I deleted the administrator account

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by ml, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. ml

    ml Guest

    I changed the administrator account to a standard user by accident, so now I
    ended up without an administrator account. How can I set up an administrator
    account again?
     
    ml, Feb 17, 2008
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  2. Ml

    If there are no administrator accounts configured on the system, you can
    boot to Safe Mode and the Built-in Administrator account will be available
    to log on. You can use this account to create another administrator account
    or change the Standard account back to an administrator.

    Restart the computer and start pressing the F8 key as soon as it starts to
    initialize. You will get a black screen menu. Use the Arrow keys to select
    Safe Mode and press Enter. The account 'Administrator' should appear at the
    login screen. Select this account. There is no password associated with this
    account, by default.
     
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Feb 17, 2008
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    Daymarr Guest

    But what if the administrator account is disabled?
     
    Daymarr, Feb 18, 2008
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  4. Daymarr

    Do you mean the Built-in Administrator account? If so, it is supposed to be
    disabled, by default. It will still show up in Safe Mode, but only if there
    are no other administrator account on the system.

    If you meant that if there is another normal administrator account on the
    system that has been disabled or hidden by the user, then no, the built-in
    administrator account will not show up in safe mode.
     
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Feb 18, 2008
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  5. ml

    ml Guest

    Hi. thanks for the response.

    I can't get to Safe mode by pressing F8. I am using a Mac, pre-installed w/
    Mac OS, and running Windows on top of Parallel.

    Is there any other way to get to safe mode..?

    thanks,

    Michelle
     
    ml, Feb 18, 2008
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  6. Hi Michelle

    Sorry, I'm clueless when it comes to the MAC?

    Someone else here may be able to help.
     
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Feb 18, 2008
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    HDJ80 Guest

    I did the same and even Safe Mode did not display the Hidden Admi
    account.... which made me think that there was still a hidden Admi
    Account somewhere in there as apparently the Hidden Admin account wil
    only become apparent after all others are gone???? Anyway I checke
    the Special Accounts in the Registry and ther was a logmein accoun
    created when we trialed logmein at logmein.com It downloads an
    installs an Admin account with remote login and password that you set..
    So I Logged in remotely using RDP to the Vista box using the logmei
    Admin account created a couple Admin accounts and all fixed :-
    Try and install logmein... Hopefully you will be able to without bein
    a administrator???
    I was very lucky......
     
    HDJ80, Jul 8, 2008
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    Nonny Guest

    Look at the date of the post you replied to and ask yourself if anyone
    is even following the thread anymore.

    FIVE previous posts... ALL of them posted on either FEBRUARY 17 OR 18.

    NOTE ALSO... EVERY previous post came from a "guest". Know what that
    means? The thread didn't even originate on the system you are using.
    It came from outside that system.
     
    Nonny, Jul 8, 2008
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  9. I don't know if this will help anyone...but when I first got confuse
    with this administrator vusiness I was poking around everywhere tryin
    to figure out how to gain access to use the cmd prompt. I tried a lot o
    things, and nothing worked. It still said I needed elevated status. I
    you click on all programs, assessories and then right click on comman
    prompt when it comes up, it will give you the option to run a
    administrator. I was completely new to Vista, and I was trying t
    release and renew my IP address. I was confused b/c I was finding Ru
    and right clicking on that and the option to run as administrator wasn'
    there, but if you go through all programs and assessories it is..

    NGG;
     
    Newglasgowgirl, Jul 17, 2008
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    jcosindc Guest

    While in UAC, after creating a User Account with Administrativ
    privileges, I deleted the UAC named "Administrator." I no longer hav
    access to "Documents and Settings" and various other folders. I hav
    tried booting to Safe Mode, but there is not an "Administrator" login t
    choose from, only the created Named Administrator appears. If I try t
    re-create the "Administrator" in the UAC, I get the message that th
    "Administrator" already exists. How do I get this User back? Do
    follow the CMD instructions to "Enable" an Administrator account
     
    jcosindc, Apr 29, 2010
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    Twowheeler Guest

    I had to log into the .cmd command the other day when I did that m
    ADmin user account had been corrupted, and I couldn't log in under it.
    did the following
    1. I went into my wifes "STANDARD USER" account and clicked on the star
    button them typed: "CMD" without the quotes
    2. When the .cmd command line came up in the list I right clicked on it
    then clicked on "Run as ADministrator. Then hit Enter
    3. Type: net user administrator /active:yes. Hit Enter
    4. The command line will tell you if you successfully enter the Syntax
    If so at the next line type: "exit" (without the quotations
    Now you can go in and create another User Administrator account usin
    your hidden Administrator
    5 Once created don't forget to go in undr your new user Admin accoun
    and re-hide your Built in Admin Account
     
    Twowheeler, May 17, 2010
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  12. ml

    Twowheeler Guest

    I had to log into the .cmd command the other day when I did that my
    ADmin user account had been corrupted, and I couldn't log in under it. I
    did the following:
    1. I went into my wifes "STANDARD USER" account and clicked on the start
    button them typed: "CMD" without the quotes.
    2. When the .cmd command line came up in the list I right clicked on it,
    then clicked on "Run as ADministrator. Then hit Enter.
    3. Type: net user administrator /active:yes. Hit Enter.
    4. The command line will tell you if you successfully enter the Syntax.
    If so at the next line type: "exit" (without the quotations)
    Now you can go in and create another User Administrator account using
    your hidden Administrator.
    5 Once created don't forget to go in undr your new user Admin account
    and re-hide your Built in Admin Account.
     
    Twowheeler, May 17, 2010
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