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

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    Admin account changed to Local Account


    Hi, I only have one account in my Win8.1x64 PC. It was "Admin" (Standard user was not available, grayed). I tried to change it to "Standard" using Local Policy Group and now the account changed to "Local Account" and whatever I want to do (Change UAC settings, open Local Policy Group,check disk for errors, etc etc) I get the attached message below.I can't even press "YES" as it's grayed. How can I disable UAC and return my account to Administrator? Thanks
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    Last edited by antares; 21 Jul 2014 at 00:38.

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    Please follow the steps in this thread:
    Accidentally changed the admin account to a local account
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    Thanks topgun, before reading your suggested fix I tried this solution which seems to be similar to yours. All steps were successful except step 17, that screen did not show up and it booted directly into the desktop. Now it seems that the built in administrator account is enabled, I have a single account, if I go to Control Panel/User Accounts I see only one account labeled :"My username Local Account Administrator". However, I have the following issues:
    1) If I click "Change your account type" it's set to "Administrator", I'm unable to change it to Standard (radio button is grayed)
    2) If I click "Change User account control settings" nothing happens, the popup window to set the various levels of UAC does not show up.
    3) If I go to System Protection I see that it's off and I can't enable it, the Configure button is grayed and it says:"Configuration is disabled by your system administrator"
    Any suggestions? Thanks
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    The procedure that you've tried will not work and it is different from what I have shown. This is the confusion that lots of people have. When you restart and get to step 13 where you type in the command: net user Administrator /active:yes to turn on the Built in Admin account, you actually turn on the Admin account of Windows Recovery Environment, not your current Windows 8 account. And the SAM file you changed in under X:\Windows\System32\config when in fact you want to turn on the built in Admin account under C:\Windows\System32\config.

    1) If I click "Change your account type" it's set to "Administrator", I'm unable to change it to Standard (radio button is grayed)
    Why would you want to change your account type to standard ? FYI, Windows requires at least one Admin account so if the built account was turned on, then the radio button is not grayed.

    Thru group policy, you turned yourself into a standard user so there's nothing you can change unless you use the procedure on my other post to sneak in and set yourself back to the Administrators group. In addition, you can also turn on the Built i Admin account.
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    Thanks topgun, so just to make sure, you're saying I should follow the steps outlined here? If so, where it says "xxx", I should type precisely "xxx" or x should be replaced by something else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by antares View Post
    Thanks topgun, so just to make sure, you're saying I should follow the steps outlined here? If so, where it says "xxx", I should type precisely "xxx" or x should be replaced by something else?
    xxx is fine, we just rename Utilman.exe to it then later on we'll rename it back so any name would do.
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    You're right, renamed back in step 9. Will apply your procedure in a couple of hours and will post back the results. Thanks.
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    UPDATE: I applied your procedure . Everything went fine until step 6. When executing the command "net localgroup administrators myuser /add" where "myuser" is my real login name, the following error is displayed:
    "System error 1378 has occured
    The specified account name is already a member of the group"

    However, I continued and completed your steps. The results are:
    1) If I click "Change your account type" it's set to "Administrator", and now I'm able to change it to Standard, however as you suggested I'm keeping the account as Administrator (the whole purpose of this)
    2) If I click "Change User account control settings" still nothing happens, the popup window to set the various levels of UAC does not show up.
    3) If I go to System Protection I see that it's off and I can't enable it, the Configure button is grayed and it says:"Configuration is disabled by your system administrator"
    4) I cannot enter Disk Management, the following error is displayed:"Disk Management could not start Virtual Disk Service (VDS)...". Even if I manually start the Service, I still cannot enter Disk Management, with the same error message.
    5) In "Programs and Features", if I try to uninstall a program it will display:"An error occured while trying to uninstall xxx. It may have already been uninstalled. Would you like to remove xxx from the programs and features list?" . If I click YES nothing happens, it's kept in the list (where xxx is most of the programs, some programs are able to uninstall).

    I don't know if these are related issues. Any suggestions? Would a repair install fix all this? Thanks
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    When executing the command "net localgroup administrators myuser /add" where "myuser" is my real login name
    You do not need to run this since your account is already existed, you just need to set your user account to be in the Administrators group.
    1) If I click "Change your account type" it's set to "Administrator", and now I'm able to change it to Standard, however as you suggested I'm keeping the account as Administrator (the whole purpose of this)
    I am confused. Why did you change your account to be a standard user ? In order to do anything, you must be an Administrator
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    When executing the command "net localgroup administrators myuser /add" where "myuser" is my real login name
    You do not need to run this since your account is already existed, you just need to set your user account to be in the Administrators group.
    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

    I am confused. Why did you change your account to be a standard user ? In order to do anything, you must be an Administrator
    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.
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