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Windows 8 Administrator [The Perfect Damaging Loop]

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Administrator [The Perfect Damaging Loop]


    Well, my computer appears to be trapped in this perfect destructive loop. There exist no administrator accounts on my computer, and administrator access is required to elevate an account to administrator. Administrator access is also (apparently) required to use the command prompt to enable the built-in admin account that comes with the system. I've tried refreshing and reformatting my computer as well, but it appears admin access is required for that as well. Obviously, this is a very bad scenario. From what I can see, if a virus gets hold on my computer, I will be helpless to defend against it in any way.

    This is all essentially my fault; I removed administrator access from my own account in order to set up 'family safety' options so I would force myself to go to bed earlier. Is there any possible fix, or am I doomed?

    Thanks!
    - Sectus.

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  2. #2


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    Yes. Force it into Safe Mode and correct your mistake.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Windows 8 doesn't seem to want to start in safe mode. Whenever I try to use start up settings, it just functions like a normal restart and sends me to the log in page.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    I just tried booting from Safe Mode with several methods, using the control panel to get there and trying the shift + F8 method. None of these seem to work, which leads me to believe you need admin to access it as well. Is there perhaps a way to force my computer to give me admin?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Support would be appreciated.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    This issue still isn't solved.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Retail Windows or Pre-installed?
    A clean install may be in order.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 454
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    This is pretty bizarre. I thought Microsoft was still encouraging people to run as non-Admins, but doing so has resulted in you being locked out of Admin access? Just wow.

    I've always ignored their advice and used admin accounts, but on the subject of the built-in Admin account, I wrote this just yesterday:

    Solutions for backing up and restoring system drive
    As I recall, Microsoft surreptitiously disabled the hidden admin account that was formerly accessible pre-Vista with double-Ctrl+Alt+Del, which is what kept me out of the Vista system when my profile drive died; see, I wasn't even moving the entire Users folder, just my own Profile folder, and I was shocked double-Ctrl+Alt+Del didn't work when I needed it. Even though I stopped moving my profile folder after that experience, since then, I've always created a secondary admin account in case something goes wrong with the main one. I mainly use it when the Explorer icons get corrupted so I can delete my IconCache.db without having to kill Explorer.exe, but I like having it as a fail-safe above the system imaging level.


    When I was refreshing my memory about double+Ctrl+Alt+Del, I ran across this Raymond Chen post from 2005:

    The double-Ctrl+Alt+Del feature is really a kludge - The Old New Thing - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    He was wrong then, and apparently they've made things even worse. Although I don't like seeing it when I boot up, and I preferred "the kludge", I think the secondary admin account I've been creating should be considered mandatory, and Windows should warn you if there isn't at least one admin account you can access.
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  9. #9


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    try option 2 from here Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
    to enable the built in administrator account at boot time. Then you should be able to change your profile back.
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  10. #10


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    try option 2 from here Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
    to enable the built in administrator account at boot time. Then you should be able to change your profile back.
    sorry but this will not work since he has no administrator right.
    Try this thread for the exact same problem:
    Deleted admin account in Win 8.1 update. How to restore?
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