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Administrator Password

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by Seleen View Post
    It happened a couple of weeks ago and I can't really remember exactly what I did but I think I ran the Administrator account from the Advanced Startup and after a long long setup I was able to use the netplwiz to give admin access to my other account.

    I also recall running a system restore to a couple of days prior to make sure it wasn't related to anything I had installed.

    I think running the system restore was what actually fixed the entire issue as after I rebooted from the sys restore back into the normal desktop I was able to log in with full administrator right to my original account and then ran netplwiz again to make sure all of my accounts had admin access. Everything has been normal since.
    Okay, thank you. I will run System Restore then.

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  2. #12


    I finally had a chance this morning to try to fix the administrator password issue per various suggestions in this thread.

    First, I tried to perform system restore back to a valid restore point. I could not do that because Windows 8 said that I was not an administrator, could not access system restore.

    Second, I then tried to boot up in Safe mode. It took a while to figure out how to boot into Safe mode. Once I was in Safe mode, I went to Control Panel and user Account. Sure enough, my login privilege was set to Standard, no longer as an Administrator. I set it back to Administrator and restart. Once PC boot up, I login and check my account status. It was still set to Administrator. Everything back to normal .

    If Safe mode did not work, I will try Refresh or Reset Windows 8. That would be my last resources.

    Thank you for all the help.

    Ching-Ho Cheng
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  3. #13


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Hey, "lcc014:" - Was your account connected to a Skydrive account? Or are you using a Local Account? If Skydrive, see if you are still logged in to it under PC Settings.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8 Pro w/ Media Center 64bit


    I'm glad you got all that fixed Cheng!
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Hey, "lcc014:" - Was your account connected to a Skydrive account? Or are you using a Local Account? If Skydrive, see if you are still logged in to it under PC Settings.
    It wasn't connected to any Skydrive account. It is a local account. It got into this password issue for no reason.
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  6. #16


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Merge it into your Skydrive account and I'll bet the problem stops.
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  7. #17


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    In Windows 7 you could get into a "Hidden administrator account".

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

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Last edited by Brink; 21 Apr 2013 at 18:39. Reason: updated with current tutorial here
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  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    In Windows 7 you could get into a "Hidden administrator account".

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

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Yes, Windows 8 can do that too. My issue was much worst than that. No way to get into hidden administrator account at all. This was because account was downgraded to "standard" for no reason/by itself from administrator. There is no way to access the hidden administrator account.
    Last edited by Brink; 21 Apr 2013 at 18:39. Reason: tutorial link
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Merge it into your Skydrive account and I'll bet the problem stops.
    Problem had been fixed via Safe mode. Are you saying that it may happen again for no reason ? What is Skydrive account ?
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  10. #20


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    It's the default account for Windows 8, it would have asked you to set it up during install or original user setup. If you have any kind of Windows Live account, like Hotmail or Technet, or Windows Live Mail, then you already have a Skydrive account, just go to the Skydrive page and log in with your Hotmail/Windows Live Mail or MS Technet credentials.

    But what you are saying is your problem was a degraded account? I don't know if it will happen again, but if you merged your Skydrive account into your Windows 8, it'll always be Administrator level.
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