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Windows 7: Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

21 Jan 2011   #130
Person

Windows 7 starter 32bit
 
 

Not trying to bypass my parents If that's the only thing to worry about, at least. My stepdad (who got me the gift) didn't even tell me about this administrator account, and I assumed that I'd have full access so I never thought to bring it up till now. I'm not even sure if he used it before or had to set up anything on it.

I can't reinstall windows since I didn't have a disc for it, and there's not a disk drive on this computer as far as I can tell. I use an hp mini 110. I know there's a reinstall windows option in my start menu somewhere but, again, that's something I'd need the administrator password for.

If I can't get in contact with the assumed administrator, is there some place that I could call, possibly, to get this fixed? Or to get it even bypassed would I have to show identity or something?


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21 Jan 2011   #131
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Person View Post
Not trying to bypass my parents If that's the only thing to worry about, at least. My stepdad (who got me the gift) didn't even tell me about this administrator account, and I assumed that I'd have full access so I never thought to bring it up till now. I'm not even sure if he used it before or had to set up anything on it.

I can't reinstall windows since I didn't have a disc for it, and there's not a disk drive on this computer as far as I can tell. I use an hp mini 110. I know there's a reinstall windows option in my start menu somewhere but, again, that's something I'd need the administrator password for.

If I can't get in contact with the assumed administrator, is there some place that I could call, possibly, to get this fixed? Or to get it even bypassed would I have to show identity or something?
We cant help you bypass it because it is someones elses' account. If it is your step dad ask him.

It is not something to be "fixed" it is a security features not a problem
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21 Jan 2011   #132
Person

Windows 7 starter 32bit
 
 

Worth a shot to ask, at least. I know better now, and hoping that's really all it is, is my misinformation.

Thanks for the help, you two. Nice to have someone who knows what they're doing, cause I sure as heck don't.
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21 Jan 2011   #133
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No problem. Hope it works out for you.
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14 Mar 2011   #134
pwdelta

Windows 7 Premium 64bit
 
 
Using command prompt to external drive

Hi there,

Great post. I am locked out of my computer so I pulled the hard drive, slid it into an enclosure and trying to steer via a USB connection to another computer.

I tried using your Elevated Command Prompt instruction, only I specify the G drive rather than the C drive. The remainder of the path should be unchanged, but it tells me that it is not a valid. Says something along the lines of not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

Will the command not work outside of the C drive?

Thanks for any help.
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14 Mar 2011   #135
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello PWdelta, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You're not going to be able to enable the built-in Administrator account on a HDD from another computer like that.

Place the HDD back in the original computer, and see of you may be able to do Method Two at the link in OPTION FOUR to enable the built-in Administrator account at boot instead.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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15 Mar 2011   #136
pwdelta

Windows 7 Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks so much for the quick response!

I tried your suggestion, but when I open in safe mode to the command prompt, it still takes me to the login screen looking for the user password. I've followed the Method 4 Option 2 steps but still takes me to my dead end. I certainly appreciate the help, but if you have any other thoughts then I'm all ears!

Thanks again.
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15 Mar 2011   #137
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Pwdelta,

How are you locked out of the computer? Password?

If so, see if you may be able to use the tutorial below to reset the password while the HDD is in it's original computer, and hopefully gain access afterwards.

Password Reset
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18 Mar 2011   #138
silentfoxrun

window 7 home premium
 
 
Pre-owned computer won't allow me to be admin.

Hey brink,

I can't enable admin... because of the previous owner. what can I do to take ownership of this computer?

THanks man.

FOX
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18 Mar 2011   #139
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Fox, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could boot from your Windows 7 installation disc, format the computer, do a clean install of Windows 7, and activate it afterwards. You really wouldn't want to have anything left over from the previous owner on the computer anyways. Who knows what it may be.
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