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How to recover administrator account

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    windows 7

    How to recover administrator account


    I changed my administrator account to user account to enable me not to type the password at the log in, and now I no longer able to get the administrator account ... is there any way to get except re installing windows again...thanks in advance.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Baccaraty,

    If you do not have an administrator account available on the computer to sign in to, then you may just be looking at having to do a clean install of Windows 8.

    You could try doing a system restore at boot using a restore point (if available) dated before you made this change to hopefully undo it.

    The tutorial below can help show you how to set Windows to automatically sign in to an user account at startup afterwards.

    Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    windows 7


    Hello Shawn, thanks for your reply... I tried before to find system restore but there is no way to find it sadly it looks as I have no choice other than re install windows again...
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  4. #4


    Posts : 6
    windows 7


    I tried all what I can do... but I had no choice, reformat and re-install windows 7 and then re-install windows 8.. as usual what I expect from microsoft ...
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  5. #5


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You can do a clean install with your upgrade copy of Windows 8. No need to install Windows 7 first, then upgrade.

    Clean Install - Windows 8
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  6. #6


    Posts : 6
    windows 7


    Thanks for your input..
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  7. #7


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome. I hope the installation goes smoothly for you.
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  8. #8


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You're welcome. I hope the installation goes smoothly for you.

    instead of spending whole day reinstalling windows, u can simply boot to safe mode and enable admin. u will be able to log in.
    Last edited by Brink; 26 Mar 2013 at 13:38. Reason: removed unneeded comment
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  9. #9


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello staigtg, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Unlike in previous Windows, Windows 8 will not let you boot into Safe Mode or a command prompt at boot unless you are able to provide an administrator's password first by default now. Since Baccaraty no longer as an administrator account, this would be hard to do.

    Safe Mode - Start Windows 8 in


    Command Prompt - Boot to at Startup in Windows 8


    I only recommended a clean install based on his post above so he could just install W8 instead of having to install W7 first and upgrade to W8.
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