ďTomĒ. The logon screen has Tom as a user (no Administrator). When
logged in as Tom, if I save a file in Documents and then open Documents
using Orb > Documents it is there. However, if I open up Windows
Explorer > Users then there is both Administrator & Tom and the file is
in the Administrator > Documents and Tom > Documents is actually empty.
As another example, if I check the pathway to my e-mail folders they are
in Users > Administrator > AppDataÖ.
So I seem to be using the Administrator Account as my routine user
logon. My question is Ė is this a problem? Things seem to be working all
right Ė I even managed to access my User shared files (rather than just
the Public folders) on the Vista from the XP computer with user name
Administrator + my ďTomĒ password (pure guesswork)?! Seeing some of the
other posts about having to access the hidden Administrator account I
wonder whether it might be quite useful?
The other question is, if it is a problem, how do I change it? In
Control panel > Users > Tom it will not re-name to Administrator as that
account already exists, there is no option to Ďdelete userí (I guess
because it is the Administrator account?). If I go into the side-link
for advanced user configuration there is both the \Administrator\ and
the \Tom\ profile with a Ďdeleteí option Ė could I delete Tom & then
create a normal account allowing the Administrator to become hidden?
The only way I have seen on the forum to change the Administrator
account name back to Administrator is to do a restore Ė this would be a
pain as I would have to go back a week & start all over again (the kids
would be cross). I think my default is Ďif it ainít broke Ė donít fix
ití but I donít want to be heading for a catastrophe Ė and if I need to
do a restore I need to do it before the timepoint drops out of the
Thanks for your thoughts,