All Administrator Accounts have been changed to Standard Accounts

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by NDanielle, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. NDanielle

    NDanielle Guest

    Hello All,
    I recently started getting access denied errors to basic folders like
    MyDocuments/My Pictures.

    After some digging I realized that ALL my account, which were
    Administrators, have been changed to Standard Accounts but they still show as
    Administrator accounts at the login - but in Control Panel / Accounts they
    say Standard.

    I enabled the System Administrator account at the command prompt and I can
    work from that - however even in the system administrator account I cannot
    change the 'standard users' back to administrator.

    1. I assume some major corruption happend
    2. A virus got to me?

    I checked the event viewer to see if anything happend but can't decipher
    anything major that went on.

    1. How would this happen (I've seen many posts where this has occurred) -
    what's the root to this problem.

    2. If you disable UAC does that change everyone to Standard? That would be
    silly but it could be.

    3. Dang - this sucks - but rock on Vista!

    Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

    I do not need a fix other than how to change stuff back so I don't have to
    go moving a ton of files around.

    Thanks Much!
    NDanielle, Jun 15, 2008
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  2. NDanielle

    LeftFoot Guest

    It seems to be pretty common that turning off UAC and doing other things to
    make Vista more XP-like can lead to some pretty strange issues. I have no
    idea whether or not seeing all of your admin accounts become standard
    accounts is related to that.

    You said that you can't change them back to admin status from the built-in
    admin account, but you didn't specify whether or not you could create another
    (new) admin account.

    I was also curious as to whether or not you have used the group policy
    editor on this system.

    I'll try to be helpful, but don't get your hopes up. I'm more curious than

    LeftFoot, Jun 18, 2008
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  3. NDanielle

    NDanielle Guest

    Yes - I enabled the System Administrator account at the command prompt and
    working from that. I didn't try to create another Admin account - I'll try
    that - good t-shooting idea LeftFoot!

    PS - you are bright.
    NDanielle, Jun 18, 2008
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