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  1. #1


    Texas
    Posts : 128
    Win 8.1, Win 10P, Win7-all, RIP XPP, 'droid 2.2, 2.3,4.x, 5..IOS,

    last shot before clean re-install - botched builtin Admin


    gang I have seen this movie before and cannot recall how I solved.
    I have a "new" laptop via a reseller. it has a factory-loaded windows 8 pro.
    it works fine - now upgraded to 8.1.
    however there is a huge security "hole" which I cannot live with.
    Enabling the builtin Administrator account, it demands a password though the Builtin Administrator account has clearly never been 'first-run' - never setup, has no entries, it is virgin.
    Checked with the reseller, and they are clueless - they say it is impossible. Its not. seen this on Windows 7 and 8

    is there a solution other than deleting the partition and starting from scratch?

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Maybe as in the pictures---

    netplwiz

    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version

    If it asks for your password you are SOL.
    Last edited by David Bailey; 07 Dec 2014 at 18:31.
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  3. #3


    Texas
    Posts : 128
    Win 8.1, Win 10P, Win7-all, RIP XPP, 'droid 2.2, 2.3,4.x, 5..IOS,


    thank you for responding.
    I decided it wasn't trustworthy so killed all the partitions, loaded 8.1.1 from created dvd.
    took less time than fighting it, in the end...

    pretty clever btw... apparently MS has a database of factory-imaged systems somewhere 'cause it figured out what key to use
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  4. #4


    It's probably OEM version of Windows you have and uses BIOS to activate.
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