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Old 05-31-2007, 04:30 AM   #1
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Default Windows 2000: Deleting the original admin

I recently obtained a new computer. However, it had spyware, trojans, a bunch of other nasty shit. Since I'm paranoid and don't like having old files hanging around, I create a new administrator account after removing the bad stuff. However, it won't let me delete the old administrator account.

I want to delete the original administrator account.
How do I do this?
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Old 05-31-2007, 04:50 AM   #2
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Default Re: Windows 2000: Deleting the original admin

Have a look here go Start>>Run type control userpasswords2 click OK

See what users are there and see if you can remove the account.
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:09 AM   #3
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Well, that's the problem. I've tried deleting it. I tried toying with its properties, which is why "users" is part of the original admin's attributes. Maybe I forgot to mention that. I have tried to delete it, but it won't let me delete the original admin account. I don't know why.



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I don't think Windows 2000 supports removing the admin account
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Default Re: Windows 2000: Deleting the original admin

Have a look here, its a bit of hassle but can be done. I havent personally tried it tho so use at your own risk.
http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2004/7/4/7570/05276
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:11 PM   #6
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Well, if it doesn't work, then I'll just use Linux. But I'm sure most of you understand the importance of destroying an administrator account that was recently under control of viruses and trojans: It's just not a good idea to let it live after that; it might turn on ya.
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Default Re: Windows 2000: Deleting the original admin

if i were you id format. thats the best way
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:26 PM   #8
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if i ever get a computer that wasnt mine i format first thing as this can assure most viruses are destroyed and all the preivious owners stuff is also rid off
cos even after deleteing the user account some virus infected files could still be on the hd
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