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Windows 7: User Account Control (UAC) problem w/ administrator accounts

21 Jun 2014   #1
clueful

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
User Account Control (UAC) problem w/ administrator accounts

The other day I thought it'd be a good idea to screw around with the settings on my parents' computer. My parents say they can't trust me and you'll find out why.

My parents put a limitation in the first place for me to not download anything malicious, and around last summer I was always yelled at for using the computer at night, so they put Parental Controls (only the time limit, from 8AM to 9PM) and changed my account type to Standard User. That means I can't use the computer at night, even if I tried.

I was sick and tired of it, honestly, so I thought the smart thing to do was to download an .iso to burn to a disc to reset the password, and or, promote my account to administrator. I downloaded the Trinity Rescue Kit and burnt it to a DVD in order to promote my account to administrator. Little did I know, the thing kind of messes up with your UAC, I ignored the warnings. In order to use Parental Controls, you have to be a Standard User. Which, I updated my account's settings, and well, the controls didn't go away. I still had the time limit, and all the other stuff my parents put on here. I tried to go into the Control Panel to remove it and it did absolutely nothing. When I clicked on my account's name it said I had to be a Standard User to change it. I tried to change my account to a Standard one and it did absolutely nothing. It remained an Administrator, which I knew if I left my account as an Administrator, my parents would one day find out that I've been downloading stuff and I've completely disobeyed them.

I later removed my parents' account's password and tried it there. It didn't do anything but wipe their password, oh great, they're going to be more mad at me now! My dad got really upset and threatened to delete my account along with all my files. Here I am, now, on my sister's account on the machine. I'm trying to access my account and type in the password, but the User Account Control window pops up, but the 'Yes' option is greyed out and there's no space to type in my password. I rebooted into Safe Mode and saw that my account was not there. I logged into my sister's account and the problem still persists. On the login screen, my account "User" will not show up, when I booted it up earlier this evening it was working completely fine. It said the warning that I wasn't allowed onto my account, and then I logged into my sister's and rebooted and it was gone. When I navigate to C:\Users - my account files are still there. Not being able to access them, because of the User Account Control window not letting me type any password or click 'yes'.


I have no idea what to do now, I can't restore this machine back to the other date, since it'll make my parents even more angry at me, and I think using the DVD will just muck it up even more. This is confusing me, if anyone knows what they're doing and how to fix this, please reply. Thank you.


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21 Jun 2014   #2
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

I'm sure you do know the trouble you are in but there's really nothing else you can do but own up to the problem you have caused. Obviously the controls were put in place to prevent problems associated with nonresponsible actions.

Be prepared to have to do a Factory Restore on the computer/s if the login for your parents and/or your sister don't work. You might need a Linux LiveCD or LiveDVD bootable disc to first save any documents/data they have saved.

To avoid such problems in the future get your own computer.
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21 Jun 2014   #3
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

A system restore point back before all this took place should resolve the issue.

System Restore
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22 Jun 2014   #4
clueful

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Berton View Post
I'm sure you do know the trouble you are in but there's really nothing else you can do but own up to the problem you have caused. Obviously the controls were put in place to prevent problems associated with nonresponsible actions.

Be prepared to have to do a Factory Restore on the computer/s if the login for your parents and/or your sister don't work. You might need a Linux LiveCD or LiveDVD bootable disc to first save any documents/data they have saved.

To avoid such problems in the future get your own computer.
I told them that what I did was wrong, but they are very angry at me. I obviously understand why.

I have my own computer, it doesn't really run too well, so I can't get any work done nor play any games or do anything on it besides use Skype chat. Any other application forces the computer to run very slowly until it is fairly unstable and unusable. Not everyone has the money to afford a new computer, or has the time and patience to replace RAM and graphics cards.

But thanks for your help.
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22 Jun 2014   #5
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Maybe we can help your current pc to get up to snuff. What are its full specs?

And did you try post 3?
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31 Jul 2014   #6
clueful

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
Maybe we can help your current pc to get up to snuff. What are its full specs?

And did you try post 3?
Yes, it didn't seem to give me any options on what date to restore to.
I have a HP pavilion (g6) notebook. My specifications are as followed:

- Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)
- Intel Core i3 2.40 GHz
- 6 GB of RAM
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01 Aug 2014   #7
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Did you try to show the more available restore points checkbox that the tutorial indicates? You can back up their data and then try a clean install. Clean Install Windows 7 Then restart and redo.

As for your pc, What is slow about it?

Do you run antivirus software? Your pc may be infected. You can also look here for performance improvements:

Optimize Windows 7
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04 Aug 2014   #8
clueful

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
Did you try to show the more available restore points checkbox that the tutorial indicates? You can back up their data and then try a clean install. Clean Install Windows 7 Then restart and redo.

As for your pc, What is slow about it?

Do you run antivirus software? Your pc may be infected. You can also look here for performance improvements:

Optimize Windows 7
Hi.
Yeah, we have some version of BitDefender for the antivirus, but I was planning to install Avast myself. It isn't really slow, it's actually really, really quick.
I turned UAC off for now, it seems to be doing the trick for now, but once this computer is mine, I will try a clean install, because I wouldn't want to spend a week trying to preserve all the data on this machine.
Thanks for all your help!
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