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Guest account no admin rights


winjf

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#1
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
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1

stringjunky

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#2
Have you tried going into 'safe mode' to see if the hidden admin account is enabled?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire ES1-512-CSYW
    CPU
    Intel Celeron N2840 @ 2.16GHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Aspire ES1-512 BIOS: Insyde Corps V1.07
    Memory
    4GB DDR3L SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD
    Internet Speed
    10Mb/s 3 Network HSPA+
    Browser
    IE11 and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

KYHI

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#3
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

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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)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB

stringjunky

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#5
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?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire ES1-512-CSYW
    CPU
    Intel Celeron N2840 @ 2.16GHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Aspire ES1-512 BIOS: Insyde Corps V1.07
    Memory
    4GB DDR3L SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD
    Internet Speed
    10Mb/s 3 Network HSPA+
    Browser
    IE11 and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

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