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Windows 7: Admin Account Disabled By Default


21 Oct 2009   #1
Jed

win 7
 
 
Admin Account Disabled By Default

Just loaded 7 and the administrator account is disabled by default. Now since the only account available is a guest account, how do I get logged in as the administrator? How do I make it active with no admin rights?

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21 Oct 2009   #2

Windows Vista Business / Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

The account you created during setup will be a member of the administrators group.

The builtin Administrator account is always disabled in Vista or Windows 7 when the OS is installed except under the following circumstances.

1. You do an upgrade install, and the only active Administrator account on the previous install was the builtin Administrator account.

or

2. You insert a synchronous command in an unattend answer file that enables the builtin account during one of the later installation phases.
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21 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

When you say that the Administrator account is disabled by default this is true - however, the account you created after the installation should be an "almost" Administrative account.

If you are infering that the only account avalible to you is the true "Guest" account, then it's possible something went wrong during installation. I've seen this happen before and the easiest and quickest way around it is a quick reinstallation, and see if the same problem occurs.

Tom
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21 Oct 2009   #4
Jed

win 7
 
 

the account i created during installation is the account i'm trying to use but everytime it asks for a password it doesn't have a place to type a password. and the yes button does nothing. Everything worked at first. I joined it to my domain. Logged in as my network username/password and loaded all my programs. Then to make an image i need to remove it from my domain. once removed the only account seems to be the guest account.
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21 Oct 2009   #5

Windows Vista Business / Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Oh, you didnt mention the domain at first.

In actuality, its recommended that a computer you are making a reference image from is NEVER joined to the domain (even if its unjoined after you made your changes). However I know thats not always feasible and it still should work.

The one thing I can think of off the top of my head is that maybe your domain has a Restricted Groups GPO set thats kicking any non-specified users out of the local Administrators group.
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21 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

Have you got any policies/scripting running on your domain to remove local administrative accounts etc?

Tom
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21 Oct 2009   #7
Jed

win 7
 
 

not that i'm aware of. It has never removed the admin accounts on any others before
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21 Oct 2009   #8
Jed

win 7
 
 

Is there no way to enable this administrator account when logged in as a guest?
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21 Oct 2009   #9

Windows Vista Business / Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

If there are truly no members in the Administrators group that you can log in as, you are probably stuck and need to reinstall the OS.
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21 Oct 2009   #10
Jed

win 7
 
 

if i'm not admin there is no way for me to look is there? I mean I made my network username an administrator. but now that it is not on the domain i can't get back on it.
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