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  1. #11

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


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  2. #12

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    I just ran the command and signed out and then signed in admin - no reboot required
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  3. #13

    Maybe I'm missing something. Here is what I did.

    Booted from an Windows ISO.

    When the install screen came up, I selected shift + F10 to get to the command prompt.

    Entered net user administrator /active:yes and it said "The command completed successfully".

    Entered exit.

    Note: I think its at this point maybe I'm doing something wrong.

    I removed the dvd.

    Rebooted into bios to change it to boot from the OS. Otherwise it will ask for media in the dvd drive.

    It is here that I get the log in screen for my account which is an admin account. There is only one, which I already had. When I log in, I check for the additional admin account in UAC I just activated and its not there. I have done this on 2 PCs with Windows 8.1 at my house.

    Another Note: I was logged in as administrator on a PC with Vista. Used command prompt (run as administrator) and did it. When I went into control panel UAC, there was now an additional admin account with no password.

    Am I missing something when I do the Windows 8 machines?
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  4. #14

    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    C:\Windows\System32\cmd net user administrator /active:yes

    try that..

    so that it uses the c\windows directory and not the media.. but I would think a dvd would pull an error as it is read only

    if you set DVD as first Boot device and there is no bootable media, it will go to the next option in the bios setup
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  5. #15

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    On my win8.1 I just ran the command from desktop mode, signed out and the signed in as "administrator"

    But you are booting from media and you may have to add c;windows so it know where to run the settings..
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  6. #16

    When I boot to the dvd and click shift + F10, my command prompt starts with x:\Sources>

    Not sure how to put in what you said : C:\Windows\System32\cmd net user administrator /active:yes
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  7. #17

    I'm thinking that I have to use the dvd. I can't get to an elevated cmd on desktop without a password.

    So, I have tried to do it but I just can't seem to figure it out how to do the command.
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  8. #18

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    cd c\windows\system32
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  9. #19

    Well, I was finally able to execute the command when booted from the media. It said it was successful. Checked UAC and the admin account is not there.

    If I boot normal, with no media, and log in as administrator, execute the command, a new admin account shows up in control panel.

    I have followed the tutorial as well for doing this. It just will not work and I am clueless as to why. I know it works or there would not be a tutorial for it on this site.
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  10. #20

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    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD

    Quote Originally Posted by copiman View Post
    So, after a clean install, the only thing on the PC will be the OS?
    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    That's it.. You'll have to download the OEM drivers and load your own programs
    Windows 8.1 is very much hardware complete at install time.
    Windows Update will provide updated drivers if you set automatic updates on.
    There are however, some drivers (addtil thermal protection and acceleration driveguard, in my case that I had to vist HP to install.)

    My printers all installed from what Windows had.

    The only thing you should have on a stick before a clean install are your network drivers. This is a failsafe measure so you can connect if the wired or wireless devices don't get installed for some reason.

    And yes, you will have to install any programs you use.

    Which tutorial di you follow?
    Please fill in your system specs on the forum so we don't have to play 20 questions - thanks.

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