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Administrative Privileges

  1. Feb 20, 2010 #1
    I have a machine with XP, and would like to install packages under my user account, but for this need administrative privileges. I have tried a couple of suggested ways of getting this, but each time I run into a problem.
    First I tried:
    Start>Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management. then:
    System Tools>Local Users and Groups>Users
    the problem is, that under "System Tools" I don't have "Local Users and Groups".

    Second, in the Administrator account I tried:
    (Right Click) My Computer
    (Click Manage)
    (expand) Local Users and Groups
    the problem here is that I again can't get "Local Users and Groups". Does anyone have an answer?

  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 24, 2010 #2
    It's an option under Control Panel >> User Accounts
  4. Feb 25, 2010 #3
    The administrator user account might be possibility disabled.

    You can enable it under groups and users section of system administration.

    I'm not running windows so I cant tell you the exact path.
  5. Mar 6, 2010 #4
    Thanks, it worked! This is what we all love about Microsoft. The instructions they give don't always match the actual system - - they keep changing - - apparently to make it exciting.


    I'm sorry it took me this long to get back. I sometimes disappear from the scene.
  6. Mar 16, 2010 #5
    Just to add, I think "local users and groups" is in XP pro, not the home edition, so you have to use Gregs option.
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