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Re: PostgreSQL installation problem on Windows XP Home

From: Reini Urban <rurban(at)x-ray(dot)at>
To: "Hagop H(dot)" <HagopH(at)hotpop(dot)com>
Cc: PGSQL-cygwin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: PostgreSQL installation problem on Windows XP Home
Date: 2005-03-06 12:27:10
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Please don't post to the cygwin list issues not related to cygwin.
You installed the native win32 version.

Installation problems should go to the general list only.

Hagop H. schrieb:
> I know that my problem is due to my carelessness and ignorance, but I 
> didn’t think that installing PostgreSQL would cause a state of affairs 
> not easily reversed. Please excuse the length of the following narrative.
> When installing PostgreSQL 8.0.1 on my laptop running Windows XP Home 
> (SP2), I let the installer create the postgres account and generate a 
> password. I didn’t write down the password. I figured that if the 
> installer was going to generate a random password, it would store it in 
> some configuration or log file and not ask me for it. I was wrong. 
> (Perhaps a warning for idiots like me would be appropriate in the MSI 
> installer file?) When I went to connect to the template1 database, 
> PGAdmin III asked me for the postgres account password, which I was 
> unable to provide.
> Normally this wouldn’t be a problem. I figured I’d just start up Control 
> Panel and change the postgres account password. Unfortunately, Windows 
> XP Home doesn’t provide any obvious tools to change a system account 
> password. I only know how to change user account passwords. Control 
> Panel’s User Accounts tool is useless for this problem.
> I uninstalled PostgreSQL, thinking that reinstalling it might help. I 
> tried removing the postgres account to no avail. My only indication that 
> the postgres account still exists is the Windows Services administration 
> utility. I know of no method to delete the account. Microsoft’s 
> Knowledge Base provided no help. Windows XP Professional contains a tool 
> called Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc) that allows the 
> administrator to change any account’s password. Windows XP Home cannot 
> run that program.
> When I reinstall PostgreSQL, I am asked for the postgres account 
> password. I know I could rename the postgres account name to postgres1 
> or something else, but I don’t know if that will create any further 
> issues for me. I could also upgrade the laptop’s OS to XP Pro in order 
> to change the postgres account password, but that feels like using a 
> sledgehammer to cut diamonds.
> I certainly bear most of the blame. It would be too easy to bash 
> Microsoft for this. I also wish that PostgreSQL’s installer did not 
> auto-generate passwords that cannot be changed. None of what I went 
> through was necessary.
> If someone could tell me either how to delete the postgres account or 
> change its password, I would appreciate the assistance.
> Regards,
> Hagop Hagopian

Reini Urban

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