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Unable to activate the Hidden User Account

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1

    Unable to activate the Hidden User Account


    Hi,
    I am trying to activate the Hidden user account on Windows 8.1 but getting "System error 5 has occurred Access Denied"

    Please help i am facing this problem for the last 2 months....
    Thanks
    Ekant

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Ekant, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    See if you may be able to use one of the other options in the tutorial below to enable the built-in elevated "Administrator" account.

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

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for the reply

    Well i tried to follow the instructions provided in the link but unfortunately there was a problem while opening SAM file into the Registry editor....
    I have tried restarting the system but still got this error message.

    Now what should i do?

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    Thanks and Regards
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Were you doing that at boot?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    I suppose i did it after boot, when i logged in to my user account...
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Nope, that option must be done in a command prompt at boot. The link in step 1 can help show you how to if needed.

    Please be sure that you read all information in the steps to avoid messing up your PC.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    hi,

    But how to do that....
    As in Pressing F8 during system start up.....
    Can you please tell me how to do that because in Step 1: the hidden user account is being used! and i am not able to login to that as i have already mentioned...
    If there is something that i am missing please let me know.

    Thanks
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  8. #8


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Step 1 where?

    What were you wanting to do with the built-in Administrator? Perhaps there may be another way to do it.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8.1


    the issue is some time back i was trying to get rid of my default Admin account, for which i created the Guest account and made it a Admin account by configuring the settings using netplwiz application. but in doing so i inadvertently made the Default Admin account as local..

    Now i want to change my Default account to Admin account by using Netplwiz command within the Guest account(Admin) but it is not letting me do that!!!
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  10. #10


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    With the state it is currently in, it may be best to reinstall Windows and start fresh.
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