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

27 Jun 2011   #140
emptysorrows

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Would there be any way of editing the SAM file to do this or create user accounts, or does the SAM just maintain passwords.


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27 Jun 2011   #141
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Emptysorrows,

I'm not sure if there is, but I wouldn't recommend to mess with it. Are you not able to use the normal method to do so?
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28 Jun 2011   #142
emptysorrows

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I was previously locked out of my account so I could not. But I edited my SAM file to reset the password so I've already enabled the Admin account. Oh and thanks for the post.
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28 Jun 2011   #143
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's great news. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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12 Jul 2011   #144
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 
Use System Repair disc to enable/disable ?

I have a case where it appears that the user has locked himself out.

UAC shows him as an administrator, but he can not carry out any admin tasks and can not make any changes in UAC.

He can see UAC but can not use UAC.

My question is:
If he boots from a system repair disc,
can he then run:
net user administrator /active:yes

to enable the built-in adminstrator account and then be able to create a new admin account which hopefully he will then be able to use.

This appears to be an honest user and he has shown me snippets verifying the problem on his home computer with home premium installed.
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13 Jul 2011   #145
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Karl,

Yes, he should be able to using this instead though.

Built-in Administrator - Enable from WinRE
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13 Jul 2011   #146
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

that tutorial talks of using a 3rd party program that is only for 32bit systems or did I miss something.
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13 Jul 2011   #147
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

For Method 1 yes, but he should be able to use Method 2 to be able to enable it at boot.
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13 Jul 2011   #148
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I'll give it a try, probably Friday. Must make full system image backup first in case disaster strikes. Don't really like that kind of registry editing. looks like a good place for a .reg file perhaps.
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13 Jul 2011   #149
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm not sure if a REG file would run at boot like that.
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