Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Locked myself out of admin (I know it was dumb :( )

  1. #1


    Posts : 1
    windows 8.1

    Locked myself out of admin (I know it was dumb :( )


    I accidentally changed the user account settings (my only account) to standard from admin. Now i can't download, uninstall software, or change it back to admin. I am running windows 8.1 and have very little knowledge about computers.

    What I have tried:
    • Clicking manage on "this computer" to change things (A dialog box says I can't)
    • Going into UAC and changing it... "your system admin has blocked..."
    • Trying to enable hidden admin account (I don't know how... I think vista used to have a hidden admin)
    • Making another account (It wont let me)


    I was admin and revoked my own privileges... I am the only account on the computer. I have no idea what to do... Please help!

    Edit: I tried looking for an answer. I guess no one was as dumb as me.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Here we go again. You are the 4th person within a week doing this so don't feel alone.

    Please use this link to fix it: Deleted admin account in Win 8.1 update. How to restore?


    EDIT: If you don't have the Windows 8 Installation disk, then use this link to create a boot disk:
    Forgot admin password
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Here we go again. You are the 4th person within a week doing this so don't feel alone.

    Please use this link to fix it: Deleted admin account in Win 8.1 update. How to restore?


    EDIT: If you don't have the Windows 8 Installation disk, then use this link to create a boot disk:
    Forgot admin password

    Make this post into a sticky thread. I thought I asked the same question few weeks ago
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Joisey
    Posts : 315
    Windows 8.1 consumer 64 bit


    I think I know how this is happening. When you go into Control Panel - User Accounts it will open your account.

    If you then click "Change Account Type" the window opens with "Standard User" pre-selected, even if you are currently an Administrator.

    Someone not in the know may think this is what their account type currently is. If you click "Change Account Type" (thinking it will do nothing) instead of "Cancel" you are screwed.

    This window should open with your current account type selected; it should be up to the user to actually change the account type selection and click go.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Quote Originally Posted by mikeytg View Post
    I think I know how this is happening. When you go into Control Panel - User Accounts it will open your account.

    If you then click "Change Account Type" the window opens with "Standard User" pre-selected, even if you are currently an Administrator.

    Someone not in the know may think this is what their account type currently is. If you click "Change Account Type" (thinking it will do nothing) instead of "Cancel" you are screwed.

    This window should open with your current account type selected; it should be up to the user to actually change the account type selection and click go.
    Everything is greyed out unless there's a another Admin account then he would not have problem changing it back.

    Click image for larger version

    But this will make him a standard user account

    Click image for larger version
    Last edited by topgundcp; 21 Jun 2014 at 07:20.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 18
    8.1 enterprise


    If you don't have access to your recovery you can always use offline NT password recovery to promote your account back to an administrator.
    This page isn't specifically a walkthrough of that task but it does show the option
    Offline NT pw & reg-editor, walkthrough
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Quote Originally Posted by jtlap View Post
    If you don't have access to your recovery you can always use offline NT password recovery to promote your account back to an administrator.
    This page isn't specifically a walkthrough of that task but it does show the option
    Offline NT pw & reg-editor, walkthrough
    Since this is Windows forum, I'd like to stay away from LINUX. However, if you prefer to use LINUX.
    1. Download Linux Mint 17, put in a USB then boot up.
    2. Install chntpw

    Then follow the screens below:

    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Posts : 18
    8.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jtlap View Post
    If you don't have access to your recovery you can always use offline NT password recovery to promote your account back to an administrator.
    This page isn't specifically a walkthrough of that task but it does show the option
    Offline NT pw & reg-editor, walkthrough
    Since this is Windows forum, I'd like to stay away from LINUX. However, if you prefer to use LINUX.
    1. Download Linux Mint 17, put in a USB then boot up.
    2. Install chntpw

    Then follow the screens below:

    The tool I linked to a above is basically just a "bootable" implementation of chntpw and its only a couple meg.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Locked myself out of admin (I know it was dumb :( )
Related Threads
http://i.imgur.com/xrfxyDQ.png?1 I usually just lurk this forum whenever I have problems with my computer, but this time I felt the need to share a solution to a problem that I couldn't find any answers to with my google-fu. (TLDR at the bottom) So I have a simple mirrored 2-drive (2x 4TB...
Another dumb question, sorry. in General Support
My new Windows 8 is an ASUS Desktop which came with a Wireless (Cordless) keyboard and a Wireless mouse. All works good but. It doesn't seem to have an indication light on the Keyboard to indicate Uppercase. Anybody got a clue as to what I need to do as I keep hitting caps lock and don't look up...
Solved I needed admin rights using built-in admin account in User Accounts and Family Safety
Using Win 8.1 First off, the account I'am signed on with is listed as admin type account. It's the one I had to enter my windows account email. Since installing the new MalwareBytes 2.0 program (which went in without any problem) it put an shortcut icon on desktop. I tried too move the icon...
I just moved from 8 to 8.1, today. I don't see much difference. Am I missing something? Bob
maybe a dumb question about upgrading in Installation & Setup
I have a laptop from my employer with Windows 7, one of 50 MAK license keys he bought thru Microsoft, but he has no intention of buying Windows 8 upgrades since he is happy with 7. I bought the upgrade but am hesitant to install it since from what I have read, installing the upgrade disables...
Really Dumb question in General Support
Upgraded from 7 to 8 and I can't find the shut down/sleep/hibernate button??? How should I turn this thing off?
Okay I have created a virtual drive, switch and then created a new virtual machine. I have downloaded a windows 98 iso (legally, I have a disk but its badly scratched). I'm trying to install win98 on the VM but not sure how. I had the option when I was playing around with the first time and...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook