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Administrator login password not accepted by user account

Question: Administrator login password not accepted by user account

My administrator password is not accepted when prompted for administrator password in user accounts. Why is this

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Answer: Administrator login password not accepted by user account

Password help is against the forum rules> Rules

Other then saying if you have never entered one to leave it blank that's all we can do.

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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

Answer: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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I am attempting to get my built in Administrator user account to show up on the login screen.

When I look at the properties, I do not see anywhere where I can assign a password to it. Nor, am I able to activate it to appear on the login screen. (Perhaps there is a different way altogether to login to it?)

The user account that I am using has administrator priviledges and shows up in the Administrators group along with Administrator. So, I think it should be the same thing as using the actual Administrator account.

However, when I try to grant permissions for users on another computer on the LAN, the Local Area Connection Properties box does not open up the "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.

And that is where I am stuck. I have no idea as to how to get into item and am wondering if I need to login to the Actual Administrator user account.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Answer:Make user account Administrator appear on login screen

You can add Administrator to the Welcome screen using regedit. You would open regedit then navigate to this registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>Software>Microsoft>WindowsNT>Current Version>Winlogon>>Special Accounts>User Lists.

Create a new DWORD value and name it “Administrator“ (without the quotes). Then modify the DWORD value making it '''1".

Administrator will show on the Welcome screen after a reboot.

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Hi.. I have windows 7 in my laptop but I forget for administrator password, I'm only remember a guest password. so I have problem to update many program like a adobe flash, yahoo messenger, etc..
and If I try to updated or install a adobeflash(etc) its looking for administrator password.
Help me please..

Answer:how do i login administrator account if forget the password


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I have a laptop running Windows 7 where I have an administrator account and a user account set up (not the Windows 7 guest account). When someone logs onUo the User account there are two *.exe files which do not run without requesting administrator passwords to run. How do I set these files to run without administrator passwords in the User account? They are not harmful applications and are related to the battery management on the laptop.


Answer:Administrator Password In User Account

Here is a link. Not sure if will help, but helped me.
Add Take Ownership Option Shortcut in Right Click Menu of Windows 7
Go down to the link that says download "take ownership"

Unzip the file, using WinRar.

While in said user account, go to the files you unzipped, double-click the "install Take ownership.reg"

It will install a right-click option in the context menu that allows you to take ownership of a given file or folder.

BE ADVISED: maybe make duplicates of the .exe files in question in case it doesn't work. Or you can re-download them again I guess.

If it works and you are done and happy, you can double-click the "removeTakeownership.reg" and it will remove the entry from your registry as well as the option in the right-click context menu.

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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 ?

Answer: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 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.

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

Ask the administrator.

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Does using User Account passwords on Vista make it more secure? It sure is annoying to have to enter it all the time!

We have two logins on our computer both setup as Admin, and I read on here or another geek board that passwords should be used on Admin accounts. Is this true or does it not make a big deal since our firewall is pretty good.

Answer:Vista User Administrator Account Password

Yes, its always a good idea, malware and viruses can easily by pass a firewall if you browse to dodgy side by accident and they can get control of your computer. I would also recommend keeping UAC on to ensure further security.

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OKay, so i just got vista and my cousin et up the accounts and my sister is the administrator. I wanted to download something from the web but i needed administrative permisisons, and seeing that my sister can be a total [email protected]#^% sometimes she won't let me change me to the administrator for awhiel whiel id ownload the thing. I tried to figure out her password but no luck. I searched the web trying to see if there was a way around it, but nothing helped. Can anybody tell me if if can do something here?

Answer:USer account password/administrator permissions

I would suggest you speak to the administrator - your sister.

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I installed Windows 8.1. I can sign on without using an administrator password. However, to open documents I get the User Account Control asking me to enter an administrator password. I didn't get this with Windows 7. For instance, when I go to Windows Update and I want to right click on optional downloads to hide the update, I get the User Account Control box asking for the password. Is there any way to delete or disable the Administrator Password function in Windows 8? Thanks in advance.

Answer:User Account Control and Administrator Password

What account are you using what type is it?

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ive enabled an admin account and set a password to it and after that i disabled it using a command prompt. after disabling it the admin account, the account was still active and the password changed. and now i dont have access to the admin. i have another account but it doesnt have administrator privileges. is there an easy way to reset admin account pass using the other account which doesnt have admin privileges?

Answer:How to reset administrator password using a user account

You can't set a admin account password from a non-admin account

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I never created an administrator account before I let my son take over my laptop, screw with the administrative accounts so I don't have one, and now I can't download software for my camera.

Now that I've been locked out of administrator accounts, how do I accomplish the installation and further more, how can I get my admin account back and thus regain control over my own machine?

Thank you!

Answer:changing user name and password on administrator account

We can't help you with this because we have no way to verify that you actually own this computer.

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Is there a solution if a user changed the password on administrator, and then forgot it, and does NOT have another account on the PC with administrator access?

Just curious, someone asked me about this. Luckily I remembered what they had set the admin password to, so I could help them (this time) but curious for future application.

Answer:What to do if user forgot their administrator account password

I vaugly recall somebody mentioning that the windows 2000 startup discs, will allow you to launch into recovery mode with admin privs and you can reset the password from there.

I haven't tried it, and the guy that mentioned it to me, no longer works here.

maybe that will jog someone elses memory at least....


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I can not find any access to password for the Administrator user account. I have tried many options but that one is never listed. I am the administrator and there are no other accounts.

Answer:How do I change the administrator user account password in Windows 10?

If you're the administrator, and there are no other accounts, try the below steps.
Settings -> Accounts -> Sign-in options -> Change your password
That should do it. Does that do it?

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Somehow I have forgotten my password for my user account. Honestly I don't remember ever making one but nowadays I tend to forget plenty. For those wondering how I could have forgotten the password I haven't used my computer in almost 6 months.

I've tried everything I can think of. I've tried every password I've ever used and to no avail.

Then I used ctrl alt del to go into the other login screen and to login as administrator but that didn't work either. I tried "administrator" with no password, then "administrator" with "admin" as password, then "administrator" with passwords I frequently use. Nothing. Computer says check user name/domain/password.

Iam wondering: when I go into this login screen the "user name" window is already filled in with "photekxl," a handle that I frequently use (as you see here). If the window is already filled in does that mean I definitely have an account with that name, even though I don't remember the password?

Also tried "guest" with no pass and it says my guest account has been removed and to "contact the system administrator." Funny.

Please tell me there is a way to get into my files as a guest or something without having to login somewhere? Boot from a CD? Hack into it somehow? I have lots of school and work related files that I simply can't lose so reinstalling is not an option unless it's the only one. PLEASE HELP!!! Appreciate the responses.

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Answer:XP user account login: forgot password!!!!! PLEASE HELP!

i have o idea, but if you get another hdd and set your old one as your secondry and the new one as the primary and install windows toone the new hdd u should be able to access our old hdd and recover the files.

ill try of think of another way

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on a new Thinkpad Edge, I used the automatic setup, entering an administrator password. After a restart, the computer would not recognize the administrator. logging on as guest works. How do I reset the administrator ID and password?

Answer:after new startup, administrator ID or password is not accepted

i guess you will have to create a password reset disc in the windows (as a guest) . . . insert a new disk and go to start manu and type "password forgot"  an option of "create a password reset disc" will show up which will need to click . . . what happens next is open to debate since i myself have never tried that thing . . .  seems worth exploring though

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When I am logged on as a standard user, if i try to install or run anything (such as a diagnostic tool from Microsoft) or even if I try to run a Disk Cleaner, it asks for an administrator password, and it brings up the administrator account name, but it will not accept the administrator password! It says it's a bad user name or password. I even tried changing the standard account I was using into an administrator account, and they both come up as choices, so it looks like I could enter the password to either one, but NEITHER password is recognized or accepted!

Answer:windows 7 administrator password not accepted

well if you forgot the admin account, it might be an idea to ask whoever setup the machine for you.or you can save your files and do a system restore, and then your machine will be as it was the day it was bought, you can then put back your files and its all sorted..i hate computers!but cant help myself....

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my HP laptop/ touchscreen  was working fine till yesterdqy when i turned ON today it shows black screen with blue box that says administrators password or on power password text asking to enter password i never set BIOS password, with 3 wrong password it shows system disabled no: 729574151 serial no: 5CG53395T88 product no: M7F63UA#ABL thanks please help!!!!!!

Answer:Accepted Solution Laptop Enter Your Administrator Password o...

Hello honey-badger, Welcome to FORUM !!  The Halt Code should be of 8 Characters, yours is 9 - 729574151 Please check again and post back !!  Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee

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I put my laptop to sleep and when logged in again my password is not accepted. I have not changed it and I know it is correct. I have a toshiba laptop running vista with norton as security. I recently download some files for a free visual studio express edition but did not open any of the files.

Seems like I will have to start all over again with installing the operating system but would like to know how this could possibly have happened.



Answer:password not accepted at login but is correct

Hi Tony and welcome to the Forum.

If you have a problem kindly just start the one thread as posting the same problem twice can lead to confusion with information flowing across two locations. I have deleted the other thread.

As for your problem, the most likely culprit seems to be the free software you've downloaded, regardless of whether you opened any files or not.

Other guys here are more experienced in this field than myself so I'll hope one of them will have a solution for you.

I would suggest giving more information on this free visual studio express software.

And if you do carry out a fresh install, consider ditching Nortons as the words 'Nortons' and 'Security' in the same sentence are something of an oxymoron.

Well, ok, not entirely true but it's a resource hog and it is a bit rubbish.

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Hello folks. First time poster here with a strange problem. I hope some of you use yahoo mail beta so you know how this all works. Anyways, I've had my yahoo e-mail address for 5-10 years or so and I use it for absolutely everything including ebay, banking, etc.... Anyways, just last wednesday I changed my password for security reasons.

When I log onto yahoo I always make it so that yahoo remembers my sign-in information for 2 weeks so I don't have to keep logging in as I check my e-mail numerous times throughout the day. Last night I was on my laptop and logged into my yahoo account and my wife needed to sign into her yahoo account so I went ahead and signed out. I'd say 1-2 minutes later after she was done, I attempted to re-sign back in but NO GO. I thought "this can't be I was just signed in a minute ago. Sure enough, no luck. I went in the bedroom and got on my desktop and went to yahoo mail and boom i could access my yahoo mail without a hitch from the cookie remembering my info. I signed out thinking it was just my own typo error, tried to get back in and NOTHING.

At this point I figured I could just go ahead and answer yahoo's security questions regarding my account to reset the password. Everything works just fine until the screen that I'm supposed to enter the answer to my question (What was your first pet's name?). I type in the answer and Internet Explorer goes to a page that says some error message about how I need to di... Read more

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A friend recently returned from a 2 week holiday.

His W10 desktop PC now rejects his password and will not let him in. He assures me that he had not changed the password. He has doubled checked that caps/num lock, etc, are not active. I believe him.

He was coerced into creating an MS (online) account when he first set the PC up (over a year ago) in the form of <his_name>

He has tried to reset the password via the relevant MS pages but has been locked out for two consecutive 24 hours periods. he provided his mobile phone number, entered the code and then failed questions such as his mother's maiden name

I suggested that he contact MS support chat. They asked a number of questions, such as have you ever purchased anything via your MS profile. Unfortunately he hasn't, nor has he ever used <his_name> to send emails.

Unhelpfully they simply stated that as someone had tried to change the password, he should just create a new MS online profile- completely sidestepping the fact that he can't log into his PC if he creates a new online profile.

I am happy to go to his tomorrow and use the W10 DVD to create a new (local) user on the PC. He thinks that his copy of W10 is the home edition.

If it is Home,

1. is it safe to assume that the original data will not be encrypted?

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Answer:User password not accepted after holiday

Know how to enable the built-in administrator account using option 4 here:

Also try logging in with the computer disconnected from the internet. Logging in with no internet connection makes the computer look for the password stored on the computer vice the internet, but this likely will not work since he has already been denied with the computer connected to the internet.

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Th e original FACEBOOK ACCOUNT is,attached to YAHOO. COM,, FACEBOOK.COM will not accept my EMAILS,,Password+ birthday I had.. many trys to get into my account, for a few minutes , I was able to get Into FACEBOOK S orginal a ccount, but,, after that ,It was Impossible to get back , Into my account.

Answer:My FACEBOOK ACCOUNT, E MAIL wasnt accepted, nor password.

Why are you telling us this rather than contacting facebook about it? If you forgot your password or your account was hacked or disabled, there's nothing anyone here can do to help.

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Tried system restore. Restore point is only the one which caused the problem. An update.

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I have a client that brought me his laptop for removal of the login password. Apparently, his neighbor's cousin -the computer "expert"- added the password to make the PC "harder to hack when you're on the internet" - yeah, his words, not mine, whatever rolleyes. This expert neglected to write down the password, and cannot remember exactly what the password is. Anyhow- here's the problem: when using the tools I normally use for this (Active Password Changer and/or the 'Locksmith' feature in the ERD/MSDaRT), they do not show the account that is passworded. But if I use a file explorer from a preinstall environment, I can see the account in question. This is confusing; let me clarify: If I browse to C:\Users using the file explorer in ERD/MSDaRT or UBCD4Win, I see the normal "Administrator" account, the normal "Guest" account, an account we'll call "Bob", and an account we'll call "Joe". The password is on the account "Joe". When using a password changing tool, the account "Joe" is not listed, only the normal "Administrator" and "Guest" or "Public" accounts, and the "Bob" account. When I boot to Windows and get to the login screen, the account Joe comes up, but not the account Bob. I'm thinking the "expert" that previously worked on the laptop really screwed up the user accounts and profiles. I'm thinking I... Read more

Answer:Windows7- "Hidden" user account and login password problems

Not sure about the reg fix but you might want to try PClogin and see if it detects all of the accounts. If it detects the account, just check the box marked password is empty. This clears the password. If the "expert" used EFS to encrypt the files of the account then resetting the password would cause all the encrypted files to be inaccessible.

Trinity Rescue Kit may find the accounts also.

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I am Arun Kumar Kushwaha and I have discovered one Big Loophole/Security Leak in Microsoft's Windows 7 Operating System worldwide.
through which we can Access/Delete/Copy/Replace Important Data without Cracking/Resetting the Login Password in Windows 7 OS
and for this we not need any 3rd party Software/ CD/ DVD/ Pen drive/ CMD/ Script/ or any other means of hacking Devices/tool.

only through Windows 7 OS we can Access anybodies Computer Around the world, and user will never get to know that his/her computer has accessed by someone else.
This is purely Microsoft's Negligence towards user's Around the world.

U can assume how much serious is this Issue, if anybody can steal confidential Important data of Company/ Govt data/ or any other Sensitive Personal data of anyone who are using windows 7 OS.

I have Talked through telephone to MS India regarding this Issue and they told me that there is no loophole in their OS and can't be accessed by anyone without having Login Password or User need to Reset login Password with tool/software available.

also i have mailed to MS Technical support Team and also asked about this issue on Windows worldwide official support forum, but not get any meaning full response from them.

I am asking this message to here, coz i want to Spread this issue around the world, so every user can secure their Data and also MS can rectify this issue by releasing an OS Update.

Thanks for reading ..

Your's Truly
Arun Kumar Kushwaha

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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.


Answer: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!

Answer: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?

Answer: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: Hu
TechNet Community Support

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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.


Answer: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!

Answer: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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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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Answer: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 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.

Answer: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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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.


Answer: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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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)

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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...

Answer:User account corrupted, administrator account not accessible

You could try a Repair Install: Repair Install

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I have a new PC and set up. I have (stupidly, not knowing what I was doing) changed from an Administrator to a Standard User. There are NO other Administrators set up on this PC! Now, there seems to be NO way to change back from Standard user to Administrator. Every solution I have come across needs an Administrator password and of course, I don;t have one because I am not signed in as an administrator! Does anyone know of a workable solution to this? I can't even do a system restore because of course, I need to be signed in as an Administrator! ANY assistance will be most gratefully received!

Answer:Change Standard User account to Administrator account???

Activate the built-in hidden super Administrator Account and then log into it and create an admin account.

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I have xp pro installed as my os. In the administrator account, I have outlook express as my default email program. I would like to move my email files to another user account. Can I do that, and if so how?

Answer:moving files from administrator account to another user account

sounds like you will need to export the files first. Click on File -> export. Save it to some where on the c: and then import the files when you are logged in as another user.

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I have a unit i want to have 4 user accounts on and one of them should auto login.

How do i change to one of my other 3 accounts?
Change user doesnt work, just auto login.

Im running Windows embedded standard 7

Best regards

Answer:Multiple user accounts, 1 auto login , how to login to another account

Can you log off the user that was automatically logged on?

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I'm the only user on this laptop and my admin account was called "HybridPC" and I disabled the windows login screen. (Turn computer on and goes right to desktop). One day the welcome screen popped up out of nowhere and I had to login. I tried disabling the login screen to where it was before and now I've screwed things up royally. I cannot login to my original admin account or find it. All the files are still there on my C:\Users\HybridPC folder, but I've lost the profile and user.
I think I messed things up further by trying to create/delete other new user accounts. I've attached 3 screenshots showing my C:users folder, User account screen and the netplwiz.exe profiles.

I've been adding/deleting and can't get back to square one. I don't see my user at all on the welcome screen.
Thanks for your help!

Top User Folder is new today and odd looking as I was attempting to fix on my own.

Answer:User Profile/Account problem (can't login to original admin account)

Hello tytlyf, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Let's start to see if you disabled or deleted your "HybridPC" by using the tutorial below to get details about all accounts on your computer while you are logged in to your "Admin" account, then post back with them. Afterwards, we can go from there.

User Accounts - View Detailed Information About in Windows

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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!

Answer: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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Hi, This is joel, i'm using windows 10 from last 1month.I added a user account for others but when tried to login it says "user account couldn't loaded. Except admin account, other user account couldn't be accessed.

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I'm reading "Windows Security Inside and Out" by Bott & Siechert , published by Microsoft. It states that there is always a built-in "Administrator" account which is often not visible on the Welcome screen. I read somewhere that the default password for this account is blank. They recommend logging on to this account and setting up a password to enhance security.

I boot up and arrive at the Welcome screen and then do two Cont-Alt-Del's to get to the old fashion login screen. I enter Administrator with a blank password. In my case I get a Login Message: "Unable to log you on because of an account restriction" Am I missing something? Is the default password not blank?


Answer:Login using Administrator account?

I think you may have to go to User Accounts and set a password for it first, maybe.

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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 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.

Answer: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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Hi everyone and merry Christmas!

I followed the procedure found on the web, I entered "netplwiz" and did uncheck ?Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer".
There is no password set.
THere is just one user/account which is obviously also the administrator.
(the Account tab shows also HomeGroupUser$, but I guess is a default option...)

the point is that when I switch the pc on, I have to click on the icon of the user account in order to see the desktop. Is there any chance I can login automatically without even clicking on the user icon?
thanks a lot in advance

Answer:Auto login, one account, no password: avoid to click account icon?

Hello Lorcar, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Go ahead and create a password for your user account, then do the tutorial below again to enter the new password and set your user account to be logged into automatically at startup.

Log On Automatically at Startup

Hope this helps,

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I need help have done something to my accounts and cannot login as administrator which I want to do to enable a default on a mail account.When I look at the accounts I can only see two - one is the Guest account and the other I presume to be the Administrator a/c which is p/w protected but when I put in the p/w and open the system to enable the default it still tells me I need to login as administrator !!!I have carried out the command prompt which should enable the administrator logon but nothing changes.What can I do please.

Answer:Administrator Account Login Windows 7

In "Control panel > User Accounts", select your Administrator account and then click the link to "Change User Account Control settings". Temporarily set the slider to the bottom (Never Notify) and see if that lets you perform the necessary task.If what you're trying to do is done from the Command Prompt window, when opening it from the All Programs list, did you right-click it and select "Run as Administrator"?

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Windows 7 Ultimate - in a domain:

I'm not able to logon to my machine using our Admin account. I just get the usual error that the account isn't valid. Is there something I need to change locally or in Active Directory?

Answer:Can't login using Network Administrator Account

Checking around Google, this seems to be the way to log on:

Username: DomainName\UserName
Password: Password

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I have no idea what happened. I restarted and the only account listed is my daughters account (I know she didnt do anything because she wasn't here)
The administrator account (my account) is not showing at all.
I can access all my files from this account but lost OE identities.
What happened?

Answer:Administrator account not showing at login!!

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Hi - this is a weird issue ...

I have an administrator account named hp_admin.

Today, when I tried to log in to that account, nothing happened.

There was no error message, and the login window just refreshed.

I tried to login many times, but same result.

Rebooted, same result.

My other but limited account still works OK.

I checked the profile folders, and found that what should be hp_admin has is named TB_admin.

I recall that when I setup the laptop the was initially TB_admin, and I later renamed it. But it has worked just fine for 2 years!

And how to I fix this weired issue???

BTW - I find that if I callup cmd.exe, I can run as admin, and dialog shows hp_admin, and the password works - but I cannot log into that account, either at startup or switch user.

Answer:my administrator account has been renamed and I cannot login

I enabled the default Win7 Administrator, and logged in wuth that account.

I then switched user, and tried to login to my hp_admin account hp_admin but this time I accidentally put in the wrong password.

When I retried with the correct password ... this time it logged in OK.

Have disabled the Administrator, and hp_admin is working OK.


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I have Windows 7. From one day to the next I am unable to log into my user name which is also the administrator of the computer. The message is "user profile failed the login. user profile can not be loaded". I can not add anything or update any programs because of this. Very frustrating. I can get into it under safe mode.

Answer:administrator user login

I'd create another Administrative User Account so that all ability to login is not lost. Make that new User Account your main one if you do not find a fix for your current account.

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My name is rizwan, i am using windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit activated, I forget administrator password but i know the previous password.
Please guide me how can i restore password using previous known password.
I am unable to install any third party tool to recover password because i dn't have the current administrator password.
Guide the steps which are not required any third party tool or microsoft tool because current password forget.


Answer:Forget Password of Administrator Account but i know previous password

There is no legal way to "craack" a business computer, your IT has to help you recover your Windows. If this is a personal computer, with proof of ownership of both computer and of your windows, a local computer shop may be able to help you at least get your data files onto an external media if not able to legally run password-hunters. Otherwise, it is time to totally reinstall -- and this time keep a written record of usernames and passwords locked in a drawer somewhere.

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My name is rizwan, i am using windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit activated, I forget administrator password but i know the previous password.
Please guide me how can i restore password using previous known password.
I am unable to install any third party tool to recover password because i dn't have the current administrator password.
Guide the steps which are not required any third party tool or microsoft tool because current password forget.


Answer:Forget Password of Administrator Account but i know previous password

There is no legal way to "craack" a business computer, your IT has to help you recover your Windows. If this is a personal computer, with proof of ownership of both computer and of your windows, a local computer shop may be able to help you at least get your data files onto an external media if not able to legally run password-hunters. Otherwise, it is time to totally reinstall -- and this time keep a written record of usernames and passwords locked in a drawer somewhere.

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Is there any way that I can hide the Administrator account during the login screen but at the same time access it whenever I need it.

Like if the user logs off, he should not see the Administrator account, only his standard account.

But I will also need to access the Administrator account from time to time so it should be accessible.
Any idea how I can do this?

Things were much easier during XP where one just had to put in the Username to access their account.

Answer:Hide the administrator account in the login screen?

You can still do this through group policy. Don't remember the policy name off hand, but you disable viewing of last user to log on, and you are then forced to enter in the User name And Password each time for every user.

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I'm in the process of creating a build for my company using sysprep, then imagex for deploying the image.

I understand that the autologin feature must be enabled in the unattended answer file for the built in administrator account to be enabled. I've done some testing and searching but can't find anything about stopping autologin.

Once Windows has loaded into the default administrator account after sysprep, how can this autologin be disabled?
Even if I create another user account, then restart, the computer will still autologin to the administrator account.

I am ultimately going to add the computer to a domain, this may fix the issue, but does anyone know how to disable this autologin after sysprep?

Thanks in advance

Answer:Disabling Administrator Account auto login

Read this tutorial: Log On Automatically at Startup

Step 4 shows how to turn it off.

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I have 3 accounts, plus an administrator login (in an educational environment).

Does anyone know how to hide the Administrator account on the login screen but keep it enabled?

I found this article, but it doesn't achieve what I was hoping for.

Displaying only 1 user at the login screen.

And why doesn't crtl-alt-del not work anymore at the login screen?


Answer:Hide the administrator account at the login screen

You can set crtl-alt-del in the local security policy under administrative tools in the control panel. You can also choose not to display the last user name... see the choice right above the highlighted one in the attached image.

If both are selected you are presented with blank user name and password fields after crtl-alt-del.

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Hi guys, I hope you can help me here.

I loaned my laptop to a friend as i was going on holiday and he's mannged to screw it up big time.

He messed up the profile and changed some stuff around that didn't want to revert back to default. My problem is that he created a new account for me and deleted my original one. Here is the problem. My new account doesn't have Admin priv. I have tried fixing this by attempting to login as the Admin but this doesn't seem to work. I assumed the Admin password would be the same as my original ccount since it didn't ask for a password when i installed the OS (Windows 7 Ultimate).

Now I can installed and software or make any changes to the OS.

Can anyone suggest how I can sort this out without having to reinstall the OS? It tooks me ages to get it the way I wanted. And please don't mention that I should have created an account for him before giving him the laptop.


Answer:Windows 7 Administrator Account login problem

As the saying goes live and learn. Did you go to All Programs and make the Install DVD's
so you can restore your computer back to like factory condition when you bought it ?
You say:
( I assumed the Admin password would be the same as my original account since it didn't ask for a password when i installed the OS (Windows 7 Ultimate).
I don't understand what your saying here.

If you don't know the password for the Adminstrator and your friend doesn't remember it
than you can't get into that account. You can get around Windows XP password but
I've never found a way to get around windows 7 password.
That being said.
That information is not allowed to be given out on this forum.

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I have three Win 10 PC's (desktop, laptop, Surface) that all have the admin login account set up through a common Microsoft Hotmail account. I changed to a new password on my Hotmail account, but the old Hotmail password is still used for logins to my three PC's. How do I change the PC passwords?

I tried doing it through Settings/Accounts/Manage My Microsoft Account/ on my desktop but that forced me to change my Hotmail password again. Now my desktop and Hotmail password are synced, but the laptop and Surface still use the old Hotmail password.

Answer:Changed Microsoft Account Password Does not Change PC Login Password

Hello warc1, and welcome to Ten Forums.

If the laptop and Surface have an internet connection, then the new password should eventually sync to them as well.

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I added myself as a limited user. When I logged off, both my mother's account (which is the adminstrator account) and my account (limited account) were listed. After re-starting the computer my mother's administrator account has completely disappeared. I've gone to the control panel and checked it all out. Nothing is there. I have also right clicked on "my computer", then hit "manage" and tried to make changes there however, seeing as how I am logged in on my account (because that is the only option for me) it keeps telling me my access is denied. We have been working on this for four days now and need a solution. If anyone has a step by step process, that I've not already tried, I would be extremely grateful!

Answer:Administrator user account is gone

do you remember the password for the admin account ? If yes then press ctrl+ ALT+DEL at the login screen . You will see a login box .Provide the username and password for administrator account. Hopefully you should able to get in. Then go and make changes you want..Otherway to get in is safe mode..In safe mode you will see all accounts..I think windows XP hides administrator account from logon screen once you have created extra users.. (there is a registry hack to enable it but i wont recommend here until needed..)Subhash Chandra.

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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


Answer: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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well, I have nobody to blame but myself but when installing Windows 10 I allowed the software to create a Microsoft account and it naturally built an account with no administrator privileges. Of course this is totally wortless for me - I'm the only User on this laptop and under 7 I simply used the Administrator account.

So with 10 I did modify my user account to have Administrator privileges but it's still not the same as as Administrator.

Is there away to take the account I setup and make it the Administrator or should I just uninstall 10 and go back to 7?

I hope this makes sense.

Thanks is advance for reading.

Answer:User Account / Administrator

Hello Myopicvoid, and welcome to Ten Forums.

The account that is setup during the installation of Windows 10 is an administrator account, but you must approve anything that wants to run elevated by default. This was the same in Windows 7.

You could use the built-in elevated "Administrator" account, but you will not be able to use any Windows apps (aka: modern apps) since they will not run in an elevated environment.

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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

Answer:Administrator User Account

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System has 3 accounts: Administrator password protected, and two standard user accounts. The guest account is off.
On both startup or "swittch user" the login screen only shows the system admin account icon and the password field is waiting for input. Although the two standard user accounts still show up in the "manage users" control panel utility.
Problems started as "the user profile service failed the logon". Logon screen showed all three accounts, but one of the stanrd user accounts couldn't be successfully logged into.
Followed method #1 to edit registry and rename/copy/edit the S-1-5 keys. There was a S-1-5 .bak for the problem account. After editing the registry, and upon reboot only the system administrator account appeared. 
Used windows restore to try to go back before the problems. The first restore point I picked failed to "install" on reboot, reported that either the restore point had problems or anti-virus program was blocking the restore. Disabled AVG, still wouldn't "apply" the restore. So I picked an earlier point in time, that restore installed without errors. The system has been rebooted several times, windows has applied patches on one of the reboots.
I tried a few other things and got non repeatable results. Once created a new standard user account. The "other user" logon icon appeared for "switch user". I tried login into one of the standard user accounts and it succeeded. I have since... Read more

Answer:only system administrator account appears on login screen

Hi drewp, according to the microsoft link you've just followed, there are certain options to take before using the registry edit as mentioned before the 3 steps accordingly. If you haven't removed completely AVG, please do so as it could be the problem in the very beginning. Use the AVG removal tool just to make sure then check the difference. Another step to take is to run system file checker and then see if any corrupt and repaired files from the text output log. Check also the user profile service is in default or automatic. If nothing happens, move the profile account as described in method#2 from the provided MS link.

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I have read on Get Safe Online :-
It?s also a good idea not to use your computer in administrator mode. It?s better to make a user account and log in with that for day-to-day use.
However, when anlaysing security on my computer with Belarc Advisor it ticks User Accounts as a security risk.
Any views on this topic plse.

Answer:Administrator Account or User Account?

If you don't have your user account set as administrator there are some programs that you will not be able to download or open or remove.
I would say yes you would need to use your account in administrative mode.

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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.

Answer: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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Hey, I wan't to make sure I have admin acess, how do I make sure I am an admin?

Answer:How do I set my user account to Administrator? (Vista)

I just disable user account controls, but you can also do this: go to start menu and type UAC in the search bar, click on user account controls, click on your account then set it as the administrator.

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Can somebody give me a way to deny the NET user password change in command prompt.

Answer:Administrator Account Hack - NET User

Do you want to prohibit a particular account from running the NET command? You can right click on that file, choose properties and then security tab. There you can deny that account access.

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I just helped a friend build his first PC. However, what I found out is that he has no aptitude, or maybe it is mostly no interest, for software and OS setup. So I ended up taking the PC home to do the OS install and drivers and such.

My question is should I set him up to use his PC under a User Account and not the Administrator account?

I remember reading somewhere that for everyday use, even for experienced users, it is best to use a User Account.

Answer:Windows 7: should we use Administrator or User account ?

He wants to do hardware but not software?
Send the pc back auto logging into a user account with a bill for your time. Be prepared for the inevitable tech support calls, that is one of the reasons for a bill at this point. Dont forget to document the admin account so when you get to fix it you can access the admin account.

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My administrator account has disappeared from the computer.  We still have one user, but that wasn't set as administrator so we can't updated anything. I don't want to lose all of my pictures and documents.  I have tried a system restore, but it pops up with the old administrator account/password screen.  When I click ok, nothing happens and it says it can't find it. Is there a way to add the account back to the user group?

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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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First, I'm sorry if this has already been answered. I've searched the forums, but haven't been able to find an answer to my situation.

When I right click on a program from my user account (no admin privileges) and choose to "run as Administrator", I am not prompted for the Administrator password. The program then prompts: "XXX needs local Administrator privileges." This has been happening on all programs I have downloaded recently, not just one in particular.

I do have a valid Administrator account. In the past (on the same computer, same OS) I have been able to right click, select Run as Administrator, then enter a password, and continue unhindered.

I am not sure what has changed, but I now have to log in to the actual Administrator account to install programs when I used to be able to do it from my user account by running as administrator.

Any help getting "Run as Administrator" to work on my lower privileged user account again is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Run as Administrator from User account not working.

Have you tried a sys restore to a time when all was well?

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Hello.I want to create another user on my pc. I went to the user accounts in control panel etc, but when I try to add a user it will only let me make it an administrator and the limited user is greyed out. It says "you have to create at least one admin acct before you can create other accounts" but I AM already the administartor. When I went through with the wizard, it only showed the new user (as the administrator)on the welcome screen and my personal settings werent there so I had to do a sys restore.How do I create another user with limited access then? Any help gratefully received as usual.

Answer:xp user account-administrator problem

Are you loging in under your own name or as the administrator?

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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?

Answer:I deleted the administrator user account

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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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just two days ago I installed xp in my computer and my user account name was "administrator" and today I created a one more account. All of a sudden now when I restarted my compter the old administrator account gone. I can see only the new account in the welcome screen. I cannot find my administrator account in fast switching mode.Please help with this

Answer:my user account administrator profile gone in

Don't use the welcome screen. Open the control panel & go to users & accounts, change the way users login. Get rid of the welcome screen. Make sure that you know all the passwords before you do it.How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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when running in cmd i must be administrator to make the commands work

how do i make my user account be the administrator

i dont want to right click and run as admin all the time

Answer:how do i make my user account in win 7 be the administrator

Go to User Accounts within the Control Panel, then click on Change Account Type of your user.

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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.


Answer:Cannot delete Administrator User account

you can't remove the administrator acc.

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Okay, last night when i was on my computer I was on the Adminstrator user acount, during the day/night I leave my computer on and just turn on the monitor. Today I went to work and came back and when the welcome screen came up the Administrator user account wasn't there. There are two other accounts on this computer, one is computer admin and the other one is the guest user account. When i searched for my files it shows that they're all still there but the Admin account just isnt showing up on the welcome screen to allow me to log on to it.

Answer:Administrator User Account is not showing up

It is normal for the administator account not to show up on the welcome screen when you have other accounts. This is how you get it to appear access the admin account at the welcome screen do a couple of control alt deletes until you get the logon box

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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.

Answer: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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I have a friend who is running Windows XP Home Edition. It seems they no longer have an “administrator” logon name. When they get to the screen to logon, it shows her childrens logon name and they can login fine. The problem is they have very limited priviliges so no programs can be installed, users added, etc. Under the User accounts setting in the Control Panel the only user account is for her kids, there is no administrator account listed.

It used to be she could sign on by just typing in her administrator username with no password and it would work fine.

I did not think it possible to remove the local administrator account. Any suggestions?

Answer:Missing Administrator user account!

If it is XP Home, Boot into Safe Mode and login as the account named Administrator.

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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?

Answer: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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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?

Answer: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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How can I run a program as administrator in a user account that isn't administrator? I need this since I can't update chrome on a non administrator account . Windows 8 gives me an error but I can't find a way to start chrome as administrator. Thanks in advance.

Answer:How to run a program as administrator in a user account ?

Right click the software and select properties, then click advanced and tick the box "run as admin".

Run as Administrator - in Windows 8

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July 15, 2017

I have WIN 10 Pro on a Dell laptop.

I have been unable to find a way to show ALL accounts, User, (built in) Administrator, Guest account, etc at WIN 10 login/sign on. The only account I can get to show in my user account (which has administrator status).
I have successfully used the cmd ?net user administrator / active:yes, net user administrator * ? and successfully assigned a password, and the net user guest / active:yes command. I restart or power down and restart and the only account that shows is the single user account. As far as I can tell issueing the above commands should make the Administrator and Guest accounts show on the login/signon screen. I have tried a couple of other options I found on line but without success.

I must be missing something. I did see a couple of comments about ?User group. Home group? but could not figure out what was being asked. My Dell laptop is used at home, wireless connected to my router and the internet. I do not remember being asked any questions about ?home group? or ?groups? at installation on WIN 10.

Would appreciate any (detail) instructions or links showing how to make all the WIN 10 PRO accounts to show at logon.

Thank you

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July 15, 2017

I have WIN 10 Pro on a Dell laptop.

I have been unable to find a way to show ALL accounts, User, (built in) Administrator, Guest account, etc at WIN 10 login/sign on. The only account I can get to show in my user account (which has administrator status).
I have successfully used the cmd ?net user administrator / active:yes, net user administrator * ? and successfully assigned a password, and the net user guest / active:yes command. I restart or power down and restart and the only account that shows is the single user account. As far as I can tell issueing the above commands should make the Administrator and Guest accounts show on the login/signon screen. I have tried a couple of other options I found on line but without success.

I must be missing something. I did see a couple of comments about ?User group. Home group? but could not figure out what was being asked. My Dell laptop is used at home, wireless connected to my router and the internet. I do not remember being asked any questions about ?home group? or ?groups? at installation on WIN 10.

Would appreciate any (detail) instructions or links showing how to make all the WIN 10 PRO accounts to show at logon.

Thank you

Answer:Unable to show Administrator or Guest account on login screen

krazykat tenf said:

I have successfully used the cmd ?net user administrator / active:yes, net user administrator * ?

Unless you made a typo here the command is incorrect. There should not be a space between / and active so if you want to enable built in administrator with password = "Secret123" you would enter:

net user administrator Secret123 /active:yes

Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10 Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials

You can then sign out (no need to reboot) and you should see the built in Administrator on the log-in screen.

The guest account doesn't exist any more in Windows 10. You could add an account to use as a guest account and make it part of the guests group if you want as described here Add Guest Account in Windows 10 Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials but it is pretty limited. Users that are part of guests group can't open store apps for example.

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I am running a home version windows vista. I forgot the administrator password and need to login to delete some unwanted files that refused
to go away.

Any idea how I can access without reinstalling the whole thing?

Thank you.

Answer:Forgot Administrator Password to login

We cannot help you recover passwords. This is against forum rules.

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I'm not quiet sure what happened to my laptop but about a week ago I uninstalled Google Chrome ever since then I've been expierencing a few things which I will be posting about in different threads. Anyway at first I was completely locked out of my account (the administrator account) then I just keep trying different things and now it will let me into the administrator account with the password I put on it but when I try to change the password or try to remove the password it asks me to type in administrator password so I do and it tells me that my password is incorrect?

Answer:Administrator password only works to login nothing else?? Help me

Sounds like something having to do with the uac(user account control) got corrupted or damaged; which in turn is causing the system to tell you the password is not right. To fix this; you may have to go into safe mode and delete the account that the password is not working on and then re-create it. If you do that however; you will have to re-set up all your personalization settings for your account. To do this; you click start; then control panel; then user accounts and family safety.

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How do I recover the password for the Login/Signin screen so I can get to my desktop. I can sign on as Guest since I did not password protect that User Account.
I thought that I had removed the password for the Administrator....but apparently not. so now I can not remember that password.

Answer:Forgot Login Password for Administrator

Sorry, we cannot assist with forgotten passwords or bypassing passwords.
# Passwords - Please do not ask for assistance with forgotten passwords and/or bypassing them. As there is no way to verify the actual situation and/or intentions, no assistance will be provided and any such threads will be closed.Click to expand...

Please read the Forum Rules before posting again.
Closing thread.

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My grandmother was recently hacked and she changed all her passwords herself (yay!). However she did not write down her new local user account password for her laptop.

I tried downloading OPHCrack, I burned it as an ISO file and put it on a DVD-R(only thing I had on hand) and i changed the boot order on her BIOS menu to had the DVD drive as the first priority. It does not run....I hear the disk drive moving, or spinning but the program does not run. Are there any other options or do I have to do a complete system restore to bypass this? Also if that is what I have to do how do I do that without being in her control panel?

Answer:Old Problem New User- Forgot Local User Account Password

Hello there "hater",are you sure you downloaded the right OPHcrack version?It should be the one that is intended to be used on,not the one being used to download and be burned on.Try imgburn,never failed me to create bootable CDs or DVDs.

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I have a Dell Dimension E510 with Windows Media Center Edition 2005.My problem is when I start it up it says User .I click on it .It logs-in then logs-out. If you go to Administrator it does the same thing. I can restart the machine and hit F8 and I tried all the settings in safe mode even "go back to when it had a good restart. Still does not let me in.Still logs in then at the same time Logs out I even took out the CMOS Battery for a few minutes. .I have done this on another machine to remove the name and password protected at start-up......... I need Tech Support Guy to bail me out .THANKS!

Answer:Solved: User or administrator login then auto logs out

You have a virus. Here is a video that might be helpful,

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I'm sure I'm not the first and I probably won't be the last to forget the "Hidden" Administrator account password, you know the one you can access in Safe Mode.Any suggestions?

Answer:Administrator account password?

If you haven't set one, press Enter.

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Well it looks like MS shot themselves in the foot again.  Over night my system has changed so that my personal account is no longer an administrator even though it is still listed as one in Computer Management.  In User Accounts it is set as
a standard user and it cannot be changed to an administrator user.  Why does MS keep screwing up Windows 7???  It is a great operating system other than the stupid things that they have done, like not being able to copy a configured user account
to the default user and now this!!!   My assumption is that they do not want corporate users anymore, they just want brain dead faux McIntosh home users!  What they are going to do is force everyone to run as "The Administrator" instead
of creating other user accounts, why did they drop the "Power User"?  That was a very useful account, I know it's still there but it isn't the same!  Mr. Ballmer, please retire and let someone with some brains take over this company before you totally
screw it up!Ted McCarty

Answer:Can't change a user account to a local administrator

Hi Ted,


According to your description, I would like to say that if it is grayed out when you trying to change the account as administrator, it states that you
are already the administrator.


If you boot to Safe Mode, are you able to log in as Administrator? If so, go into User Accounts in the Control Panel and change your personal account
back to the Administrator type.






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I have one user that is the Computer Administrator account.

I set up a password on for it and then removed the password (this was done to test something on my network and the password is not really needed) and now my Computer Administrator account is hosed.

It is behaving as if it is a limited access account. I can not remove or add software, nor can I access programs that I should have access to.

I have logged off & back on. I have rebooted multiple times. Nothing has corrected this.

I've searched but can not find the answer to this specific problem that I have.

Wondering if I can make a new computer administrator account, log into it & then delete the current one (hosed up one) that I have and be back in business? Or does this sound like a more complicated problem?

Answer:Windows Administrator user account Hosed

Go to Control Panel / User Accounts in Windows XP
How To Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows XP

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