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lost administrator PW, still have access with one other user account

Q: lost administrator PW, still have access with one other user account

after I started up my new Dell inspiron with Vista Premium 32bit , I set up an admin account for myself and two additional user accounts for my kids. While I was logged on one of the kids messed with the account info. Now I am locked out of the admin account, but am still able to log in to my kids account.
Is there any way to recover the admin account or create a new one without having the old info?

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A: lost administrator PW, still have access with one other user account

Hi Bayern, and welcome to Vista Forums.

This tutorial may be able to help you by resetting the password for that account. You may need to use Method Three.

Reset User Account Password

Hope this helps,

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A:Please help lost administrator user account folder

Quote: Originally Posted by mikenz88


I have been using my new Sony Vaio for months now - every time I restarted the System Out Of Box Experience was shown. This would not work properly and I kept cancelling it as I did not know what it did and stored all data in the administrator user folder - the user name was administrator.

Today I upgraded to Ultimate 64 from Home Premium 64 and the Out Of Box Experience was shown again after first booting up following the upgrade. This took me through a setup process and created a new user account.

Now I only have one new user account and cannot see any of the files from the original administrator account (i.e. all of my files). I cannot locate these but the Windows folder is about 45GB which seems big. I estimate my files were 15-25GB.

I desperately need to get these files back as I have formatted my old laptop and do not have up to date copies on my backup drive.

Any ideas where the files have ended up and how to recover them?

Two things when you upgraded you probably created a windows.old folder with all of your old data. Second you can enable the built in administrator account but that one is not the same as your other user. If your other user was administrator there may be a way to get it back.

So what was your user name?


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Help....I uninstalled the games that came with my computer and lost access to my administrator account. I had two accounts, one admin and one guest. Everytime I try to make changes, it requests my administrator password - but doesn't recognize it. Any suggestions?????

A:Lost access to my administrator account

Hello rtd, welcome to Seven Forums!

Are you the owner of the PC or is it someone elses'?

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Hello everyoneI am desperate here. I have done something really stupid and I fear I have locked myself out of some folders that I MUST have access to.Here is the situation. I often have people over that use my computer for various purposes. Wanting to control access to certain folders, I changed the security permissions on several folders containing private information to only "Administrators" and "SYSTEM". Then I password protected these folders. Thinking that if I were to CHANGE MY ACCOUNT TYPE to a "POWER USER" if I then wanted access to these folders, Windows would ask me for the password. Well I was wrong! Horribly so! I changed my account to a power user and now I cannot access these folders. Even more of a problem is the fact that the ADMINISTRATOR account is NOT ACTIVE!!I have tried EVERYTHING under the sun to activate the Administrator account, all with the same result: ACCESS DENIED!So right now I am pretty royally skrewed. There is literally no administator account on this computer, and I have no way of activating it.Here is what I've tried so far:- Activating Admin account through normal means (Local users and groups). Access Denied.- Running CMD as Administator and using the NET USER commands. Access Denied.- Running REGEDIT and trying to add keys to the HKLM WINLOGON directory. Access Denied.- Creating a new user and trying to add it to the Administrators group. Access Denied.Does anyone have ANY ideas out there that can help me get... Read more

A:Can't access Administrator account! Lost access to important folders!

If you have removed the last Administrator account on the computer, you should be able to boot into Safe Mode to access the Built-in Administrator account. Here's how.

Restart the computer.
As soon as the system starts to reboot, press and hold the F8 Key until you a black screen menu appear.
Select the Safe Mode option and press the ENTER Key.
When the login screen appears, you should see the Administrator account there.
This account does not have a password associated with it, by default.
Select this account and press ENTER.

When Vista starts in Safe Mode, go to Control Panel/User Accounts and change your account back to an Administrator account. Reboot normally.

Ronnie Vernon
Microsoft MVP
Windows Desktop Experience

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My 15 year old son was trying to bypass Cyberpatrol and in the process of tring to change his account from an adminstrator to a standard user I've made things worse. I changed the administrator account in his name to a standard user account but there was no other administrator account on the PC other then something called CYBERPATROL_SERVICE which is an administrative account istalled automatically by Cyberpatrol. This was the first mistake. Then he guessed the password to Cyberpatrol and attemped to uninstall it...it only 'half' uninstalled it, leaving a real mess of error messages and no access to let me change anything. I can now neither reinstall cyberpatrol or unistall it, nor can I see a way to log back in as an administrator to effect any changes to put things right. Three emails to cyberpatrol have elicited no response so I'm coming to the conclusion the onlu way out is to reinstall Windows 7 and find a different web filtering program- is there any way to log back in a an administrator? I didnt delete the admin account, only changed it to a standard type. Then If I can get back in as a administrator how can I get rid of the unwanted Cyberpatrol?
Thanks for any suggestions......

A:User account problem ; cannot access administrator

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My Son And I Share A Laptop Running Windows 7 Home Edition , Am The Administrator And He Is The Standard User But He Keeps Going In And Changing My Account To Standard User And His To Administrator , Can Someone Tell Me How He Is Doing It And How Can I Put A Stop To It

A:How can a standard user gain access to an administrator account?

My first guess would be that he knows your password, or have managed to install a keylogger program to find out what password you type. Check in Control Panel - Programs and Features if you see any newly installed program you don't recognize. And change your password. And do a full scan with your antivirus.

Some keyloggers won't show up in the list of installed programs so take a look here as well:
How to detect if a Keylogger is installed? - Microsoft Community

Some laptops have a finger scanner and come with software you can configure to use your finger instead of typing a password. Mine has this and I've set a long and difficult password so even if someone saw me typing it they wouldn't remember it. But with this feature I type this in only ONCE in the finger scanning software, and then I only use my finger. Works very well.

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I am using Windows 7 Pro 64x and apparently the default user account (Owner) that I use is not working correctly. Unless I have UAC set to Never Notify, I cannot open Control Panel or UAC again. I have created a second user account as Administrator and it works correctly.

I would like to know if there is any way to fix this problem short of a clean install of Windows. If not, is it possible to move all of my settings to the user account that works correctly and delete the one that does not.


A:Solved: Default User Account (Administrator) acts like Standard Account

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Hey, I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium on my HP Pavilion Slimline Desktop and I need help getting my Standard user account back to Administrator. I can't run certain programs and I also can't install and uninstall anything. I don't have the Windows 7 Installation Disk to do restore. I have already tried Safe Mode and I can't enable and built in admin either. Please help me! Thank you!

A:How can I put my Standard user account back to Administrator when the ASP.NET Machine account is admin?

How are you trying to change the type of account?I don't have the Windows 7 Installation Disk to do restoreDo you mean System Restore? If you are, you don't need the installation disk to do this.To use System Restore click on the start orb. In the search box type in System Restore. In the list of results click on System Restore, if you are prompted for an administrator password type it in.Follow the prompts to choose a restore point and restore your computer.

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Suddenly, the Windows 7 doesn't allow me to access my Admin Account and showing error msg (The User Profile Service service failed to Logon). I am left with only the Guest Account with limited access.
I tried copying the cmd.exe, using Fix It Program, login through Safe Mode but all didn't work.
Would anyone help pls?

A:The User Profile (Administrator Account) Service failed to logon and then left with only Guest Account in Windows 7


Occasionally, Windows might not read your user profile correctly, such as if your antivirus software is scanning your computer while you try to log on.
Please try restarting your computer and logging on with your user account again.

If the issue still persists, please restart in safe mode to log on with the built-in administrator account:
1. Restart your computer and hit F8 multiples times until you see a menu-like screen, if you see the Windows splash screen then repeat this step
2. Highlight and hit enter on Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Try logging in there.
3. If you are able to login, once a command prompt pops up, type: net user administrator password /active:yes (you can specify whatever password you want for the administrator
4. If you get a message saying "The command completed successfully", then restart your computer by typing: shutdown -r
5. Boot up again pressing F8, but this time choose just Safe Mode.
6. You will be able to login as Administrator with the password you set in Step 3.

Then try the following methods:
Method 1: Fix these user account profile on these computer

Method 2: Log on to Windows and copy your data to a new account
Method 3: Delete the error SID and create a new profile
For the detailed information, please refer to this article:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215Karen Hu
TechNet Community Support

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I have two accounts on my XP laptop. I have the Administrator account and a regular
User account. I had to do some administrative work with my User account so I logged
in as the Administrator, changed my User account to an Administrator account, went
and did my work.

I then logged back in as Administrator and tried to change my User account back to
a normal user account, but it wouldn't let me telling me that I have to have at least
1 Administrator account for me to be able to do this. I'm not sure why it's telling
me that because I still have my Administrator account.

I logged in as Administrator, then went into Control Panel, and then User Accounts.
Then I clicked on "Change An Account". Then I clicked on "User1". Then I clicked
on "Change My Account Type". But then on this page, the "Limited" radio button is
grayed out and I cannot change it, and above it, it says, "You must assign another
user on this computer with a computer administrator account before you can change
this user's account type. This ensures that there is always at least one user with
a computer administrator account on this computer."

Don't know why I'm getting this seeing as how I'm logged in as Administrator.

A:Problems Changing Administrator Account To Normal User Account?

Nevermind. I figured out how to fix it. Instead of going through Control Panel->User Accounts, I go to Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Computer Management, and I'm able to make the change through there. Not sure why one method works and the other doesn't, but it does!

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HELP!!! I've accidentally had Control Alt Delete on my Logon Screen. And from my laptop, I couldn't type it in with my keyboard, so I have to use Ease of Access and use the On-screen Keyboard. From there, it had a "Other User" Account which asks for a username and password, which I don't have because THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I've encountered an "Other User" Account.

I don't know how to retrieve my administrator account. I've been guessing several usernames and passwords for the "Other User" account (even my admin. username and password) but no luck.


Here's what my logon screen currently looks like:

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A:How do I disable Other User Account in Vista and retrieve Administrator account?

Hello, wow , i have never seen this before, here is an idea, couldn't hurt to try it : force a shutdown by pressing the power button, it will then shut down, Then restart it, it should go to the F8 screen automatically, see if you can enter into the restore or repair functions or last known working configuration. Just a thought. Post back results please.

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I am using Windows 7 Pro 64x and apparently the default user account (Owner) that I use is not working correctly. Unless I have UAC set to Never Notify, I cannot open Control Panel or UAC again. When I try, I get the error message listed below. I have created a second user account as Administrator and it works correctly.

I would like to know if there is any way to fix this problem short of a clean install of Windows. If not, is it possible to move all of my settings to the user account that works correctly and delete the one that does not.


A:Default User Account (Administrator) acts like Standard Account


Right click Computer and click manage. On the left hand side there will be local users and groups. Go to the Administrators group and just confirm that the Owner account is in there?

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I was having some trouble with a newly installed program failing to run. Their tech support had me create a new user account (start, control panel, user accounts, create new account). I did not realize that creating a new administrator user account by following their instructions would make the original Administrator user account inaccessible. I dug through folders and found my documents and made sure they were all on my expansion drive. Now, I want my account back. Otherwise, I have to set up my entire computer again. The thought of this makes me turn into a velociraptor who wants to destroy the tech support that told me to do this.

As of right now, I have not internet connection on my computer. I tried searching forums from my phone, but it was extremely difficult (not the best phone). If this topic already exists and I just could not find it, please accept my apologies for the duplicate and post a link. Thanks!

A:Created new user account, original Administrator account disappeared

I just remembered that I could CTL ALT DELETE twice at the Welcome screen to get to the logon and type in Administrator. I haven't used it in years, so it did not occur to me. I am now in my administrator user account. If I delete the new user account, will it go back to the way it was before? Or will I screw something else up by doing that?

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My Windows7 suddenly displayed a default desktop. I then did an unsuccessful system restore, tried the undo and got stuck.

From there on, when I want to log in I end up at the error message "The user profile service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded".

I tried to activate the administrator account by using "net user administrator /active:yes". The command executes, but administrator never shows up on the login screen.

I cannot start Windows 7 in safe mode. A few seconds after the safe mode login screen appears the computer restarts automatically. No administrator account is listed here either.

I tried kb/947215, but only S-1-5-18, 19 and 20 show up (regedit from the command prompt, since I cannot log into Windows 7 in any mode.

The startup repair doesn't find a fault. What now? I want to avoid a clean install, if at all possible...

A:User account corrupted, administrator account not accessible

You could try a Repair Install: Repair Install

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Since this a security forum, I thought it would be nice to see how many of our members bother creating a Standard User Account or simply use the default Admin User Account.

Anyone is free to explain their own reasoning for choosing a type of account if he/she wants to.

Currently I use a Standard User Account. Decided to try one a few days ago, and so far I like it. I don't find it that much annoying or bothersome(so far)

A:Administrator Account vs Standard/Limited User Account

I do beta and malware testing, so a SUA\LUA doesn't make much sense for me; for what I do - processes need elevated privileges on a frequent basis - making a SUA\LUA impractical.

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I'm running Win 7 Pro x64 and Office 2007. I installed a Bluetooth transceiver recently and developed a problem when replying to email in Outlook 2007. When I select an email to reply, the email editor pops up with a "Custom UI Runtime Error in Send to Bluetooth." The solution to this issue is to disable the COM Add-In "Send to Bluetooth" in one of the other Office applications such as Word.

However, when I attempt to uncheck the "Send to Bluetooth" option, I get an indication from a pop-up warning box that "This add-in is installed for all users on this computer, and can only be connected or disconnected by an administrator.

I am the only user on this computer and my user account is an administrator account. I have the system to start to the desktop without any intermediate log-ins or any intermediate screens.

How do I let Word know that I am an administrator so I can disable the COM Add-In and stop the offending pop-up every time I reply to an email?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.


A:User Administrator Account won't allow Administrator Privilages

You could try right clicking the program and choose run as administrator. Then try to disable the addon.
Although with Microsoft software it usually is smart enough to prompt you with uac when you need to change something like that.


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dont know user account control password AND no administrator user so i cant download/install anything, cant update, and i cant change any settings someone please help PLUS i just got this computer iv read some other entrys where people had the same problem as me they said to do a system reboot in safemode but i dont know how. can someone help me? thank you

A:dont know user account control password and no administrator user

after the bios loads but before windows start to load hit f8 and you get your windows boot options.

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Cousin has an old Toshiba he bought pre loaded with W7 Home Premium. He was running it as he got it and I had him add a standard user account for general use and a quasi-administator account for working. He has been running that way for a while. Today I needed him to look in the C:\ Users account and it shows the quasi-Administrator, his standard user and a Administrator.
Is it hard to get rid of the Administrator account, that isn't showing up in User's Accounts from the control panel.
Thanks for any help!

A:No Administrator shown in User Account, but shows in C:\User ?

Hello Glenn,

The "C:\Users\Administrator" user profile folder is for the built-in elevated "Administrator" account. It's only created the first time that the built-in Administrator account has been enabled and logged in to.

When the built-in "Administrator" account is disabled, it will no longer be displayed in "User Accounts" (Control Panel) or the log on screen. However, it's user profile folder will still be there since it contains that account's personal settings and such.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

Is this what you are referring to?

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hello ever one,
i am mahesh,
accidentally i disabled administrator account in local users and groups-users-properties of administrator account-put tick in ACCOUNT DISABLED.I have on guest account.now i am accessing that one.but i can't able to login in ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT.any body help me how to enable administrator account from guest account by command mode or registry.I know administrator account password.

If any body known plz give me best suggestion.

Thank u.

A:how to enabel administrator account in user account

Hi Mahesh,

Which version of XP, home edition, professional or media centre? I think the procedure depends on this.

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My mom is running xp.
She had 2 accounts, one called administrator, the other called guest.

I created a new account for myself to day, made it an admin account and now the one she was using, called administrator will not let us access it. All of her files and stuff are in that account.

When we start up the computer, it only shows mine and the guest account.
HELP please!
How can I re-access it? VERY VERY important I be able to recover this for her.
Thanks for your help!

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how can i fix my asus k553m windows 8 that once it starts up and the asus logo appears it displays a message saying preparing for automatic repair and will only boot straight to the choose an option menu which i've tried everything but it says there aren't
any administrator accounts on this PC it dosnt even appear under the user option on the easy flash utility menu everything is a dead end i have no access to anything tried every boot options in bios nothing the one thing i did notice on bios on the OS selection
menu that seemed odd was that instead of saying windows 8 it says windows 8.x also in the easy flash utility menu there are a few unknown weird files that i believe may be corrupted they have weird symbols and stuff and when i tried opening them the laptop
would freeze and a whole bunch of question marks pop up everywhere tried using my hot keys to access command prompt resetting it booting into safe mode nothing i dont know what else to do please help

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I just realized that I am unable to access my other users accounts (which are limited) desktops. I use documents and settings folder to get there, but I get this error:

"C:\Documents and Setting\Natalie and Dave\Desktop

Access is denied."

I can access the other limited account, but just not "Natalie and Dave's" desktop. I don't know why either, I am the only administrator account and I am able to access one of two limited accounts desktop.

Is there anything I can do, besides removing the account? Thanks!

A:Administrator account unable to access limited account's desktop?

You can try taking ownership if you're really an administrator.
I don't know what effect that will have when Natalie and Dave try to log in though (if they'll have permission to access their own Desktop that is).
The other possibility is corruption in the file system. If that's the case, run chkdsk /f from the command line (click start, (all) programs, accessories, command prompt, and type chkdsk /f press y and then reboot). When it reboots it will run the disk check, then reboot again. You can see the results of the chkdsk in your event viewer. (control panel (classic view), administrative tools, event viewer, application log, and look for events named winlogon).

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Yesterday I created a new account on our computer. For some reason the administrator account was deleted and we cannot access the favorites or desktop. When I try I get access denied. is there anyway to retrieve these files?

Additionally why did this happen?

A:Lost administrator account

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A software problem (Norton)led to the software rep. to advise me to download their software by creating a new account.
I did so,this being the first time I had done so and used the net.passport icon to create a new administrative account,probably by mistake.The previous administrative account was made into a limited account.When I restarted my computer only the limited account was available;the administrative account had disappeared completely.There was now no option given to create a new account of any sort either.How can my administrative account be retrieved?
Thanks,David B.

A:Lost log-on Administrator Account in XP

well i can fix one of your problems and thats get rid of norton. it has caused more people more problems. as far as the other one someone should be able to help. ive never had that happen so cant advise.

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My soníslaptop (Windows 7 Home) had the Ransom Trojan. The Trojan is gone but he also deleted access to Administrator whentrying to get rid of the ransom screen. He only has access to Guest and cannotcreate another administrator account.

I havetried:

1. Trying to show the hidden administratoraccount in safe mode but it says access denied.

2. Adding a user at the command promptbut I get access denied.

3. Using the backup CD but I get anerror message.

Would anupgrade to Windows 8 work?

Anyideas? Thanks

A:Lost Administrator Account

My suggestion is to reinstall--or recovery or restore to factory defaults--Windows 7.

Or, as you ask, you could buy and install Windows 8 assuming it is compatible with the PC and software that's used.

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I have the administrator account disabled in Windows 8.
Now I get no rights.
How to re-enable it?

A:Lost my administrator account

Hello Lacobo, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You might see if you may be able to do OPTION TWO in the tutorial below to enable the built-in Administrator account at boot, sign in to it, then enable the other admistrator account that you disabled.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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ok so a few weeks ago when my internet broke my dad tried being a clever clogs and giving it a go at fixing it, so he went onto my computer and created a new administrator account, however whilst doing that he made my account a limited one. now the problem is that that new account isn't anywhere to be seen at all. i need a way to try fix this problem without an xp disk.. ive already tried ctrl alt delete at start screen and typed the admin name their but nothing happened... if anyone can help ill really appreciate it, ive tried searching the internet but its proving useless for me. I have tried running windows in safe mode and tried the admin account their but before i got this account it was my mates, now when i tried logging into the account i kept getting the invalid password error, so i invited my friend round but he couldn't remember the password either.. basically i need a way to turn a limited account into an administrator without the use of an admin account.. also i only have the internet on the other computer and not mine which is the one that is nackered basically.. if anyone can help me resolve this problem it'll be much appreciated. Thanks

A:Lost Administrator account

Hello 19Reaper90

If you are at the Welcome screen and want to log on with the Administrator account, but it?s not listed, Press CTRL+ALT+DEL twice( Hold CTRL+ALT and press DEL twice) to bring up the Windows 2000 logon window, which then allows you to log on as Administrator.

Try pressing ENTER for the password

For XP Home you have to do this in Safe Mode


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Through an error i made when deleting a password, i have lost the ability to make any changes on my computer as i am logged in as a user because it is the only account my software will let me sign in to. i have found a lot of help on forums and from microsoft but none work because my software will not allow me to make any changes. Since i bought the software on line, i donot have any disks or thumbdrives. when i download the Windows Media Creation Tool, my computer will not allow me to run it. am i missing something or am i just screwed. HELP!!!!!!

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I recently installed Windows 7. During installation, there will automatically be a user with administrative privileges. After completing, i created another "Standard User" as I wanted to limit other users for accessing all things. Then i opened the Built in Administrator account (net user administrator /active:yes). I deleted the account that i had created during installation of windows. Then I disabled the original administrator account (net user administrator /active:no)

Now i only have Standard user account. whenever I try to open anything 'as an administrator', there will be a prompt in dimmed screen, asking for administrator password and click to yes; but there is not any place to enter the password.

How can I fix it? Please Help

Thanks in advance!

A:Administrator Account Lost!!!

Hello Sushil, and welcome to Seven Forums.

As you found out the hard way, you are required to have an administrator account for a standard user to be able to enter the administrator's password in a UAC prompt.

You might see if you may be able to use the tutorial below to enable the built-in Administrator account at boot, and create another password protected administrator account.

Built-in Administrator - Enable from WinRE

Hope this helps,

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Hello. I have Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit.

Upon restarting after attempting to change my SID [I KNOW. STUPID MOVE ON MY PART], I cannot access my old (Admin) account on my PC.
Is there ANY way to recover from this? I mean there has to be some kind of solution to getting the account back considering my hard drive is still filled with all of the data stored on the user account & I can still see the folder on my guest account, just can't access it.

PLEASE help. I've tried so many things that just don't work.
ALSO: When I try getting into Safe Mode, it gives me some sort of error like, "Windows could not connect to the SEN service. Please contact your system administrator."

A:Administrator Account Lost?

Originally Posted by Percolate

Hello. I have Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit.

Upon restarting after attempting to change my SID [I KNOW. STUPID MOVE ON MY PART], I cannot access my old (Admin) account on my PC.
Is there ANY way to recover from this? I mean there has to be some kind of solution to getting the account back considering my hard drive is still filled with all of the data stored on the user account & I can still see the folder on my guest account, just can't access it.

PLEASE help. I've tried so many things that just don't work.
ALSO: When I try getting into Safe Mode, it gives me some sort of error like, "Windows could not connect to the SEN service. Please contact your system administrator."

You can restore the account by using System Restore to restore to a point BEFORE you deleted the account.


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Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 - I MESSED UP! This was not a virus. I am a volunteer "semi-tech" at a charitable outreach. (The outreach is open to youth and various groups some evenings, too.) This computer is used with dual monitors, the 2nd being a projector for powerpoints and videos. Problem is that some of the volunteers or those they are serving keep getting on here and downloading junk, including trojans that I have to come clean up. We can't risk this continuing; so, they asked me to set this PC up the same way I did those in the office - with an administrator password and everyone else using a linmited account that is not password protected.

Had so many calls about Conficker and people coming in while I was working on this that when I set up the password - I accidently clicked "yes" when it asked if I wanted the administrator's documents and files to be private. So, now other users cannot access the songs, videos and shortcuts need for their presentation. Even after I removed the password, it still did not "share" or allow me an option to change that setting. I searched for how to undo or manually change it back (not private), but could not find a solution.

So, I created a new user account "New Administrator" with administrator user type, so I could then change the old "Administrator" to a limited user to give me more options to share via the new administrator account. I thought I had done this be... Read more

A:Lost Administrator Account

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I want to run a program or utility that I have for XP. The only problem though is that I have to be logged in as the name "Administrator", not just administrative priviledges. So I went into my Control Panel and looked at the users listed, there was none by the name Administrator. So I proceeded to add a new user with that name, except when I did, I got an error stating something like "User with this name already exists." I wasn't sure why that was, so I went to my Documents & Settings folder and there wasn't any Administrator folder under there. So now I went to my account which I am currently using, and tried changing my name to Administrator to see if that would work, and it didn't, it came up with the same error again. I've been trying to figure this out all night lastnight and all morning today, but haven't been able to resolve it. Except I did find one thing which may be causing it. I went onto my network, and found that on the other computer that's connected to my network (and only other one), that there is an Administrator folder under the Documents & Settings folder. I was wondering if that account could be causing this conflict. And if so, how can I fix so that I can have the "Administrator" account on my computer since I am the administrator of the network??? Any assistance and help would be greatly appreciated

A:Administrator User Account

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Have just got a new PC with Windows XP Pro. Spent all day setting it up and when I booted up this morning it was to a new screen etc. Discovered it booted as Administrator while all my settings etc are on a User account. Not sure how this happened - was it something I did and does it matter? I suppose I can set it to boot to User.

Have searched the archives and there is one showing how to change the accounts - should I do this or just leave things as they are? It is a single user computer


A:Administrator/User account

thats easy.If you created 2 acounts by accident. Go to my computer click on controll panel go to user accounts there you can pick to either change a acount add acount change the way a user logs on or off.Hope that helps

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I set up a new machine for a friend who is not at all technical. So as simply as possible for her: crucially, I didn't use any password during setup. Then ran Classic Shell to bypass hideous Metro interface. Installed various programs. All working okay.
But on trying to use photo apps already on the machine, was startled to get message that I had to stop being an Administrator and open a User account! I did that. But then could not get back into an Administrator account! All my installed programs and settings and files are now lost to my low-tech friend - who is getting on an international flight with the computer in 30 hours time!
Also I cannot even reinstall the op system as it came installed, without disks (an HP Compaq CQ45-805TU)
I have done a quick check here on tutorials and others' troubles, but find nothing very close.
All my attempts end at a demand for an Administrator password. And I need a fast solution because of that flight, or she may never speak to me again!

A:Administrator account mysteriously lost

You don't have to be a restricted user to use modern apps. The condition is you can't be a built-in Administrator.

Unfortunately, your problem description is useless for troubleshooting, so I have more questions than answers...
Have you set up your friend's PC for use with the built-in account named Administrator? If so, you must have another administrative account with which you logged on the first time.Is the "User" account restricted or is this an administrator account?Have you created a recovery CD or USB-flash?What exactly do you mean by "could not get back into an Administrator account"? What prevents you specifically?Post the results of the net user command.

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I am attempting to bypass or override my forgotten administrator password in order to reset the same.

A:I lost the password to the administrator's account and can o...

Hi, If you normally access the Admin account with an email and password, see if you can reset the password via another PC from the Microsoft page on the following link.  https://account.live.com/password/reset Otherwise, there is a general policy on the Forum not to provide methods to bypass Windows log-on passwords, however a local computer shop would be able to do this for you. Another option, if all your personal data etc is backed-up, would be to reset the notebook to its 'Factory Condition' and then set it up from the beginning ? if you don?t have your Recovery Media, the notebook will have shipped with a Recovery Partition which can be accessed at boot - ie shutdown the notebook, then start tapping away at f11 as soon as you power on. A full guide on this can be found on the following link. http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c00006110#!&AbT1%3Fjumpid=hpr_r1002_usen_link1 Regards, DP-K

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EDIT - Found all my data but the user account is still gone.
When I boot up in safe mode the account is there but not in normal mode.
Theres probably an easy fix or solution to this but I'm not seein it

A:Administrator Account Gone, data lost?

Are you running Windows Vista? The "Administrator" (default admin) account can only be used in Safe Mode on Vista. If you are running a differnt OS try going to Start -> Control Panel -> Classic View -> Administrative Tools -> Computer manager -> Local Groups and Users -> Users -> Administrator -> properties -> (make sure the account isn't disabled (there is a tick box to toggle enabled/disabled)). Hope that works.

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the "run as administrator" option? If you're the administrator, aren't all programs "run as administrator" by default?

The reason I ask is that I'm trying to delete something via Spybot, and a message appeared on the screen saying I need to run the program as an adminstrator in order to perform the deletion.

A:If my user account is the administrator account, why the need for...

By default, an administrator account behaves in exactly the same way and with the same privileges as a standard account. Some programs, however, need to be run at a higher privilege level, even when run from an administrator account. In these cases, you need to right-click and select Run as administrator. Depending on the account you are currently using, you will be asked to provide administrative credentials (from a standard account) or confirm that you want to elevate (from within an administrative account).

This is part of the improved security in Windows 7, and is designed to make it harder for malware to get on your system. Of course, it isn't infallible, so you must always keep alert.

This is controlled by means of tokens, and a standard account has just one whereas an administrator account has two, a standard token and an administrative token. In normal use, both types of account use the token with standard privileges. When you right-click and select Run as administrator (see above), you are instructing the program (and that program only) to use the administrator token and to run with full administrative privileges.

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I just found out about the hidden Administrator account in 7, herp derp. I hate UAC prompts and I want to use the account. How can I migrate everything from my old user account to Administrator while not breaking any program dependencies or anything like that?

A:Migrating User Account to Administrator

You might want to read this article, but it doesn't sound particularly easy: Configuring Default User Settings

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Cannot find a path in my Win 7 Professional 32 bit User Management files to remove a second User Administrator unused account.
I need to find the forum where this has been answered.?

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My Windows 7 SP1 PC was running very slow so I tried running a Mcafee scan. Got error: "McAfee proxy service failed to start due to error: Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file."
Went back to a restore point from a few weeks earlier. After that, whenever I booted the PC it kept booting to a temporary profile. Went to safe mode, uninstalled Mcafee and installed Avast (wasn't going to renew Mcafee anyway). The when booted PC I got the square to "choose account" and whenever I chose my "Roger" account I was immediately logged off.
Back in Safe mode I created another administrator account named "Sue." I can now successfully use the "Sue" account to access all of the files owned by "Roger" and I appear to not be having any problem using "Sue."
BOTTOM LINE QUESTION: Can I continue using the "Sue" account and not bother fixing the "Roger" account? That is what I would like to do. I don't like messing with the registry.

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I somehow have managed to delete the administrator user account on my wife's computer. There still exists a limited user account. How can I create an administrator account again?

A:Deleted Administrator User Account

Hey Ocra Jones, Welcome to TSF.

I'm not sure it's possible to delete an admin account (if it's the only admin account). XP usually insist's on having atleast one Admin account at all times.

You might be able to create another admin account by booting into safe mode and logging into the hidden admin account and creating another one that way.

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By mistake, I have deleted the administrator user account from my Dell notebook (I am running XP Pro). All that is left in the user profile section of my user accounts section of my control panel is one guest account.

I cannot even gain enough authorization to do a system restore or defrag.

I backed up all my data and attempted to reload Windows XP to fix this, but the computer would not let me do this because I do not have administrator privileges.

How should I proceed?

A:I deleted the administrator user account

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"administrator user - Is an unelevated administrator account that is created by default during the installation of Windows 7, or is already setup or you on a OEM (ex: Dell) computer. An administrator account has complete access to the computer, and can make any desired changes. To help make the computer more secure, this administrator account type will be prompted by UAC by default to give confirmation before allowed to make any changes that require elevated administrator rights. Such as those that affect the system, other users, or when running anything elevated (Run as Administrator) since running elevated will allow it to have access to the entire computer".

The above was taken from a Forums tutorial. Is it possible to require a password for this account when operating in the standard User Account ?

For example, when I update the Windows Defender definitions, I right click the file and click "Run As Administrator". It does so without requiring a password.

When "Run As Administrator" is clicked, I would like to have to enter a password.
Possible or not ?

A:Password For The User-Administrator Account

Add a password to your administrator account.

A Standard user will be prompted for the password for "Run as administrator".
You will also need to enter the password to login to the administrator account.

Don't lose or forget the password !

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I am currently unable to delete my old Administrator user account on my Win 7 PC. I log onto my new Admin account and go to the Control Panel and then to add or remove user accounts. I select the old account select delete, and then confirm. It does not let me do this. However, oddly there is no error message, it just sends me back to the page I was on previously and the account is still there. I also cannot demote it to a standard user account.

All help welcome, thanks in advanced.


A:Cannot delete Administrator User account

you can't remove the administrator acc.

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i need to get into the administrator account on this laptop.

i barely know any information about this computer.
i am on a limited account.

it is a dell inspiron 1100.
& i am using windows xp pro.

obviously, i need to get the password for the administrator account.

i would really apprececiate some help on this matter.
please & thanks.

A:I need into my administrator user account but don't have the password.

Ask the administrator.

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After changing one of three users to add in parental controls i cannot now change any of the accounts to 'administartor' from 'standard'. This means i cannot change the parental controls back after a period of 'e-grounding'!! Any ideas?

From Newbie to forum, confused and in daughters dog-house.

A:user account problem with administrator

Hi David and welcome to Vista Forums.

If you do not have any administrator accounts to use to change an account type, then boot into Safe Mode and see if you can change the account type from within there. You should startup in the built-in Administrator account while in Safe Mode if you do not have any regular administrator accounts. You could also just create another administrator account to use instead.

For Safe Mode:
Safe Mode

For Account Types:
User Account Type

Hope this helps,

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