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Windows 7: I've locked myself out of my user account

22 Dec 2012   #1
Lomacar

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
I've locked myself out of my user account

I just created a non-administrator windows profile and hid my only other profile from the Windows 7 logon screen using a registry hack I found online. I assumed that like previous versions of Windows I would be able to still log in to my old account by typing in my user name somehow. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to be the case without some registry hack which of course I can't apply from the non-administrator account. To make matters worse I can't even "Run as Administrator" because the stupid fingerprint scanner on my laptop forces me to scan for a print and allows no other method to authenticate myself as an administrator. I do have a fingerprint for my usual profile but this seems to be asking about the default admin profile for which there is no fingerprint (how could there be?). I am not able to disable the fingerprint scanner because I guess I have to be admin to do that. So I guess that is an impossible situation. I tried logging in as admin by using safe mode but that just put me straight in to the non-admin account.

So have I totally screwed myself over and now I have to re-install windows, or is there still some way to untangle this mess?


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22 Dec 2012   #2
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lomacar View Post
I just created a non-administrator windows profile and hid my only other profile from the Windows 7 logon screen using a registry hack I found online. I assumed that like previous versions of Windows I would be able to still log in to my old account by typing in my user name somehow. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to be the case without some registry hack which of course I can't apply from the non-administrator account. To make matters worse I can't even "Run as Administrator" because the stupid fingerprint scanner on my laptop forces me to scan for a print and allows no other method to authenticate myself as an administrator. I do have a fingerprint for my usual profile but this seems to be asking about the default admin profile for which there is no fingerprint (how could there be?). I am not able to disable the fingerprint scanner because I guess I have to be admin to do that. So I guess that is an impossible situation. I tried logging in as admin by using safe mode but that just put me straight in to the non-admin account.

So have I totally screwed myself over and now I have to re-install windows, or is there still some way to untangle this mess?
See if the information at the following site helps;

How to enable Administrator account in Windows 7 | Redmond Pie

HTH
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22 Dec 2012   #3
Lomacar

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Of course that doesn't work because it requires me to be able to run cmd as admin. I would need to figure out a way to run as admin before I could do that, as I already stated.
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22 Dec 2012   #4
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lomacar View Post
Of course that doesn't work because it requires me to be able to run cmd as admin. I would need to figure out a way to run as admin before I could do that, as I already stated.
I agree that's not going to work. I should have waited until the first cup of java kicked in before posting.
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22 Dec 2012   #5
Lomacar

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

SOLVED. I was able to select Repair Windows, or whatever from the f8 boot menu (others may need a repair disk, although I doubt anybody else in the world will have this same problem). From there I was able to log in to my old account. I could access the command prompt from there but unfortunately nothing I did seemed to actually change the situation in Windows. It's like a virtual Windows with an X: drive. Anyway, I could also do a System Restore from that Repair menu and that did the trick.
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