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Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

  1. #20


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Guiri,

    While trying to boot to a command prompt at boot, you would have to first select and enter a password for any local administrator account on the PC to be able to. Afterwards, you'll be able to follow this tutorial to enable the built-in Administrator.

    Hope this helps.

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  2. #21


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    OK, thanks for the clarification, but I imagine that if the 'normal' administrative account cannot log in to Windows, it will not be possible to boot to a command prompt with that same ID and password either?

    In other words: it's best to activate that administer account before any problems with the normal account happen?
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  3. #22


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    It depends on what the issue is with the normal administrator, but it certainly is possibly to not be able to use it's password if the user account is corrupted.

    It would indeed be best to enable the built-in Administrator before you have any problems to make sure you will have it available if needed. In addition, I would recommend to rename the built-in "Administrator" before enabling it, and after enabling it to create a strong password for it to prevent others from being able to sign-in to it.
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  4. #23


    Posts : 28
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    OK, thanks Shawn, it's on the todo list.
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  5. #24


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome.
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  6. #25


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    EXCELLENT article! I had spent hours trying to sort this problem out and made the mistake of first looking at the Microsoft website which turned out to be useless. Linking my user account to my Microsoft Live account meant that the only activated administrator account on my PC was deactivated! Not sure why there is not a warning that admin accounts are automatically changed to a standard account (or I missed the message) when this is done. A number of other problems are now fixed or explained. Thanks for your help.
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  7. #26


    Carleton, Skipton
    Posts : 51
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 (x64 bit)


    Didn't help me. Disliked.
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  8. #27


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Benjamin,

    Please provide some more details about your situation and how and what you are trying to do to see what we may be able to do to help.
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  9. #28


    Posts : 15
    win 8


    i am unable to unlock-enable my 'built-in administrator account.
    i have win 8. i don't think it is Pro. it is mentioned as windows 8 single language.

    so, i cannot access lsurmgr.

    i couldn't use the command prompt method too, using net user administrator /active:yes
    the message i got was: 'user name could not be found'


    when i tried to use the registry change method, i couldnot load the hive.
    on selecting the file SAM, the message that came was 'this file is in use' ....

    so, what do i do NOW?
    could you help please ?

    regards
    biren
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  10. #29


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by biren View Post
    i am unable to unlock-enable my 'built-in administrator account.
    i have win 8. i don't think it is Pro. it is mentioned as windows 8 single language.

    so, i cannot access lsurmgr.

    i couldn't use the command prompt method too, using net user administrator /active:yes
    the message i got was: 'user name could not be found'


    when i tried to use the registry change method, i couldnot load the hive.
    on selecting the file SAM, the message that came was 'this file is in use' ....

    so, what do i do NOW?
    could you help please ?

    regards
    biren
    Hello Biren, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    What accounts does it show in Control Panel -> User Accounts -> Manage another account?

    Please go ahead and post a screenshot of the elevated command prompt using the net user administrator /active:yes command to see if something may stand out.

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    Last edited by Brink; 11 Dec 2013 at 23:21. Reason: added quote
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