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  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by Vadikan View Post
    @Tonchi
    There's no reason to get angry, because so far you're getting exactly what you asked for. It's just you expected different results

    Disabling or even completely messing up the built-in Administrator has no effect on other accounts. Since you're having issues, I suspect you linked your MSFT account to the built-in Administrator, and then disabled the latter. So you have to re-enable it, and there are two ways:

    1. Use the administrative account you created during Windows installation. Unless you used the answer file, there must be such account, because the built-in Administrator is disabled otherwise. This is basically what Shadowjk suggests, if I read it correctly

    2. If you've managed to delete or disable the administrative account created during installation, follow MrShowdown's advice. In a non-domain environment, the built-in Administrator account is indeed gets re-enabled temporarily in Safe Mode, but only if there are no other active administrative accounts.

    If you still need help, please post the:
    • results of the net user command
    • screenshot of C:\Users open in Explorer
    As the OP stands, the currently used Un-elevated admin account has lost it's admin right. So, currently there is no other admin except the built-in elevated administrator account.
    Also, we may also need netplwiz ​screenshot.

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    As the OP stands, the currently used Un-elevated admin account has lost it's admin right.
    What is un-elevated admin account exactly?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    So, currently there is no other admin except the built-in elevated administrator account.
    Looks like a guess to me rather than a fact. Can you enlighten me how you came up with this conclusion?
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by Vadikan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    As the OP stands, the currently used Un-elevated admin account has lost it's admin right.
    What is un-elevated admin account exactly?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    So, currently there is no other admin except the built-in elevated administrator account.
    Looks like a guess to me rather than a fact. Can you enlighten me how you came up with this conclusion?
    1. Any admin account that is not a Built-in Administrator account. Built in Admin will never receive any UAC prompts, while other admins that is not built in still receives UAC prompts.(Applicable only if UAC hasn't been altered).

    2. UAC prompts from OP requests password when there is no password textbox to be typed, anything that needs admin permission shows "Permission Denied" (try reading post #7).
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  4. #14


    England, Northamptonshire
    Posts : 536
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard


    ShowDown is correct, This is why I suggested booting into safe mode since the disabled elevated Administrator will appear since there is no other Administrator account on the system as noticed by the UAC prompt not showing a user to enter a password:

    Quote Originally Posted by Flavius
    information   Information
    Theoretically if you don't have any administrator account, the built-in Administrator account should be available in safe mode (see also related articles). Sometimes due to any identified reason, the built-in Administrator may not to be available in safe mode.

    This tutorial will help you to log on to the built-in Administrator in this case in Vista and Windows 7. It may also help if you forgot your admin password and you don't have a password reset disk.
    More information here - Built-in Administrator - Enable from WinRE - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Josh
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  5. #15


    Croatia
    Posts : 26
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    Thank you guys on your time, but I have decided to format main partition and install Windows again. I have f****d something and I was not even able to boot Windows. I was getting blue screen with error something like: "CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED" and it was constantly restaring and BSODing again. Fortunatlly for me, I have moved all my projects to other partition and I have on that partition most important installations like: Visual Studio, MS Office, Sql Server and Visio. This is smart move for me because I won't need to go to MSDN and download those again. And now I have switched to Windows 8 Enterprise. Since I have MSDN subscription, I have downloaded and installed Windows 8 Enterprise because I want to learn the difference between Enterprise Edition and Pro Edition.

    But most important, I have learned my lesson. Don't mess up with permissions on Windows 8
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  6. #16


    England, Northamptonshire
    Posts : 536
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard


    I'm sorry you had to reinstall, permissions alone done normally cause blue screens from my knowledge. It may be malware that could be causing this... Either way it is gone

    I will get this thread to be marked as solved however if you still have further queries regarding to this issue then please do not hesitate to ask

    Josh!
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  7. #17


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    Posts : 26
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    Don't worry. Since I am developer, I know that there is no software that can be perfect. It's good to learn something new.
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  8. #18


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    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    As the OP stands, the currently used Un-elevated admin account has lost it's admin right.
    Quote Originally Posted by Vadikan View Post
    What is un-elevated admin account exactly?
    1. Any admin account that is not a Built-in Administrator account. Built in Admin will never receive any UAC prompts, while other admins that is not built in still receives UAC prompts.(Applicable only if UAC hasn't been altered).
    Ok, I hear you, but there's no such thing as "un-elevated admin". All administrative accounts are equally capable of elevation. Yes, there's a difference between the built-in Administrator and other admins. You've described it on the GUI level correctly, but it's worth noting where this difference comes from.

    It's a simple matter of group policy that by default excludes the built-in Administrator from Admin Approval Mode. You change the policy (that applies only to "elevated admin", per your terminology) and all of a sudden this admin is no different from the others :)

    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Vadikan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    So, currently there is no other admin except the built-in elevated administrator account.
    Looks like a guess to me rather than a fact. Can you enlighten me how you came up with this conclusion?
    2. UAC prompts from OP requests password when there is no password textbox to be typed, anything that needs admin permission shows "Permission Denied" (try reading post #7).
    Well, to me it doesn't mean that there are no other administrative accounts. That sounds like the built-in Administrator was crippled by the OP actions, but the policy mentioned above prevents displaying the password field in the UAC prompt.

    I'll see if I can reproduce the problem in my spare time, although it's hard to tell what the OP's done in addition to what's mentioned in the thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowjk View Post
    ShowDown is correct, This is why I suggested booting into safe mode since the disabled elevated Administrator will appear since there is no other Administrator account on the system as noticed by the UAC prompt not showing a user to enter a password:

    Quote Originally Posted by Flavius
    information   Information
    Theoretically if you don't have any administrator account, the built-in Administrator account should be available in safe mode (see also related articles). Sometimes due to any identified reason, the built-in Administrator may not to be available in safe mode.

    This tutorial will help you to log on to the built-in Administrator in this case in Vista and Windows 7. It may also help if you forgot your admin password and you don't have a password reset disk.
    More information here - Built-in Administrator - Enable from WinRE - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Josh
    You rely on the assumption that there's no other administrative account, and this has not been established in this thread. Also, the tutorial you mentioned makes it pretty clear that the author is not completely sure how the process works.

    Meanwhile, it's explained on TechNet

    information   Information
    Behavior of computers that are not domain members

    When there is at least one configured local administrator account, the disabled built-in Administrator account cannot log on in Safe Mode. Instead, any local administrator account can be used to log on. If the last local administrator account is inadvertently demoted, disabled, or deleted, Safe Mode allows the disabled built-in Administrator account to log on for disaster recovery.


    If the built-in Administrator account is the only administrator account on Windows Vista, when upgrading to Windows 7, Safe Mode allows the disabled built-in Administrator account to log on to create at least one administrator account.

    That's why I emphasized that success with getting into Safe Mode with built-in Administrator depends on whether other administrative accounts exist and active in the system. Since one must create such an account during the installation (barring the answer file that enables the built-in Administrator), there was a good chance such account existed.

    Given that the OPs problems started after messing with the built-in Administrator, I assumed that was the account he's used. Hence, the other administrative account could be still present and that's precisely the reason why I listed two options in my post.
    Last edited by Vadikan; 11 Jul 2013 at 03:38. Reason: info tag
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  9. #19


    England, Northamptonshire
    Posts : 536
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard


    True, but from the UAC prompt the Administrator account created during installation would have shown which it did not therefore there was no local Administrator on that account and in safe mode the disabled built-in Administrator should have been enabled

    I also assumed that the account the OP was using was an Administrator but based on the UAC prompt presented it would appear not

    Josh
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by Tonchi View Post
    Thank you guys on your time, but I have decided to format main partition and install Windows again. I have f****d something and I was not even able to boot Windows. I was getting blue screen with error something like: "CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED" and it was constantly restaring and BSODing again. Fortunatlly for me, I have moved all my projects to other partition and I have on that partition most important installations like: Visual Studio, MS Office, Sql Server and Visio. This is smart move for me because I won't need to go to MSDN and download those again. And now I have switched to Windows 8 Enterprise. Since I have MSDN subscription, I have downloaded and installed Windows 8 Enterprise because I want to learn the difference between Enterprise Edition and Pro Edition.

    But most important, I have learned my lesson. Don't mess up with permissions on Windows 8
    I'm curious of what killed the critical process and what is the critical process...
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