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Windows 7: Admin rights

11 Jan 2011   #1

Admin rights

Can someone help me get back my admin rights.
I have just one user on my pc , its as a standard user.
Whenever I try to make a change I get a UAC notice telling me to
enter a password , but there is no place for a password nor do I have any
passwords on my pc.
I can't go add or change users or user right cause I just get that same message.

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11 Jan 2011   #2

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

See if you can activate this administrator, if you can set up a new administrator account for yourself and delete the problem one.
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable[2]=User Accounts
You can also use the adminsitrator to go back to good times with system restore.
System Restore
See if you can get in with safe mode
Safe Mode
Maybe you can change the password
User Account Password - Change from WinRE
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11 Jan 2011   #3


The first option does not seem to apply to my version the home premium.
The second obviously can't be done without admin.
The third, I don't have a password on it.
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11 Jan 2011   #4

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Use option two
You do have the administrator in Home Premium
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11 Jan 2011   #5


I can't open system recovery, it get the UAC notice.
That's the problem I can't change anything.
I need to get back my admin rights.
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11 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

You could try the following
1. boot up from Hiren's BootCD 13.0, select "Mini Windows XP"
2. open Explorer and navigate to C:\Windows\System32\config, where you find the registry SAM file
3. open the SAM file with Regdatxp
4. right click the SAM folder in Regdatxp and apply "Enable Account" -> Administrator
When booting up again the Administrator account should be on the Welcome screen. Log on as Administrator, assuming it needs no password, and give your standard account admin rights. You should then disable the Administrator account again for security reasons.
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11 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Is the UAC actually asking you for a password? I've never seen it do that. Are you using the normal user/admin account? Or a true standard user account? (Something you created after install)

The default first user is the admin/user. (Normal user with the ability to elevate to admin level with a button click)

I believe that all it is doing iis asking your permission to perform the following action with administrator rights. You simply click OK and it continues on...
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11 Jan 2011   #8


Yes it asks for a password but there is no place for one.
I must have done something that created the standard account,
now I can't find the admin one. You can't click OK, it has a yes or no but
only the no is active
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11 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Well the "administrator" account is deactivated as well as the anonymous user by default. But if you did a normal install then it asks you for a user name and that user becomes the admin/user.

Unless you went and created a second user for yourself then you /should/ have admin rights, just need to click through the UAC to activate them for a single instance.

However, the situation may be different on the home versions

You could search the site here for info on deactivating UAC entirely... see if you can hen perform the admin function you wanted. That is if your user is the actual first user account. Otherwise you will have to log into t that first uesr account to do anything admin related (including possibly activating the true administrator account).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 7 Professional x86

View hidden files and folders, go to c:\users and tell us the list of users(folders) you have listed.
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