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Windows 7: Lost Administrative Account...Now Guest

10 May 2011   #1
smithsunknown

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Lost Administrative Account...Now Guest

I recently lost my administrative account. (i.e. it is now a guest account.) I am the owner of the computer and have created a backup account that has administrative access thru the built-in admin. I was trying to get rid of the Homegroup section of Explorer when suddenly I only had Guest access. Now whenever I do anything needing UAC, I have to login through the other account.

Is there anyway to re-assign the original account (now guess access) to administrative. BTW, the account in not seen when I go to "Manage another account" on either the built-in admin or the new administrative account.


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10 May 2011   #2
WebMattR

W7 Professional x64
 
 

It sounds to me like you managed to halfway delete your account, somehow.

I would start by opening an elevated command prompt (rlight click and select "run as admin"), and type sfc /scannow while logged in as your admin account.
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11 May 2011   #3
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smithsunknown View Post
have created a backup account that has administrative access thru the built-in admin.
This statement doesn't make sense. One account doesn't get access "through" another.
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11 May 2011   #4
smithsunknown

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smithsunknown View Post
have created a backup account that has administrative access thru the built-in admin.
This statement doesn't make sense. One account doesn't get access "through" another.
Basically what I'm saying is that I created the new administrative account through the built-in admin account. Neither account can "see" the original account (now guest access) thru "Manage Accounts."
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11 May 2011   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Try a system restore to the point before your accounts got screwed up.
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12 May 2011   #6
smithsunknown

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

@seavixen32 I've changed so much since that happened, I would probably lose too much before my last backup.
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12 May 2011   #7
WebMattR

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Well, in that case, would it possible for you to simply create yourself a new Administrator account, and then log in as it, transfer all your files, and take ownership of them?
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12 May 2011   #8
smithsunknown

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

@WebMattR Like I've said; I've already created another Administrative account. Could you tell me the most complete way to transfer all the settings? Thanks.
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13 May 2011   #9
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

I would use Windows Easy Transfer. I do it all the time for customers. When it asks about the "new" and "old" computer, just think of it as they are both the same. It gets everything down to the wallpaper.
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14 May 2011   #10
smithsunknown

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

@MacGyvr I will try that. Thanks.
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