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Windows 7: Cannot enable local admin account, have tried most resolutions.

12 Apr 2012   #1

XP sp3
Cannot enable local admin account, have tried most resolutions.


I have a dell e6420 machine with Windows 7 Enterprise. My issue is it was delivered with Windows 7 on the machine, once turned on all that had to be done was complete Windows 7 setup and boom you were logged in. Well, the machine was added to the domain, rebooted, and used for a week without granting local admin rights to the domain account.

Now the local admin account is disabled. The domain user has no access to computer management, elevated command prompt, etc. I attempted to use a windows 7 cd to access command prompt and run net user administrator active:/yes and it said it completed successfully...However when trying to log on locally with 'Administrator', the message "The account is currently disabled" still pops up.

I've located this fix as well Built-in Administrator - Enable from WinRE , but could not get it to work in command prompt in windows recovery...I will be trying again this evening.

Is there anything else that can be done besides a complete re installation?

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 Cannot enable local admin account, have tried most resolutions.

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