Safe Mode operations are for troubleshooting system errors and security threats. In Safe mode, the system will boot only the essential drivers and applications. Mostly, only administrative user will have permission to do the troubleshooting and other repairs. When starting the system in Safe mode in XP, the user can see an additional user account called Administrator. This user cannot be seen or logged into otherwise. Windows XP help says that this ensures that the system in not manipulated much and it will be a clean account with full access to all the administrative operations and commands.
Windows XP help team suggests keeping the administrator account protected from getting tampered. However, if the user wants to see the account and login using that account in Normal mode, that can be done. Without booting in Safe mode, the Administrator account can be accessed. The procedure for that is given by the Windows XP help team.
Instructions for accessing the Administrator account
- Turn the computer on, and allow it to boot to the Welcome Screen.
- If Windows XP is configured to log in automatically, click the Start button and then click Log Off.
- Windows XP displays the Log Off Windows dialog box.
- Click the yellow Log Off button if you used the Start menu to log out of Windows.
- Skip the above step if you started the computer and loaded the Welcome Screen.
- Press the Ctrl, Alt and Delete keys simultaneously.
- The Welcome Screen disappears and changes to a small window titled Log On to Windows.
- Type Administrator in the User namefield.
- Type the password for the Administrator account in the Password field.
- Press Enter or click OK to log into Windows using the Administrator account.
This will enable the users to access administrative account in normal mode. Note that Administrator password is one chosen when Windows is first installed on the computer. If you did not install Windows yourself or if you’re using a pirated version, leave the Password field blank.
Users are warned that restricting access to the Administrator account is best for the safety of the computer. The chances of viruses and spywares being installed through admin account are more than other accounts. Contact Microsoft for more details.