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Logging on as Administrator
Q: I had only one user account, which was the administrator. I decided to set up a separate user account for my daughter. Unfortunately, in doing so I have lost my original user account, with all of its settings for email, Internet security, etc. I suspect the user account may have been lost because I did not give it a name. Can you help me to recover that user account? I have tried system restore, but without success.
A: The Administrator account will still be there and so will all the data as you have not deleted that account. If there is a password for your daughter’s account then when this screen appears press Alt + Ctrl + Del and you will have the opportunity to log on as Administrator.
If Windows loads without asking for a password then click on Start, Logoff and then you can use the Alt + Ctrl + Del method for logging on as the Administrator. Note that you may have to press Alt + Ctrl + Del twice for this menu to appear.
DOS Printing problems
A: Unfortunately there is no real easy solution. Your Canon printer does not have a parallel port and DOS does not know anything about USB and therefore you cannot print. There were several programs that could capture a DOS data stream to a file but some do not work with XP.
I have tested a workaround that works with GWBasic and allows printing to a laser printer connected to a USB port. The method is to share your printer and then redirect the printer port output to that shared device.
After sharing your printer, open the DOS box and enter: net use lpt1: \\Server\Canon where Server is the name of your computer. Then you can print from GWBasic or other DOS applications. For regular use you can create a BAT file that redirects the printer output and then calls your application. Note that this method will not work if your printer is a GDI (Graphical Device Interface) printer as this uses software to do all the print processing rather than the printer’s hardware.
A more costly solution is to purchase a USB to parallel adaptor, but occasionally users have reported problems with these. An even more costly option is to purchase a new printer. The most costly option is to purchase specialised software that will capture any print stream and convert it to suitable output for your printer.