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Guest account no admin rights

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1

    Guest account no admin rights


    Hi,
    I bought a laptop withWindows 8.1 for my wife and thought I would set it up with a guestaccount and then change it a normal user account after it was up andrunning. Unfortunately, I had not realised just how restricted theuser accounts are compared with W7.


    So, my problem is thatwith this guest account I cannot do anything to create a normal useror admin account. I have spent hours and hours on various forumsfollowing supposed fixes without luck. Every solution that I haveread requires that you have a more rights than a guest account to fixthe problem... so a real catch 22 me thinks. I have long converted toAndroid and is a brilliant compared to windows.


    Is anyone aware of asolution that works bearing in mind that with a guest user account Icant really do anything that requires any sort of permission. Noteven a reset/refresh, basically locked out!
    Thanks in advance

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  2. #2


    Yellow Belly
    Posts : 178
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Have you tried going into 'safe mode' to see if the hidden admin account is enabled?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Download and create windows media (link in sig below)
    Insert created media into drive and then "restart" your pc
    as pc is starting up - keep tapping F12 - to get into boot options
    select the USB or cd/dvd media you just created as you boot choice
    once you get to the INSTALL screen hit F10 to bring up a command prompt

    Type> C:\windows\system32\net user administrator /active:yes

    reboot into windows and see if you now have administrator account login

    if not, go back to command prompt

    type> C:\windows\system32\powercfg-h off

    restart back into command prompt again and then

    type> C:\windows\system32\net user TEST /add /passwordreq:no

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    C:\windows\system32\powercfg-h off (turns hibernate off and removes saved fast start up file)

    C:\windows\system32\net user administrator /active:yes (should enable default administrator account)

    C:\windows\system32\net user TEST /add /passwordreq:no ( should create a new TEST user account without password)
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Hi thanks for the replies. Managed to get back through safe mode. That was the only method I did not try.
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  5. #5


    Yellow Belly
    Posts : 178
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Quote Originally Posted by winjf View Post
    Hi thanks for the replies. Managed to get back through safe mode. That was the only method I did not try.
    Nice one. What did you do so that anyone reading this thread might find it useful in future?
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