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Windows 7: Admin account disabled completely.


04 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Admin account disabled completely.

I've had a lot of trouble trying to fix my 3 year old PC. I recently set it up to my parents TV so they can watch DVD's and browse the internet. I wanted to disable the need for a password to log in and found a method of skipping the log in screen. Inside user accounts I un-ticked "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer". (start, "netplwiz" to access).

Unfortunately after a restart, the account that had been set up as an administrator had been converted to a guest account (No idea why this would happen?!). The hidden admin account in windows 7 is also disabled and can not be accessed (in safe mode or command prompt) at all to re-enable the other user's admin status. I can not start anything in elevated status or install any new applications at all as there are no admins! Trying to activate the admin account in command prompt comes up with:

"System Error 5 has occurred, Access is denied"

The system is running on windows 7 home premium 32bit. UAC was turned down to the lowest setting in the interface, but I can not access the setting at all now! I was just about to set up a system recovery as the pc was setup exactly as I wanted it, so there's no way to do a system restore either! I've exhausted all the possible solutions I could find, which just keeps leading to more problems which ends up in an infinite loop which is unfixable!

Oh, I was also using logmein at the time to do remote desktop in case my parents need any help in the future. One other thing to note is that within the netplwiz window, there are 2 administrators stated. One is Mcx1 and the other is LogMeInRemoteUser which are both in the groups HomeUsers and administrators. All other user accounts are only in the HomeUsers group. To add even more confusion I can't even add a new standard user from the user account controls!

edit: I booted up my pc whilst holding F8. Started the system repair from the menu and managed to log into the administrator logmein account! Accessed the commandline from there with an elevated status but no use. I've attempted a solution found here but the file was already in use so I could not get past the Target SAM step! http://www.vistax64.com/vista-accoun...r-account.html

Anything else I could try before I go and do a reinstall of windows 7?


Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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05 Jun 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums Amoo. If no one has a specific fix for your problem, before reinstalling windows, try the Repair Install:

Repair Install

A Guy
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05 Jun 2011   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Try this:
System Restore
in
System Recovery Options
using the Start Repair Disk:
System Repair Disc - Create
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05 Jun 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Welcome to Seven Forums Amoo. If no one has a specific fix for your problem, before reinstalling windows, try the Repair Install:

Repair Install

A Guy
Step 1. Start Windows 7, and log on to an administrator account.

OP only has a guest account.
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05 Jun 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Welcome to Seven Forums Amoo. If no one has a specific fix for your problem, before reinstalling windows, try the Repair Install:

Repair Install

A Guy
Step 1. Start Windows 7, and log on to an administrator account.

OP only has a guest account.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Amoo View Post

edit: I booted up my pc whilst holding F8. Started the system repair from the menu and managed to log into the administrator logmein account!
I assumed he had accessed an admin account. A Guy
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05 Jun 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

[Quote]I was also using logmein at the time to do remote desktop[Quote]

Never used the software.
https://secure.logmein.com/UK/
May be a way in.
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05 Jun 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate N 64-bit
 
 

if u just cant get admin access on your pc.

download and burn HBCD (hirens boot CD) and u can use active password changer and enable/disable accounts and also set passwords outside of windows. i assume thats what u need.
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05 Jun 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Managed to fix it, was able to access the elevated command line via holding F8 during boot and using the logmeinuser account (admin level). Activated the administrator and remade another admin account cheers for all the suggestions!
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05 Jun 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Don't HOLD F8....just press it a few times before the windows logo comes up.
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