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Rename Administrator Account In XP Home Possible?

Question: Rename Administrator Account In XP Home Possible?

Hello,I have trying to improve the security settings on a XP Home SP3 based machine. Reading through a link provided here I see that the Administrator account can be renamed in XP Pro. The instructions do not work for XP Home. Can the Administrator account be renamed with XP Home?Thanks!Link: Hardening Windows Security Part 1 and 2 Provided For XP Pro:Rename/Password protect the administrator accountAn administrator account has the largest amount of default permissions and the ability to change their own permissions. To stop the intruders from accessing your computers and gaining administrative rights from the built-in Administrator account, it is highly recommended to rename the Administrator accountTo rename the administrator account in windows XP Pro, follow these steps:? Right click on 'My computer' and click 'Manage', which opens the Microsoft Management console.? Open the Users folder under Local users and groups, right click on 'Administrator' and click Rename and type in your preferred unique name.? Right click on 'Administrator', click properties and edit the description for the account, so as not to reveal its true nature.To password protect the administrator account, if you have not done it already, or to change the password follow these steps: ? Right click on 'My computer' and click 'Manage', which opens the Microsoft Management console.? Open the Users folder under Local users and groups, right click on 'Administrator' and click Set Password.? Click Proceed in the message box that appears.? Type and confirm the new password in the appropriate boxes, and then click OK.

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Answer: Rename Administrator Account In XP Home Possible?

I just found a link which explains how to change the Administrator name in XP version. It worked for me but I cannot vouch for the credibility of this site or the safety of using this procedure as I have never used this site before. I just mirrored my hard drive so I am not too worried. If anybody is interested in trying this please do so at your own risk.Thanks

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I want to change the "Administrator" account in Windows XP home edition. I have instructions for use with XP pro - typing gpedit.msc in run--> ( group policy editor window shold open)Is there any simple, safe way of giving the account a new name ?

Answer:Rename the Administrator account in XP Home

click herethis will help,good luck..

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Hi all
Just a personal update to the excellent 'How to rename the built-in Administrator account' Windows 8 tutorial.
There are 4 methods described, and indeed methods 1 and 2 did not work ony my ('standard') Windows 8 64-bit.  However method 3, which is described as being for Windows XP, did in fact work on my Windows 8.  It looks easier than the suggested method 4!
Edit: here's the link to the tutorial in question:

Answer:How to rename the built-in Administrator account.

Thanks for the info. This is why we list multiple methods for tutorials like that. Not everyone has the same degree of success.

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I just got a netbook that has 7 Home Premium x64. How do I rename the administrator account?

I've already enabled it, but gpedit.msc, secpol.msc and lusrmgr.msc don't work with 7 Home Premium.

Answer:Rename built in administrator account?

Why do you need to rename it?

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I have unlocked it with the Net user administrator /active:yes in the command prompt.
I have tried:
System and Maintenance, Administrative Tools and then the Local Security Policy - however the Local Security Policy is nowhere to be found.

Please help.

Thank you.

Answer:rename windows vista administrator account

go to user accounts, manage another account, click on Administrator, then click change the account name.

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HIFrom the Command Prompt of Windows 7, to enable the Administrator user, I should write "net user administrator /active:yes". Also from the command prompt, what is the command to rename this user so that, when I reboot Windows 7, the Administrator account will be created with the name renamed?THANKSBYE


Answer:Rename the Administrator account from the Command Prompt

Hi balubeto,Net command doesn't have rename account function. Based on my research and test on our test machines, you can download a free utility named Renuser.exe to achieve this. Please refer to the  following steps:1. Download file, unzip it and copy Renuser.exe file to the path: C:\Windows\System32.Please note: we provide the 3rd party software for technical use only. There may be some changes without notice, Microsoft doesn't guarantee any accuracy on contacting information. 2. Start the Command Prompt with elevated privilege.3. Type the following syntax:renuser <Current UserName> <New UserName> [<DomainName>]Since your computer isn't joined to the domain, you can skip the [<DomainName>] setting. 4. Log off the current account and log back in. Now you can see the newly renamed account is displayed on the logon screen. Best RegardsDale

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for some reason after bootup it doesn't go to a user account login screen, it goes directly to my user acc't desktop. I want to set it up so I can log in as Administrator OR my own account. How can I get it to show both accounts for a choice of either one to open at bootup?

Answer:administrator account XP Home

Go to Control Panel and click on User Accounts and click on change the way users log on and off and choose the Use the Welcome Screen

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How do I enable the Administrator account so I can log on to it with out the need to reboot into safe mode?


Answer:Administrator account on Windows XP Home SP2

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Ok... here's my question to you guys... is there any method that you can use to get the administrator account to be available in regular mode... since this account can set file permissions? Any help would be great.

EDIT : Keep in mind, when trying to give advice, that i am runnin XP Home. So most tricks for pro WILL NOT work. I've tried those.

Answer:Windows XP home administrator account

umm well what do u mean "regular mode" just like when u boot it up normal, if so it should already be thier when u installed ur OS it makes "THEE" admininstrator account

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I recently did a windows repair on a machine running XP Home. All of the user accounts are set as Computer Administrator. When I try to install SP2, it will get about 50% done and then prompt me with an "Access is Denied" error. The problem also occurs when I go to Start>Run>msconfig and try to uncheck programs from starting up at bootup. I can check and uncheck things, but when I click "OK," I get an error that says something along the lines of "You must log on as an administrator to make these changes," even though they do change once I restart. Any help getting the administrator accounts to actually work would be appreciated.

btw, I already went to this Microsoft support page: ....didn't work.

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I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium on a Dell laptop and would like to be able to use the ""real"" administrator account. When i set up Windows 7, it asked for a user name. I entered my personal account name and it made me an administrator. When i try to use the < lusrmgr.msc > utility to edit the administrator password, etc. i get a message that Home Premium does not have this function. The system has me running as an administrator, which is a very bad idea for most users. I can't find any way to access the actual administrator account, if there is one. Any ideas on how to access the administrator account ? I don't want to change my account security and then end up with no way to use administrator priviledges when i need them.

Answer:Windows 7 Home Premium administrator account....

Navigate to this link this will show you how to unhide the hidden Administrator account.

Enable the (Hidden) Administrator Account on Windows 7 or Vista - How-To Geek

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Where is this account? I was installing some program the other day and it asked me to login as Administrator and put in the password. HA! To my surprise, there was no Administrator account listed on the machine and hence, no password (that I know of) I tried blank, but it wouldn't let me...

So I went to the Users control panel and tried to Create an administrator account. It said that Account Administrator already exists.

So I turned off Fast User Switching and went back to XP's normal login screen that asks for a password. I tried to login as Administrator but couldn't. It just wouldn't let me.

I think something funny is going on because I have XP Home, but this is really wierd. Any info would be appreciated!

Answer:Windows XP Home Edition / Administrator Account

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I thought my user account had all the privilege, but I guess not. I can't disable auto-update of windows with this user. the options are grayed out. Plus I forgot how to change that in safe mode.

Answer:Is there a way to use the administrator account in normal mode in XP Home?

You can go to "start-> logoff" then logon as administrator.

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I have been trying to login to my daughter's laptop to install parental control software. I don't remember changing the password but I can't login to this account as every password I try it says not valid. What is the Windows XP Admin account default password?

The laptop is a Satellite M40 running XP Home SP2

Many thanks


Answer:Windows XP Home Administrator account password


it's bad to hear that, cause there's no password set by default.
The only way I can think of to get through this is reinstalling the operating system.
Unfortunately this will erase the hard disk. So you should backup important data before doing this.
Sorry, I don't have a better solution.


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*apollogies if this is in the wrong section!!*

Hey all,

Ive had W7 installed since release day (UK) - and have been having a few problems with Administrator privileges.

I mainly use this PC as a Gaming PC, and some applications I use (Steam, Xfire, a few games etc) wont run (or wont run properly) unless "run as administrator" is ticked.

My account is set to Administrator, and it's the only account on the PC.

Ive read on the forums here about a Hidden administrator account, but im not 100% sure wether "this is my problem" or not - as friends of mine, who use the same applications on W7 dont have any problems at all without using the hidden administrator account or ticking run as administrator.

Any ideas?


Answer:W7 x64 Home Prem - Administrator account problems

First - please fill out your system specs. Check out the link in my signature for instructions.

Second - did you do an in-place upgrade, or is this a clean install.

Third - did you install drivers yourself, or did you let Windows find and install them via Windows Update?

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After googling a bit it seems this is only intended to be possible after you have windows loaded then there are commands you can run to activate the Admin account at login screen.

However I can't get past the login screen because my customer forgot the password. Format & reinstall of Windows is to be used only as a last resort per her instruction. The Administrator account password is probably blank, I just can't log in with it.

I have an idea... what if I take the hard drive out and access the files using a another computer? Is there a way to edit the registry or enable the Administrator account at welcome screen by modifying those settings via direct manipulation of the files?

I usually use Windows Key Enterprise for this, has cleared passwords in something like 7 of 8 cases. Unfortunately it gives an error about a corrupted registry or something in this case. :(

Answer:[SOLVED] Enable Administrator account in Windows Vista Home Premium?

Just tried NTpasswd which is supposedly the best for resetting Vista passwords, but it fails to mount the partition correctly. For some reason it is reporting as FAT16 even though it is almost certainly NTFS. The program attempts to mount FAT / FAT32 etc. then of course fails. Googling suggests the only way to fix this would be a MBR editor (extremely risky) to change the reported partition type from FAT16 to NTFS... Sledgehammer anyone?

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I have an application that is installed and runs as a service. Up to Windows XP, the service runs correctly. On Vista Ultimate, the service runs correctly only if it logs on using an administrator account (I open services.msc, go to the service's properties, choose an admin account (instead of "local") and enter the admin account and password. When I click on "Apply" the system pops up a box saying the admin account has received the "logon as a service privilege". So all is good. I then restart the service, and it works fine.

On Vista Home versions, I can do all of this (down to getting the popup box saying the account has received the logon as a service privilege) but RESTARTING the service FAILS! A box is popped up saying "Error 1069 The service did not start due to a logon failure".

Strange that this should happen while I'm carrying out all these changes under an administrator account

I get the feeling that the solution should be very obvious, but somehow, to me it isn't! I have no idea what to do!! If someone knows how to handle this problem, please advise me. Thank you in advance.

For info if needed (please ask if you need any further details):
- UAC is disabled (at least while these changes are being performed)
- The service starts correctly using "local system", but is then unable to access the files and folders needed that it needs to access. These files and folders can vary from system to system. So I can't use... Read more

Answer:On Vista Home 32bits: service logon as administrator account fails

I have found the solution. It seems I was not looking in the right place
The administrator account I was using did not have the password correctly defined (in fact most Vista Home users would not have a password set even for the base "Administrator" account, which is usually invisible). I went to: "Control Panel > User Accounts and Family Safety", and set a (new) password for my (administrator) account. After that, under this account, the service started up as normal. Yay!

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Hi guys, i had a first administrator account on my Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit laptop. The user account name was Owner. Someone went into the control panel/User accounts and safety and either pressed "delete files" or "keep files". But i think the person pressed keep files because i went to computer\Users and still saw a folder named Owner with all my old files. I tried to find the account in Regedit.exe and followed the steps accordingly to what other people say. I didn't see Owner in regedit. I know my files are hidden but how can I get my account back, is there a system restore to get the account back?

Answer:Help with restoring my deleted administrator account?(Windows Vista Home Premium)

You can run a System Recovery from Safe Mode.

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im using vista, and i discovered that the hidden admin account can be renamed, from control userpasswords2, and my question is should it be rename to my username or just leave it Administrator.

Built-in Administrator Account - Change Name

and the name can be change from control userpasswords as well but it doesnt change the actual username but just the Full name...

and if i like to use it daily, should the hidden account be named Administrator or my username?


Answer:hello, rename built-in Administrator?

yes, i can see the link, but the administrator folder which is from c:\users, is still C:\Users\Administrator, i can rename the folder by deleting it and then rename it from control userpasswords2 or if you havent log in to it yet and just activated it, What im trying to say is should the hidden admin account be use as C:\Users\Administrator, or C:\Users\My Username

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good day experts!

my problem is that i cannot rename the administrator in user accounts.
i already logged in as admin. but there is no option to rename.
need your help. i'm using win xp pro w/ sp2.

Answer:cannot rename administrator in user accounts

From what I recall of oddities of XP, you can only delete your original account name and then establish a new one with whatever name you want. Additionally, you can create a new account with admin rights without deleting your original account by creating a new account. A while ago i had to delete the original account to make another one and it saved all my files in a shared folder for access.

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Couple of months ago I had to leave my pc with sby else, so wanted to secure my administrator account with a password and wanted to create an open "guest" account.I don't remember exactly what I did back then, but some way or other I gave that guest account a password secured administrator status ?nd created a second guest account without password.Problem is that now I lost my original Admin-account. Just don't get the option to choose it. It's like it doesn't exist anymore. Yet I sure as *censored* did not remove it myself. Did not remove my personal files underneath it, but can't view them in the normal "verkenner" (windows mapping system).I'm using an XP SP2 with 248MB RAMACPI Uniprocessor PC??More info needed?Thanks in advance...Hans

Answer:guest account with administrator status removed original Administrator...

Hi, Please try the below mentioned steps:1). Try to boot your machine in safe mode by following below steps:                   a). Turn on your machine and keep on pressing F8 key from the keyboad.                   b). Select the "Safe Mode with Networking" under boot option screen.2). Type any of default passwords you had earlier (if asked).3). Now you are logged as Admin, change the account password or account previliges you want to chage.Good luck.

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I purchased my computer 11 months ago and had two additional hard drives installed 5 months ago. I had a technician install and format them for me. A couple of days after I brought my computer home. I renamed one of the hard drives successfully. Now 5 months later I am unable to rename the other hard drive due to getting this error "You will need to provide administrator permissions to rename drive". I haven't done anything to change any settings. What would cause this out of the blue?

I have read something about adding my user in the security tab of the properties of the hard drive. Administrator is already listed in the security tab, so that doesn't make sense as I am the administrator with Full rights. In the same dialog box if I click on Advanced and go to the Owner tab. The Owner says SYSTEM. What is the purpose of the Owner being SYSTEM and why?

I checked all the settings on the other hard drive that I renamed 5 months ago and every setting is the same as this hard drive. It seems that something must have caused a change somewhere.

Would a Windows update have changed any of these settings? This isn't making sense when I haven't changed anything on my computer. In fact, I hardly use this computer cause I have a laptop that I use more regularly. Recently I had this computer turned off for at least a month or longer.

I'm looking for an easy way to maybe change a setting that can be changed back the way it was easily after renaming the hard drive.

Answer:You will need to provide administrator permissions to rename drive

Since your pc was off for so long I would first check to make sure it starts up with the right date and time (your cmos batt might be dead causing security conflicts). Your security has all four of these groups correct?

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Well, I think I've done something terribly wrong, I first asked not so long ago about changing my users profile and so I did. I made a new account -and- I put it to be an administrator account, I erased the one that HP made for my father when he bought the laptop. I've forgotten one program that asked me for administrator rights for it to finish instalation because I just disregarded it as not important but I have Corel Draw X3 and for me to actually use the program at all it asks me to get on an administrator account to run it the first time and that then it'll be available for all users, but I only have this user and I've verified that it is most definately an administrator account, what's going on? Did I do wrong by erasing the other account? What?

I'd like to thank anyone beforehand for their patience and effort to helping me out.

Vista Home Premium
Intel core duo
1024MB RAM

Answer:Solved: A program asking administrator's rights but my account is administrator

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I have just had my computer wiped and xp put back on
However the person who did this for me has called me John by mistake!
I can change it in my user account

But in C Documents and Settings I may be John forever unless I have to lose my computer for it to be wiped again

Any quick and safe way to do this please?

When I try it says its a Windows file and cannot be re named
Please help

Answer:Rename computer administrator in Documents and settings folder

I just tested that. I created an account and gave it administrative privileges. Booted in and out of the account. Booted back in to my regular account and renamed the new account in users and documents and settings. Booted back out and logged onto that new changed account without a problem. Worked for me!

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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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Hi, I have an Acer laptop which came with one user account, Acer, with the administrator right. When I tried to rename it to Administrator or administrator, I got an messages saying that user name has already existed.

How do I rename Acer to Administrator? Thanks.

Answer:Renaming the administrator account back to Administrator

Hello, Yky, welcome to the Seven Forums.

The username Administrator is reserved for a built-in administrator account. If you want to use the name for another account, you need first rename it to "free" the name. Instructions here: Built-in Administrator Account - Change Name

Please keep in your mind that even if you change the name of the user account Acer to Administrator, it's userprofile folder's name remains Acer. Renaming a user account does not change the name of the user folder.

An example: my username is my real first name, Kari, and that's the name I also use for my userprofiles on all of my rigs. If I now decide to change my username on this computer to LarryLaffer, it's OK. Easy and fast done. BUT: it would mean that on this computer, user LarryLaffer's files would be located in folder called C:\Users\Kari, because renaming a user account does not change the name of the folder. Windows user folder name stays always the same it was when the user account in question was created and user logged in first time.


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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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Hello everyone,

Ahh, don?t you love just Microsoft and its OS designed by a team of idiots led by Alfred E. Neuman? Why do people keep buying new products from these worms to keep them in business?

This problem is more ludicrous than having to remove IE7 and go back to IE6 in order to repair XP, when you can't boot into Safe Mode or anything else.

I recently got a machine that was part of an internet caf? or so I was told buy the guy selling it.

Caf? software has options to limit what the users can do. Evidently it is not dynamic; the changes are made in the registry and affect the whole machine even when not part of the Caf? network.

I logged into the Administrator Account (which is a complete joke in the real computing world as Bill never got the concept of what a real a Administrator is or what it is they actually do.) and I find that I have no right-click option. I can?t get to the Run Command and there is no Administrator menu for getting to system services, group policies or anything else.

So I open a command window from the Accessories menu and try run regedit and I get a notification that "The Administrator has disabled modifications to the Registry"? Gee and I thought I was the Administrator.

The login did say Administrator didn?t it? Yup it sure did Myrtle.

I found a third party registry editor, but I would rather not have to spend the time searching for every single registry entry that has been changed to gain control back.

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Answer:How do I Restore Administrator Privileges to the Administrator Account?

The Account may be called "Administrator" but it is not the built in Administrator account. go to Start/Run and type compmgmt.msc and hit enter. Open Local Users and Groups. Open the Users folder. Here is a list of the user accounts on the computer. The First one to the right will say it is the built in Administrator account (the actual name may have been changed by the previous owner) You will have to log into this account with it's password to be an actual Administrator to make changes or create your own Administrator account

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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 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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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 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!

Answer: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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Somehow or another I received a computer to work on in which the build is Administrator account has been tied to a MSA. It is Windows 10 Home so I can't get to more advanced options in lusrmgr. I've tried searching and haven't found anything related to this topic; I have no Idea how the MSA was tied to the Admin account and there is no sign out/switch to local option. I tried to reset the Admin account as described here, but it did not remove the MSA.

Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.

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Hello to all,
I am using W7 Ultimate 64 bits. I am have a what has been described on this forum as a quasi-administrator account. It is not called Administrator but seems to function as one. UAC prompts, when admin rights required in user accounts, this account's password will fulfil the requirement. Might someone care to discuss the differences, values and problems. Which should I be using??
I do my regular computing under a user account. I am lost at this depth of computerocrasy!
Thanks for any assistance!

Answer:Quasi-Administrator account versus a true Adminstrator Account?


If you havent changed the permissions there are only three types of accounts. Admin, Regular user, and guest.

What does your user say under your name in user CP?

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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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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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ImageShack? - Online Photo and Video Hosting

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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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Hello; I am wondering if it is possible to rename my user account from the CLI? My user account is also the administrator account. Since I did a recent re-install of Windows, I am not happy with my choice of name for my account.
Or alternatively, could I add another admin. user account and delete the first one? I would prefer just to rename, if that is possible.

Answer:Rename User Account

hi see if this is what you want. User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name

can always add another admin account User Account - Create

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I have a HP desktop with Vista and the hard drive crashed. HP replaced my hard drive and the guy who did it transferred all my files and reinstalled Vista using my boot disk. Unfortunately he renamed me as a user using a wrong spelling for my name. there is another user but I am the default user . I renamed my computer to "owner" by right clicking My computer and I went to control panel and renamed myself as a user to "owner"but if I follow the path My computer>Local Disc>Users> my name appears with the wrong spelling. I tried deleting this user folder and started a whole lot of problems as my computer couldn't locate my files so i changed everything back but how do i rename my user account.(Also when installing software the window appears with my wrongly spelt name and its getting me on edge) Any Help thanks

Answer:how do i rename a user account?

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So for some reason, windows 8 thought it would be funny to change my user name to Al Ex instead of Alex, AND since you can't have space on the address bar, the folder ended up calling Al.
This annoyed me a lot more than it should have, because i have tried changing the user name through control panel, but that just changes the display name, not the folder's name.

How do i rename it?

Answer:How to rename user account?

Hello Alex,

The best way I found to do this would be to create a new account with the name you wanted instead, sign out of old account, sign in to the new account, copy over anything (ex: shortcuts and files) you wanted from the old account to the new one, then delete the old account.

Hope this helps,

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Some applications like Google Chrome, Yahoo Messenger which installed in administrator account is not available in limited account. I'm using windows xp. Is there any work around for that?

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So long story short is I was logged into a local account. I've seen other posts about using the built in admin account but nothing that said anything about not the built in administrator's account but an account that was local and in the administrators group.

So anyway I logged into the store as one of my children. When doing so I accidentally choose to login instead of "just to the app" and now my child's account has some sort of weird merge with mine.

I still login locally with my local password however it's enforcing their account restrictions now on mine but I'm still listed as an administrator but unable to do anything.

I don't have the option to create a local account as it's not there it just says "manage my ms account". I did create a local account so I could login to the web and unrestrict my child's account so I could browse the web and what not but I have ton's of stuff tied to my profile and wonder if there is any way to "unscrew" this massive screw up.

Any help or advice would be appreciated. I'm on Windows 10, latest updates to 12/27/17.

Removing the device from online and remove any app logins hasn't helped. I'm at a loss. The next step was to close their account and hope that would untie it somehow but MS says they don't really remove accounts for 60 days and still not sure that would help...

Answer:Undo Administrator Account tied to a Microsoft Account

This tutorial tells you how to switch from a Microsoft account back to a local account. It may help.
Switch to Local Account in Windows 10

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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 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 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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Hi, I'm sorry I was using a Chinese version of windows 10 at work, so could not find much information about what I need.
My personal microsoft account somehow got linked to the windows 10 administrator account. If I create another administrator account and try to delete the original administrator account, it doesnt let me do it. I just want to delink my ms account from the computer.
Anyone has any clues?

Answer:Delinking Microsoft account from bulit in administrator account

The first account created, by default, will be a member of the administrators group. Is that what is concerning you? What do you mean by linked to the Windows 10 Administrators account? The built in main system administrators account is hidden and disabled by default.

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My wife has upgraded to Windows 10 and was using her login details with no problem.

When she needed to install a HP Printer Driver, a Microsoft Account was asked for. She couldn't remember her details so we used mine.

Now there is an Administrator account under my name and she doesn't have a login. The computer now seems to be setup for me rather than her.

We now have her Microsoft account details and would like to change the Administrator account to her.

We have tried adding a new login and have changed her to an Administrator, but this creates a whole new profile on the computer which we don't want.

Does anyone know how we can change this please?

Answer:Change Microsoft Account Details in Administrator Account

Hi Daryl, welcome to the Ten Forums.

It's quite easy in fact, simply switch the account in question first to a local account, then switch back to a Microsoft account, this time using your wife's MS account credentials.

Step 1: Local Account - Switch to in Windows 10 - Windows 10 ForumsStep 2: Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
Notice that before doing this you need to remove the new additional MS account on the PC, the one you created with her credentials. Windows allows only one user account for each email address, if the new account exists you cannot switch the original administrator account to an MS account using the same email address. Tutorial: User Account - Delete in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums


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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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Hey i have this problem msconfig recently disapeared from run command and i can't run it, also certain programs tell me i need to run as administrator to have permission but even when i try it won't let me doi it. i tried to run combofix before but it told me needed admin permission to fully complete or it will be uncomleted. And also when i run combofix even i am in safemode and all the antiviruses are disabled my real tome norton scanners are still on and i don't know how to stop them i think i might have some malware or virus or spyware that i don't know what it is.

DDS (Ver_2011-06-23.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_25
Run by angelo at 12:32:47 on 2011-08-20
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Basic 6.0.6002.2.1252.39.1040.18.1982.835 [GMT 2:00]
AV: Norton 360 *Enabled/Updated* {63DF5164-9100-186D-2187-8DC619EFD8BF}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: Norton 360 *Enabled/Updated* {D8BEB080-B73A-17E3-1B37-B6B462689202}
FW: Norton 360 *Enabled* {5BE4D041-DB6F-1935-0AD8-24F3E73C9FC4}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcss
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
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Answer:can't run msconfig and some programs or files need administrator even though I am the administrator on vista home basic

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sounds simple - but under users there is public and myname
all i want to do is change myname.
the little folder icon has a lock on it
home premium version
have changed computer name and account name.
thanks all

Answer:rename user account file name

This may help

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I want to change the name of the User Profiles.
I can change the "User Names" easily and have done so. Admin, User;

It is the path names I want to change:
c:/documents and settings/clinton
c:/documents and settings/compaq_owner

This, of course, is purely cosmetic.

If I could gain " System Access" and rename it-
would everything work correctly as if I had created new accounts and transferred all the data?

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So when you rename your Windows 7 account, it doesn't change the path name.

Like for an example:

C:\Users\OldName is still C:\Users\OldName

How can I make it change the path name for everything with out having to create a new account?

Answer:Renaming account doesn't really rename it?

Hello Zevoxa,

Creating a new account is the best method to do so, but the tutorial below can help show you how to properly rename your user profile folder's name.

User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name

Hope this helps,

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Hi, i just got a new laptop and my brother installed everything on it for me but he spelt my name wrong when naming the main user in the C drive. I can't seem to be able to rename the user folder i have tried many times. Everytime i get a message saying i need permission to perform this action and that i need permission from the SYSTEM to make changes to this folder, even though i am the administrator! It's really annoying me. Please help. E.g C:\Users\Wrong Name Here\RecentThanks so much.

Answer:Rename original default account in Windows 7

Make a new user with the correct name. Save your important personal data to a flash drive or usb drive and then delete the old user. Playing to the angelsLes Paul (1915-2009)

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i'm using vista OS in C drive there is users folder in which my name is appear, i want to rename it but when i right click on it the rename option doesn't appear. i already renamed my account from control panel-user account.

Answer:need directions to rename Vista user account

First, restart your PC to see if it has changed after the renaming you already did.If it didn't change, then try to rename it from C:\Users\{your user name}If it still does not work, create a new account with admin privileges for the name you want and then switch to this new account.Delete your previous account. Doing the above may be easier if you temporarily disable UAC. Please note disabling UAC requires a restart of the PC.Or better, wait for a better answer from other members of this elegant forum.Hope the above helps.RegardsSuatCINI

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I've recently installed Windows 8.1.
During Windows installation, I created my microsoft account but I can't change its type from guest to administator..
In the User Manager from Administrator account, this Microsoft account doesn't appear, so I can't manage it...

Any tips?


Answer:Primary account not in Administrator account list

Hello n4w4k, and welcome to Eight Forums.

While signed in to an administrator account, see if you may be able to use an option in the tutorial below to change your account to be an administrator type. You may need to use OPTION FOUR with an elevated command prompt though.

User Account Type - Change in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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Hey guys. Im having a problem with my computer!somehow my administrator account has turned to a guest account. Today I tried to unistall a program and it didnt let me saying i needed to be admin. . Also I tried turning it to admin by using cmd command but it says access not allowed.

Answer:My Administrator account turned to Guest account

Ok I have these

Administrator - Built-in account for administering the computer/domain

Guest - Built-in account for guest access to the computer/domain

Homegroupuser$ - Built-in account for homegroup access to the computer


VSA Server Account - Account for the Visual Studio Analyzer server components

I cant even unistall or delete simple things like shortcuts

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I recently logged onto my account about 2 days ago to finish a project. The music file I used for the account was could not be found and when I went to locate it I was told I didn't have administrator rights. I went to Control Panel because I was sure I was an Administrator, but sure enough, I was set as a Standard User. I tried changing it up but it wouldn't change. I tried changing the account name also, and it wouldn't change. I could only change account picture. I can't open UAC, I click it and it blinks but nothing opens.

I went online and tried these suggestions:

I deleted any recent program installations,
I booted in safe mode, however I was still not able to change my account,
I tried activating the hidden administrator account but I received an "access denied" message,
I tried creating a new account but I received the following message:

"The specified account name is not valid, because account names contain the following characters: /\[]":;|<>=+,?*

Please type a different name."

I didn't use any of those characters in the account name.
I ran 2 different virus scans, and they came up with nothing,
I turned the computer off, unplugged everything, and pressed the power button for 30 seconds, and rebooted, but still nothing!

My roommate shares this computer with me, and her account is still an administrator. However she has traveled and I haven't been able to get hold of her yet. We share music files and the file I ... Read more

Answer:I can't change a standard account to an Administrator Account!!!

You are going have to wait for your roommate...
Anything we could do would be consider hacking and that is against forum rules.

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I am wondering how do I get a administrator account on this computer. There is only a limited account and I can't get rid of certain stuff for them. Even in safe mode there is no administrator account. Is there a registry key you could give me to get a administrator account on here and make it the default account to boot with the logon process. The computer is on a network and it has Novell Client if you can figure out how to fix this problem it would be very much appreciated.

Answer:Limited account on the computer. There is no administrator account.

Very weird problem??

Are you able to create a new user profile with admin access?

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Hi, I've been caught at school playing games on my computer .. so they took it from me, they deleted all of the games, and they changed my user account into a standard account! Do they even have the RIGHT to do this? Anyways, I want to change my standard account into an administrator account There's another account on my laptop called "Iconnect". This is an administrator account, and it's password protected. Can I get into this account and change my account to administrator? Please help me as I'm on spring break and I wont go to school for another 2 weeks !

Answer:How can I change my standard account into an administrator account?

No one can help you here about this problem I'm afraid.......

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Hello all,

First post for me -- glad to have found this site. Extremely useful !!!

I've recently noticed that I've lost adminstrator account priviledges on both my laptops. I've got Windows 7 Home Premium edition. When I am logged in to my original account, which was set up as an Administrator account, and I go to Change Account Type, the "Standard User" button is active. When I click on the Administrator Account button to change it, the Apply button becomes greyed out. I have two accounts that were set up as Administrator and both show the same thing. Curiously, the account icons that show up on the login screen and on the control panel screens still carry the label "Administrator". Maybe this is normal for Windows 7, but if so, very confusing.

What I've tried so far:

1) Activated the built-in Administrator account, logged into it, tried to elevate the two accounts to Administrator with the same results above (becomes greyed out when I click on the Administrator account type button).
2) Ran virus/spyware scans using SpywareDoctor, Malwarebytes, and Windows Security Essentials. No serious threats found other than the cookies, etc. on SpywareDoctor scan. Malwarebytes and Security Essential scans were clean.
3) Started up in safe mode -- same result.

I originally noticed the problem due to the fact that Itunes would not update -- gave me the message that I didn't have administrator proviledges even though I was lo... Read more

Answer:No administrator account -- cannot change account type

At what level is the User Account Control?

(Open the start menu type uac and hit enter.)

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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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OK, i've seen this problem before, except in my case I can't fix it:

My main user account has disappeared from the welcome screen. I know all about pressing Ctr+Alt+Del twice and typing in your account and if that doesn't work, to use the "Administrator" account to enable your main account. The problem is that my administrator account doesnt even seem to have any administrator privelages... its just as useless as the guest account, or so it seems.

I don't know what to think. If i go to computer management and check out the users i see: Administrator, Guest, and some other SUPPORT_388... but not my main account.

IF i go to documents and settings, i see all the accounts, including administrator and guest and my main account. So what's happening?

help is greatly appreciated
EDIT: btw, i just looked at the size of the user folders in documents and settings and they appear to be empty.. is all my information still there. it looks like that my account has disabled, and all the files have no place. but how did it happen? a virus? i also just upated to SP2.

Answer:Main account gone and Administrator account useless

It's a longshot, but if they were not physically deleted, they may have "disappeared" due to drive corruption. In all likelihood they are lost forever.

But you might try running chkdsk on the drive and see if that finds and restores anything.

System Restore will not restore "My Documents", but it may restore other aspects of your User Account if you can run it.

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I hope this is the correct forum for this question.

I currently have Windows 7 32bit installed on one partition ( D: and I just installed Windows 7 (64bit) on another partition ( C:.

I log into Windows 7 64bit using Administrator BUT when I try to do things like move where the Administrators 'My Documents' folder is (I put user folders on a third partition) I get a message that I do not have permission and I should contact the administrator.

I AM the administrator. The only user account on the machine is Administrator. I have double checked that the account IS a member of the 'Administrators' group.

So, I am really confused.
How is the Administrator NOT an administrator ?

Any help/suggestions/ideas much appreciated.


p.s. Does anyone know how to get the 'swirly windows logo' back as the boot graphic ?
I had to do a restore on the 32bit install and now I just get this green bar when it is loading.


Answer:Administrator account isn't a 'real' administrator :(

Hello Angahran,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

The account that you create when installing is not a true administrator account. It is a standard user account with administrator privileges. There is a disabled true admin acct. but I don't recommend using it unless absolutely necessary.

Also 'My Documents' is not an actual folder, but a hard link used to point older programs to the correct folder to install whatever would have gone into the My doc folder, which is now called simply Documents. If you move that you'll create problems. Same for the other 'My ...' folders. They should be hidden unless you have 'Hide protected operating sys files' unchecked in folder options.

Hope this helps.


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Hello, until today I have had no problems, but a few minutes ago while trying to install real player (well, Real Alternative), I was told that due to being on a restricted account I could not install the software (no registry access). Even though I was on an administrator account (not THE administrator account), I figured it may just be that I needed to run the installer as the Administrator account, so I did... Unfortunately I also got the error telling me that I didn't have registry access rights...

Any suggestions?


Answer:No Administrator Rights on Administrator Account

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Hello Members
The OS system being used is Windows sever 2003 R2.

If a user has log in to the server on there account, and his/her rights are not administrative, and say during his use an application crashes, where does an administrator also login at the same time to gain access to administrative rights to
make any changes, or teminate applications (Task manager)?

Kind regards

Answer:How can i make administrator changes in a non administrator account?

You can hold down shift and right click on taskman.exe (in the windows folder), and select the 'run as' option.

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Windows 8.1 Administrator Account says Administrator but..

My laptop is working fine and perhaps I should leave well enough alone.
The issue came up I guess when I wanted to use the Metro Apps, I seldom do. I was getting an error, the infamous: abcde App cannot be opened using the Administrator account.
Note: Using Windows 8.1 Home Edition not Pro-cannot use secpol or gpedit and registry tweaks on LUA, Token and one other entry did not help.

Perhaps I am using the built in Administrator account, Not sure.

I do not want to create another Admin account and lose all my hard work, settings, icons in this profile , etc. I mainly 99.99% of the time use Desktop view (I use Start 8 - which is like Classic Shell to give that Windows 7 look and boots into Desktop view-no lectures please).

1. If I log in using the local acct, then I am okay and Metro apps will work

2. I was hoping for the best of both worlds and not have to log out of one into the other.
I attached a few screen shots where it says "Administrator" as the account name under my email address BUT in "properties" it says " Standard user" - and I cannot change such: grayed out.

Perhaps it does not matter as everything but metro apps under this account work perfectly.

Sorry-Long winded but I am tired.


Answer:Windows 8.1 Administrator Account says Administrator but..

Hello Peter,

If you are signed in to the built-in elevated "Administrator" account, then that would be why since modern apps do not work when either the user account or explorer is elevated.

As a test, sign out, and make sure that you are signed in to your "Peter" account to see how it your modern apps work.

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By default, when adding hotmail accounts on Outlook using EAS, the account got added with FULL HOTMAIL NAME:
[email protected]

There was a process by which the left pane of Outlook showed any Name that user wanted.

Now with reconnecting Hotmail account in Outlook (going to Exchange), the same situation of FULL HOTMAIL NAME in the left panel has come up.

The older process (with EAS) does not work.

Any ideas?


Answer:How to rename Hotmail account after reconnecting on Outlook 2013

When you say old process were you connecting to "Hotmail" as a POP account?

Mine shows exactly as yours does but even before I did the reconnect it showed that way.

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I renamed my account successfully user "X" in Windows 8.1 Pro by changing the name of the "X " folder with the name "Y" in the Manager files and renaming the Value data of the file in the Registry editor's ( HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ ProfileList \ S- 1-5-21-3191571139-445060046-1274765821-1005 -> ProfileImagePath ) .
However, I realize that the name associated with my User profile in the window named User Profiles (Control Panel -> User Accounts -> Configure advanced user profile properties ) is still the old name, it's to say "X".
Is there a way to rename my User profile once and for all with the new name, it's to say "Y", without deleting my actual account and make another one?
Thank you!

Answer:How to rename my User account in deep in Windows system?

Bottom line is it isn't safe, there are too many places that point to the registry entry and can fail when that entry changes. It is safer to create a new account and rename, THEN delete the old account. I went through this when installing a clean Win10. One of the accounts I created became corrupt and was unusable. I spent quite a bit of time with helpdesk and my answer is due to personal experience. :-)

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So we recently upgraded our server at work and moved to a domain from a workgroup. I migrated all the existing local user accounts to be associated with the new domain accounts which is all well and good, but the local profile folder is still named the same as the old local user account. Is there an easy way to change this to be the same as the new domain account? Or do I have to create a new local account with the correct name, copy the old profile data and then reassociate that profile with the new domain account?

Answer:Easiest way to rename a local profile folder to match new domain account?

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I have the same problem! can't delete accounts, rename accounts, change picture or type of account. I have one non-admin account and one administrator account (my guest account.) I can't change back or add/delete accounts, cannot switch guest account off, please help!! what should I do?! I have tried running "control userpasswords2" in start menu, but that does not work either. please help me...

Answer:guest account is now administrator account

This super adminstrator may be able to help.
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Forums
For Vista or Seven

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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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Hi i got relly bad problem with my vista. (Windows Vista Home Premium)
My admin account has changed to debugger account some how..why?..i dont know..
The worst part of this is that there is no other admin account so i cant accsess admin tools, i tried to log on as local admin with safe mode, i cant hit local admin on normal login becous the ctrl.alt.del dosent work on login screen
I have all ready tried cmd with few commands for ex.
"net localgroup administrator "my account name" /add"
but still it dosent work.
...please help...

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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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my guest account has been switch to administrator account.i've tried to switch it back and nothing happens.can someone tell me what to do.i've tried to switch myself back to administrator account but it keeps saying access denied,i did the command prompt it still access denied can someone help

Answer:guest account is now administrator account

Do a virus scan if nothing comes up format the drive and reinstall windows.

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It's apparently a lot safer to use a limited user account, and that's what I'm trying now, but it's also a pain-in-the-a$$.

I also don't understand why the XP installer forces you to create another admin account, when you could simply login as 'Administrator'.

You're supposed to login to the admin account to install everything, but when you do, in most cases, the shortcuts seem to only be created for the account you're logged into at the time. Very messy.

The list goes on, and these things have probably been discussed before, but why is there a single 'Program Files' directory, which all users have access to? Surely there should be a separate directory for each user, so user A cannot access programs installed by user B, unless of course it was meant to be shared?


Answer:Do you use a limited account, or an administrator account?

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I am trying to rename a user profile under C:\Users (I am logged into the Administrator profile on my computer), and am getting an error that the folder or file is in use, so I cannot rename it.

I have tried multiple options to fix it after researching online:
I tried ending the "explorer.exe" process, and then restarting it via "new task" in task manager. It was suggested that this would "unlock" the file or folder for a short period of time. It did not work for me.
I tried clearing both my recycle bin and my "Thumbnails" folders from Disk Cleanup. That also did not work for me.
I was going to try to disable thumbnail caching temporarily by following instructions online, but the computer was unable to locate "gpedit.msc".
Could anyone advise? This is a very important step of a process I'm being worked with on in a separate thread and I cannot proceed until I have renamed this file, and am afraid to restart the computer since I've just done a "takeown" command on this Administrator profile.

Answer:Unable to rename user profile folder under Administrator profile

Boot into Safe Mode and try again.

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Hi all,

to start I am not particularly adept with computers so please bare with me.

I am using an HP laptop running windows 10 home edition.

Today from nowhere i suddenly started having this issue,

When I try to rename a folder it tells me I cannot as folder is in use, even when i can find nothing using it or in any way connected, even directly after a restart. I then attempted to make a new folder and move the contents to the newly created folder with the correct name. This got about 40% through when it asked me to provide admin permission (which is not normal). I hit accept, it prepared to move files and then said I don't have permission, when this is my laptop and only has one account on it. I could not get it to continue so i cancelled to find half the files had moved and half had not. I was then found I was unable to further move any of the files, in either direction and also could not delete anything, always the same permission issue.

Even trying to rename a folder via command line said i didn't have permission.

"You require permission from DESKTOP-NFSUNT6\user to make changes to this folder"

After searching every forum and website I could find, nobody seems to have had exactly this issue, though it seems similar ones were commonplace on windows 7 (I've never used it myself) and after the better part of a day wasted i'm out of ideas.

I'm not sure if this is 1 issue or 2 separate ones but any help is greatly appreciated.



Answer:Why can't I rename or delete files and folders? Windows 10 home

Make sure you restart the computer by clicking the restart option from the power menu. Then:

How to take ownership of files and folders on Windows 10 | Windows Central

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Hi all,

to start I am not particularly adept with computers so please bare with me.

I am using an HP laptop running windows 10 home edition.

Today from nowhere i suddenly started having this issue,

When I try to rename a folder it tells me I cannot as folder is in use, even when i can find nothing using it or in any way connected, even directly after a restart. I then attempted to make a new folder and move the contents to the newly created folder with the correct name. This got about 40% through when it asked me to provide admin permission (which is not normal). I hit accept, it prepared to move files and then said I don't have permission, when this is my laptop and only has one account on it. I could not get it to continue so i cancelled to find half the files had moved and half had not. I was then found I was unable to further move any of the files, in either direction and also could not delete anything, always the same permission issue.

Even trying to rename a folder via command line said i didn't have permission.

"You require permission from DESKTOP-NFSUNT6\user to make changes to this folder"

After searching every forum and website I could find, nobody seems to have had exactly this issue, though it seems similar ones were commonplace on windows 7 (I've never used it myself) and after the better part of a day wasted i'm out of ideas.

I'm not sure if this is 1 issue or 2 separate ones but any help is greatly appreciated.



Answer:Why can't I rename or delete files and folders? Windows 10 home

Make sure you restart the computer by clicking the restart option from the power menu. Then:

How to take ownership of files and folders on Windows 10 | Windows Central

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I don't want my Windows Phone 8.1 syncing contacts to the cloud, and I read that this can be disabled if I set a Microsoft Account as secondary account. I've already reset the phone and skipped the initial sign-in page on the Windows Phone setup wizard you get after you first boot. I will add my accounts via Settings>Email+Accounts now.
So, if I have a home email server, can I use that account "[email protected]" as my primary email address and have contacts and what not "sync" there, and use my Microsoft Account to do the rest of the stuff on the phone (like app updates)?
And if I can use "[email protected]", will OneNote and OneDrive sync there?

Answer:Can I use home server email as primary account instead of MS account?

Go to Settings > email + accounts
Tap on each account name and uncheck the box for what you don't want synced there and check the box for what you do... I don't have any contact info synced to my Microsoft account. So long as the email client on your home server can perform the function, you should be good.

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I have only one account on my computer, and it's an administrator account.
However, I still have the "run as admin" option in the context menu. How come?

Often I get issues when running installations, because they don't have the necessary permissions until I run them as admin. But Windows already states I am an admin! That makes very little sense to me.

Answer:My administrator account isn't really an administrator

Ever since vista windows has used a dual token system of administrator security, the administrator actually runs as a normal user until elevated to full administrator status. this is a vastly more secure system than used by many home users in XP - the XP system meant that any malware that entered the system would run as a full administrator and could do untold system damage the Dual token system now in use limits any malware damage to a much reduced level, It's basically a semi auto method of the security used by professional users for many years even before XP

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ok here's my problem
my friend gave him a brand new pc with windows 8 installed as a gift
but he had previously set himself up as the administrator upon start up

so then i had him make another account for me
and made me the administrator
and after all that's done, i deleted his account.

but now even though my account type is administrator,
i can't even alter or save any documents in my c drive
as everytime i tried to do that it prompts me saying i don't have the right
to do such things because i'm not the administrator.

please help, this is driving me crazy.

ok sorry i should rephrase,
i can't alter or save documents or create new documents
"in my c drive folder"
to be exact
other documents can be as long as they're in sub folders under c drive

this is the part driving me crazy

and i don't even know if it is because of the situation aforementioned
in my previous post.

sorry for the confusion, but still need some professional help,

Answer:How to make my account the "true" administrator account?

Hello Mastachao, and welcome to Eight Forums.

This was the same in Windows 7 as well.

This is a security feature of Windows to protect it's system files and folders from being tampered with to prevent making Windows unstable.

Nothing can be saved from an external source directly into a Windows system folder. Instead, you need to save it to one of your user folders (ex: Desktop or Downloads), then save it into a system folder if you like and approve (UAC prompt) doing so.

For what you are wanting to do, it would be best to keep your documents either in your Documents library or "C:\Users\(user-name)\Documents" folder instead. This way you will not have any access rights issues.

Hope this helps,

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Recently started having issues with my laptop (it is about 3 years old). When I sign into my administrator account it takes a very long time to load up and when it finally signs on- nothing else happens. Some of the desktop icons show up but I cannot press or click on anything. BUT the guest account is perfectly fine. Someone suggested to me that I turn my guest account into administrator but I do not want to lose pictures, files, and music from my administrator account. PLEASE HELP!!

DDS (Ver_2011-06-23.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421
Run by Dede at 14:19:39 on 2011-07-23
Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Basic 6.0.6002.2.1252.1.1033.18.1978.913 [GMT -7:00]
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
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C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcs
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C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
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Answer:Administrator account is not working while guest account is working fine!

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No administrator user account in windows log on screen, i only see 2 users account, one is standard which is my account too and unknown account named "other users" how can i get it back?? help plss

Answer:Can't see my Administrator account

Hello Llan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you should be able to do a system restore at boot using a restore point dated before this happened to undo and fix it.

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When I was installing winXP pro, it asked for an administrator login and password ...

i put one in ...

and after everythign is installed, i go to user accounts from control panel, and what i entered in, is not there ....


Answer:Administrator Account

You only get to the Administrator account in Safe Mode, usually when something else goes wrong, so it's as well to store that password somewhere.

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Running windows XP Pro. On a Compag Presario 5000
Need to restore system, but can not log off the user account, there is no option to log on as administrator.
Any help would be greatly appreciated


Answer:Administrator Account

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hi, pls tell me how to log in to my administrator account. it recognizes my password but it says failed to log in to user profile and cannot log in to user account. i have another account (user) but it's limited.pls help

Answer:cannot log on to administrator account

Try doing a System Restore back to before the problem started."I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."

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i have a problem, i accidently change my administrator account to user with netplwiz, and now i cant't get access to any application because its need permmision like "do you want to allow this app to make change to your pc?" and i can't click yes because my administrator account get changed. So please help me to solve this!!!

Answer:administrator account

Hello DarkKhait

Welcome to TenForums!

You are not the first that this has happened to! The only way I know is to use the built-in Admin account to change it back. However, because you need to be an administrator to enable the built-in Admin account you have to use a special work around to activate it. It is found in option 4 of the following tutorial:

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Ok let me take a deep breath before I begin...

So this all started with running NewSID from SysInternals on my Vista64 machine. Yes I knew the risks, but it seemed 50/50 from what I had read on other forums around the Internet so I went ahead and took my chances with it.

Sure enough, NewSID hung up just like a lot of people said it would, and I was forced to kill the process and restart. NewSID seemed to do its job, as my PC thought it had been started for the first time, only some things were very odd.

My original Administrator account had been demoted to a guest account. This is the only account available at my log in screen. Looking under my Users folder, I see my old user account folder jakt, and a second folder called jakt.jakt-pc. (This is in the format of <user>.<domain>) All my data remains. Files are all there, programs all still run fine, drivers still intact. Under my Local Users and Groups in Computer Management, I see only two users in my Administrators usergroup. S-1-5-21-XXXXXXXXXX-XXXXXXX-1000 and S-1-5-21-XXXXXXXXXX-XXXXXX-500. I believe this is my previous SID before running the NewSID utility. No clue where this came from, or how to log in under this account, or if it is even possible to use this account.

So...after a few hours of messing around and unsuccessfully being able to restore my old account to Adminitrator priviledges, I figure I am just going to try and undo this entire operation.

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Answer:Administrator account gone...What to do now?

I've never used Vista but in XP the administrator account doesn't normally show up on the welcome screen. Once you create at least one other user account it disappears. You should still be able to log in as administrator if you wish though. At the welcome screen try hitting crtl=>alt=>del twice to bring up the classic login box. Then type in administrator for the user name and the password if you set one, leave it blank if you didn't and hit enter.

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One of our user changed their administrator account to a local account. I'm trying to change it back to an administrator account, but you are always asked to sign in as the administrator. Kind of like a catch 22 situations -- does any one have a suggestion?


Answer:Administrator Account

Welcome to the forum.

You would have to promote the account while using another admin level account, such as the built in Administrator account. A standard account cannot promote itself to admin level. The ability to do that would largely nullify the purpose of having standard accounts.

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i have a problem, i accidently change my administrator account to user with netplwiz, and now i cant't get access to any application because its need permmision like "do you want to allow this app to make change to your pc?" and i can't click yes because my administrator account get changed. So please help me to solve this!!!

Answer:administrator account

Hello DarkKhait

Welcome to TenForums!

You are not the first that this has happened to! The only way I know is to use the built-in Admin account to change it back. However, because you need to be an administrator to enable the built-in Admin account you have to use a special work around to activate it. It is found in option 4 of the following tutorial: Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

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How do I remove the file/folder security so that my other accounts can see and access the files I've created and downloaded under that account?

Answer:Administrator account.

in Pro

Folder Options > View: remove the check in the Simple file sharing box, then,
rt. click any folder/file & choose properties
& set settings

in Home you can only do this in Safe Mode

that being said here is a more detailed response

If you are using NTFS, you can boot into safe mode with Home edition and
then rt-click any file or folder and go to properties. Now you will have the
"Security" tab which gives you "Advanced File Permissions". You can place
check marks in the "Deny" boxes for everything you want to lock those users
out of or "allow" permissions for everything you want them to be able to
access, use "full control" to give them exactly as the name implies - full

I would suggest changing your users back to Administrator accounts, as I
have come across quite a few bugs when using Limited accounts. I also have
seem quite a few posts on this board reporting the same types of bugs - ie.,
Limited allows said users to access some programs, but not others. I have
seen .dll errors when launching programs as a Limited user as well - it even
went as far as corrupting the Administrator "master" account (the first
account listed when you installed the computer) - and started locking ME out
of random applications as well - well, it wasn't actually locking me out -
it was giving me various scripting, .dll, and runtime errors - I had to
re-install XP.

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