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    Default Computer Admin question.

    My brother is immature and when he doesn't get his way he likes to blackmail me or do something that will cause me annoyance.

    This instance. he created an administration windows account, places a message on my computer that says

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    'Message from PLACE to WORKGROUP'
    'Remove the barbecue from my house'
    He left a doc in the recent document that opens up and says pretty much the same.

    And its in the windows task manager as a constant loop while he disabled and limited me using my computer to the basics, can't install or uninstall, check the calendar and other things I'm sure.

    What I'm wondering how can I change back the admin status and remove this so I can use windows without the admin restrictions short of reinstalling windows.

    Been busy with work and after a party I had I left the bbq at his place instead of taking it back to parents. While he drops by his parents all he needed to do was take the van and walla. He knows parent wants it back by Christmas anyway, he went and got it now. Yet didn't change my computer back.

    My brother likes controlling me, I remove him from fb and he takes no notice of it for 4 months and all of a sudden he's jealous and saying that I burn bridges. Well yeah you think, who likes being emotionally blackmailed all their lives, being used to do his stuff for him all the time and get even more stuff to do for him as reward if I help. And soon as I ask for something his hands are tied. A few good deeds doesn't cover a lifetime of misuse. I've just closed the door so he stops using me. Then he starts giving me presents, that didn't work then he blackmails me.

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    Download the ntpasswd bootdisk and reset his admin account's password so you can log into it. I haven't tested this, though.

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    Little Tyrant!!!

    How old is he?

    My older brother used to kick my ass when I bothered him, and it worked really well. I gave him space after a wallopping. :yim_rolling_on_the_
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    Quote Originally Posted by Factotum View Post
    Download the ntpasswd bootdisk and reset his admin account's password so you can log into it. I haven't tested this, though.
    Thanks for the idea. Say how do I password protect my computer so he can't log on and do this again.

    I backed up relevant data and reinstalled, seemed easier. My windows was starting to be buggy without my brother adding his crap onto it. Am good to go again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    Little Tyrant!!!

    How old is he?

    My older brother used to kick my ass when I bothered him, and it worked really well. I gave him space after a wallopping. :yim_rolling_on_the_
    Yeah he's been like that with me all the time, I'm a doormat and sick of being treated like shit.

    He's 35 and the same ass as always. He bought an xbox 360 and a wide screen at his place to get me to go round his place but I've been so busy and uninterested, his way of getting attention and when he loses the power he does stuff that isn't funny nor brotherly.

    Which means he's lonely and drops by to stir shit up and then he's happy. nvm his personal and social life are poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Synapse View Post
    Thanks for the idea. Say how do I password protect my computer so he can't log on and do this again.

    I backed up relevant data and reinstalled, seemed easier. My windows was starting to be buggy without my brother adding his crap onto it. Am good to go again.
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    Or you set a BIOS password, how to do that depends on the computer, though.

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    Thanks Factotum.
    I did that for the XP I installed and it was easy to do.
    Yes I might need to set a bios password, my brother is in IT as a computer specialist. I'm worried if he gets angry he'll do something to mess my computer up now he can't access my computer or he'll find a way to bypass the pass I put on now through bios if its possible. How do I make a bios password, is it as easy as the xp pass. Thanks for your help.

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    I put a password on my account too, but even if you have that, you also need to password protect Safe Mode or someone can get on via that route. Maybe that's what you guys meant by BIOS password, I'm not all that computer literate, just getting there . . . Just be sure to write down that password!

    Also, I got an anti-spyware program from Best Buy when going through a contentious divorce, Web Root Spy Sweeper. (Although, I understand there are free programs that are good.) People can get on your computer by sending you an attachment that downloads a program if you click on it. Also they can put a box between your keyboard and computer, get your passwords, so I used to check for a box periodically too. I was concerned about passwords and keylogging software. And I encrypted or password protected files from my attorney and other personal documents. My ex is a computer professional, but not with personal computers, with the really big ones.

    I don't know how far you want to go with this!

    I'm sorry about your family dynamics. It's very hard sometimes to decide how to handle controlling people in your life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Synapse View Post
    Thanks Factotum.
    I did that for the XP I installed and it was easy to do.
    Yes I might need to set a bios password, my brother is in IT as a computer specialist. I'm worried if he gets angry he'll do something to mess my computer up now he can't access my computer or he'll find a way to bypass the pass I put on now through bios if its possible. How do I make a bios password, is it as easy as the xp pass. Thanks for your help.
    a BIOS password is the best physical protection. The second the PC boots up it's gonna ask for the pass. Even before windows in other words.

    It's easy to do depending on the brand of BIOS/motherboard. Once you boot the PC a black screen and a bunch of white info pops up. It should say something like press "DEL" to enter setup, or F1, F2 anyone of those keys. Once you're in the BIOS menu you should find an option to set a BIOS pass, save and quit. good luck.

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    ^ I didn't know that you can change so many options in the bios, I changed the Bios pass. Will feel a lot more content now. Thanks Vince.

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