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Admin account changed to Local Account/Can't disable UAC

  1. #11


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    So, should I go all over again without running that or am I fine? How can I check if my account is in the Administrators group? And any idea about those list of errors I'm getting? (unable to set UAC, etc etc) Thanks
    No, you are fine except now you need to set yourself back to be in the Administrators group. Standard user has very limited rights to do anything and that's why you cannot do step 2 & 3 above.

    Because I remembered Brink in one of my posts suggesting that setting an account as Administrator was nos secure, he advised setting the account as Standard. I also thought that as Standard I can still have access to most of the Administrator's permissions.
    I am not sure about this, may be you misunderstood what he said. In order to make any changes to the PC, you need to be an Admin. If you let other people to use your PC then you'd set up another Standard user account and let them use this account so that they cannot make any changes to your PC or run any commands that might do some harm to it.

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    So, should I go all over again without running that or am I fine? How can I check if my account is in the Administrators group? And any idea about those list of errors I'm getting? (unable to set UAC, etc etc) Thanks
    No, you are fine except now you need to set yourself back to be in the Administrators group. Standard user has very limited rights to do anything and that's why you cannot do step 2 & 3 above.
    So how do I set myself back in the Administrators group? In User Account I'm set to Administrator, not to Standard, is that enough?
    UPDATE: I just found the way and YES, my username is in the Administrator's group

    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Because I remembered Brink in one of my posts suggesting that setting an account as Administrator was nos secure, he advised setting the account as Standard. I also thought that as Standard I can still have access to most of the Administrator's permissions.
    I am not sure about this, may be you misunderstood what he said. In order to make any changes to the PC, you need to be an Admin. If you let other people to use your PC then you'd set up another Standard user account and let them use this account so that they cannot make any changes to your PC or run any commands that might do some harm to it.
    Yes, that's what I initially thought too, but then somehow Brink's post confused me a bit about this.
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  3. #13


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    Now that you are back to be a standard user, you cannot change back to be in Administrators group. However, You did turn on the built in Administrator account, You need to sign out and sign back in as the user: Administrator then in local user group, add your user account back to the Administrators group. Sign out again and sign back in with your user name, you should be an Admin now. Please do not set your user account to standard again.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Now that you are back to be a standard user, you cannot change back to be in Administrators group. However, You did turn on the built in Administrator account, You need to sign out and sign back in as the user: Administrator then in local user group, add your user account back to the Administrators group. Sign out again and sign back in with your user name, you should be an Admin now. Please do not set your user account to standard again.
    As I mentioned, my user account IS ALREADY in the Administrators group, so no need to do what you mention. What I want to do is be able to set UAC control, among the errors I'm getting, if you have any hint I'd appreciate, thanks for your follow up
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  5. #15


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    Something is not right here. Open the Admin Command prompt (Win+X->Command Prompt (Admin)) and run:
    1. dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
    2. sfc /scannow <============ May requires to run multiple times until it's clean.
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  6. #16


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    Hi Topgun, before you suggested it I already had done that and sfc/scannow found no integrity issues, and I ran DISM like 4 times both online and using the Windows 8.1 installation disk and it always shows the message:
    "The restore operation completed successfully. The component store corruption was repaired. The operation completed successfully."
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  7. #17


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    This thread is about that you changed your Admin account to a Standard User account and you did fix it to change it back. Now, if there's is a UAC problem, I don't know what else you did change in your system. What about your settings with the User Account Control ?
    Open the Control Panel->Action Center->Change User Account Control Settings
    Does it show the same as in the screen shot ?

    Click image for larger version
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  8. #18


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    That's precisely the point I was repeating in every post: when clicking on "Change User Account Control settings", nothing happens, the UAC slider dialog menu does not pop up. I even tried running UAC from command prompt as administrator and no luck either. I asked you in this thread because I thought it might be related to some user account issue. I created a separate thread for this problem here
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    Quote Originally Posted by antares View Post
    That's precisely the point I was repeating in every post: when clicking on "Change User Account Control settings", nothing happens, the UAC slider dialog menu does not pop up. I even tried running UAC from command prompt as administrator and no luck either. I asked you in this thread because I thought it might be related to some user account issue. I created a separate thread for this problem here
    I've already saw that and yes it was related because you changed your Account to Standard User and Now you are back to be Admin User and the option for UAC is available again.
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    I see a fresh Windows install coming, I hope I can fix these issues before that as a fresh install is a lot of work
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