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Administrator problem - password required

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    Windows 8

    Administrator problem - password required


    I mistakenly changed my Windows 8 status from Administrator to standard. Now I need to get it back - there are no other users on my computer. Any help would be appreciated.

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Mary,

    You might see if you may be able to enable the built-in Administrator account either in Safe Mode or at boot. Afterwards, you should be able to sign in to that account, and change your user account type back to Administrator.

    If there's any other password protected administrator account on the computer, it's not going to let you do this though.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Windows 8


    Shawn, I'll try the safe mode route and let you know how I get on...
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    Windows 8


    Unfortunately, it wanted me to be an administrator before I could get to the Administrator account. Not to worry - it looks like my only option is to reinstall Windows.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    If this is a Windows 8 upgrade copy, then you could use this below instead of having to reinstall the previous OS first.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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    Posts : 10
    Windows 8


    thanks for that Shawn - I'm willing to try anything at this stage, but I'm not keen on losing all my program installs! I'll let you know how I go
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