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Windows 7: How do I regain Admin privileges?

25 Mar 2013   #1

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How do I regain Admin privileges?

I left on vacation over the past weekend. Upon my arrival home, I went to my computer to check my mail. I noticed a second account but thought nothing of it on the log-in screen. Later, as I am trying to update my programs such as iTunes, I come to find out that my administrator privileges are gone. My roommate has confessed to changing adding an administrator account and demoting my account. However, the password he set was from a random password generator and is only recorded in a text file on the desktop of the admin account. How do I regain my administrative privileges on the computer and delete the other account?

I have an HP Pavillion p7-1207c.
I have tried restoring the system from a backup, but that requires an admin's permission.
All help is gladly accepted.

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25 Mar 2013   #2

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Not a smart guy... that roommate of yours!

User Account Password - Change from WinRE

In step 7 do:
net  user  name_of_admin_account  *
Now give the name_of_admin_account a new password so you can logon. Now you can give the other acount admin priviliges. You can delete the name_of_admin_account when logged on as admin account. Step 8 to 13 aren't needed of course
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25 Mar 2013   #3

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Use the method given by Kaktussof, provided you have a W7 disc.

If you don't have the install or repair disc, take a look at Offline Windows Password & Registry Editor, you will need to downloiad and burn the .iso to a CD.

Be sure to break a few of your room mate's fingers!
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31 Mar 2013   #4

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Thank you so much! I wrote the iso to the disk, played around with the settings a bit, and voila! I didn't hurt my room mate.... I just got $200 out of him :P
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01 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I'm glad everything worked out for you!

By the way, welcome to Sevenforums!
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