Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

Administrator Account Help

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8

    Administrator Account Help


    Hello, I just got Windows 8 and tried disabling the log-in screen. I went into "netplwiz" and obviously made some kind of mistake because now I seem to have lost my administrative powers.

    I can't download programs or access the "user accounts" tab in the control panel. Every time I try to do something that would require admin powers, I get a "user account control" prompt that tells me that if I, "want to allow the following programs to make changes to this computer," that I need to enter an administrator password and then click yes.

    But there is no text box to enter a password and the "yes" button is grayed out. My only option is to hit "no" or "show details."

    When I go into "PC Settings" and the "users" tab, it says that "there are no other users on this PC" and "Sign in as an administrator to add users to this PC." But how do I do that?

    I've tried going into the "run" operation and entered "net user administrator /active:yes" command, but nothing happens. I also tried entering "msconfig" but I ran into the same problem of not having admin powers to do that. I tried starting in safe mode by jamming shift and F8 but that didn't work either.

    Can anyone help me with this problem?

    I'm honestly thinking of just going back to Windows 7. I really liked that O/S and since I don't have a smart phone or tablet, I'm not really sure what advantages Windows 8 has over 7.

    Thank you for your time, any help is appreciated.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Parksn, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Well, you can't really blame Windows 8 for the honest mistake you made, but whatever OS works best for you.

    Could you post back with what all you did?

    It sounds like you may have changed your account type to be a "Standard" user instead of still being an "Administrator". If you open "User Accounts" from the Control Panel (icons view), does it show "Administrator" like below?

    Click image for larger version
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Haha, fair point Brink, I guess I am just a little frustrated at myself for messing things up!

    And in response to your question, no, it does not show "administrator" but "local account" and then "guest account" beneath that.

    Please tell me there is a way to change back to an administrator account.

    Thanks for the speedy reply. I await further instructions!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Also I tried the advice in the tutorial link you sent me, but for both methods I get that "user account control" prompt at around step 2. I don't have the option to enter an administrator password and can only press "no," and not allow the program to make changes to the computer.

    Looking at that link I think I know what I did wrong now. I did exactly what that pink warning box tells me not to do! Please tell me there is a way to undo my foolishness!

    Any help is appreciated, thanks again.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Ooof. Even worse, you changed your account to be a "Guest" account.

    Looks like you may need to do a clean install of Windows 8 at boot to sort it since you have no rights as a guest to refresh or system restore.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Wow, I just bought this computer yesterday and I already need a re-do! Thanks for the speedy replies Brink and thanks for the link. However I bought this computer yesterday and it came with Windows 8 already installed. There doesn't seem to be a Windows 8 CD in the box. And these tutorials seem to be for people that upgraded from Windows 7. Is there a way for me to do a clean install? Or am I better off taking it back to the store where I bought it?

    Also, I am not trying to shift the blame for this mess (it's all on me) but do you think in the future it might be a good idea to try to protect computer geniuses like me from themselves in the netplwiz file? Like if someone were about to do what I did, have a prompt come up that says something like "Hey numbnuts, you really don't want to do that." Or is this not a common enough problem?

    Thanks for your time.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yeah, it would be nice to get a warning message about that, or even better not allow you to do it if that's the only admin account.


    No worries though. What brand and model is your computer? I'll be happy to look up the instructions for how to do factory restore/recovery.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Awesome, thanks again Brink.

    It's a Fujitsu, FMV Lifebook.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    What series and model number is it?

    Fujitsu America - Support
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    I have just done a clean install and everything is as it should be! Thank you very much for all your help Brink. It's nice to know that Microsoft has set up such a great customer service system. Hopefully you'll never see me on here again!

    Have a good one!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Administrator Account Help
Related Threads
My administrator account isn't really an administrator in User Accounts and Family Safety
I have only one account on my computer, and it's an administrator account. However, I still have the "run as admin" option in the context menu. How come? Often I get issues when running installations, because they don't have the necessary permissions until I run them as admin. But Windows...
administrator account is gone in User Accounts and Family Safety
Ive Got A Problem Too You see i cant acces ,y adminitrator account because of the Users Account Management? I think i sign out my account then boom!! the administrator account is gone how do i fix that428364283642837
Solved I don't have administrator account in User Accounts and Family Safety
When I run any exe file with administrator rights I don't have any administrator account and the yes button is disabled. I see some posts in this forum but nothing work
Solved How to delete administrator account? in User Accounts and Family Safety
I accidentally made a Microsoft Account on windows 8. I deleted the account with microsoft, but when starting the pc there still a user (administrator) with the same deleted account name and requires password. I tried to remove the administrator account, to change it, etc, nothing works. Please...
guest account as administrator in User Accounts and Family Safety
Hi, I donīt know how, but it happens. I have two microsoft accounts, but these are only like standard users and only guest accout is set like administrator. There is no way to change it. I try safe mode, netplwiz but access denied. Is there some other reason like clean install? Thank You for...
Solved I can't use administrator account in User Accounts and Family Safety
Hi guys: all users on my laptop are standard, now I want to install program, I couldn't. how to change the user type to be administrator through standard user to be able to install and uninstall programs.:cry:
Windows administrator account in General Support
Hi, I need help and i have few clarifications. I have an administrator account created for Window 8. #1 Q: How do i manage the Pop up for UAC? Everytime i run app/install app, it asks for username and password for admin. But i am sure, the account is an admin account? #2 Q: How come come...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook