On Vista, I was having trouble installing or using certain online games and some other software. It seemed that although the account I was using was classified as an Admin account, some software still had file-access isues. Some how, I do not remember how, I created or found an account called Administrator. When I logged in using that account, and installed software using that account, all was well.
Trouble is I do not recall if I created that Account at some point, or it was already there. Now in Windows 7, a clean install, I am experiencing similar issues. Trouble accessing files installed on my Admin account (named Robert, created at Windows installation time). I just downloaded a piece of software, used its installer to install it..then had to go and edit a profile.xml file the software uses. When I went to save the file, windows would not overwrite the existing file. I had to manually change the access rights to that file, then was able to overwrite it. Tried again, to edit a .txt file in the same folder for another piece of software. The file was put there by the respective installer, but even as Admin account user Robert, I was not able to overwrite the file without modifying the privileges. How do I get to the real, or create a real Admin account?