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Enabling hidden Admin account.

  1. #1

    Enabling hidden Admin account.


    There are many "solutions" to this on the net, but they all say to enter the following from an elevated command prompt net user administrator /active:yes

    This doesn't work for me.

    (There is only one account on this machine - Administrator)

    I need to do this so that I can rename a file.

    Can someone help please.

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    Windows 8.0 x64


    If you type "net user<enter>"
    in the elevated command prompt it will show all the accounts.
    You cannot set Administrator "active" if it is already active.

    Why not give more details what you are trying to do. Which file are you trying to rename?
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  3. #3


    Thank you for the response Miles Ahead.

    The instructions I received were:

    "in Windows Explorer, go in the folder below:
    Code:
    ---------
    C:\Windows\WinSxS\ManifestCache
    ---------
    There should be a file with a .bin extension and blob in it's name. For exemple, mine is called *702349c5b78f9a04_blobs.bin*. Rename that file to *backup.bin*, then restart your computer. After the restart, wait 10-15 minutes to make sure that Windows is well started, then check in the ManifestCache folder to see if a new blob file have been created."

    However, the person has replied with a possible work-around.

    Nevertheless, I would still like to know how I activate the hidden Admin account.
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    Here are a few options to enable the built-in "Administrator" account that may help.

    Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
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    Thank you Brink.

    I had looked at that article in my search. Quite frankly it lacks clarity. There is only one account on this machine; it's named Administrator. I can't see what I am supposed to do.
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    That is the built-in "Administrator" account.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    That is the built-in "Administrator" account.
    That is why I noted it cannot be "activated" if it is already active. I am not sure what the OP is ultimately trying to do.
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    Syncopator is the Administrator account there but you cannot use it or what? I don't understand the issue. I don't think the OS would allow the account to be named "Administrator" unless it was the built in admin account. So it is already there and running is my impression.
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    Well, Miles and Brink, as I said in my post #3

    There should be a file with a .bin extension and blob in it's name. For exemple, mine is called *702349c5b78f9a04_blobs.bin*. Rename that file to *backup.bin*, then restart your computer. After the restart, wait 10-15 minutes to make sure that Windows is well started, then check in the ManifestCache folder to see if a new blob file have been created."

    This is the system's response to trying that

    Click image for larger version
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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Try doing a takeown before deleting.
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    64-bit Windows 10
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