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Windows 7: Administor account demoted to guest

10 Oct 2009   #1
Steve Renolds

Windows7
 
 
Administor account demoted to guest

I have really painted myself in to a corner here, the only administrator account on my computer has been demoted to a guest.
I achieved this feat while changing my computers sin, The program ran for over 26 hours hours straight so i assumed that it had frozen. Upon restarting my computer i was shocked to find my account level had been reduced to guest.
Usually when i break windows i simply export my files onto a external HD and reformat but since i can't touch them this is not an option.

Please help me save my 80 gigs of porn.


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10 Oct 2009   #2
H2SO4

Win7x64
 
 

It's hard to not be moved by an impassioned plea like that. If you boot to safe mode (press F8 at startup), you should be able to log on with the built-in (default) admin account, assuming all the other admin accounts are gone. First thing would be to create yourself a nice shiny new admin account, then log back on in normal mode and make a backup of your valuables.
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10 Oct 2009   #3
Steve Renolds

Windows7
 
 

I tryed logging into administrator but it too is a guest, isn't it off by default?
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10 Oct 2009   #4
H2SO4

Win7x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Steve Renolds View Post
I tryed logging into administrator but it too is a guest, isn't it off by default?
It's not "off" in safe mode if the other admin accounts are gone.

Can you define what precisely you mean by "demoted to guest"? There's only ever one guest account (it's called "guest"), so I think we've got a terminology issue here.

Why does your standard admin account feel hobbled, and why do you believe it's somehow become the "guest"?
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10 Oct 2009   #5
Steve Renolds

Windows7
 
 

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10 Oct 2009   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Steve, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Once you boot into Safe Mode. Log off from the Start Menu, and see if there is a Administrator icon displayed to log on with into Safe Mode. If so, then you can change your default administrator account back to the administrator type instead of guest.

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Hope this helps,
Shawn
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10 Oct 2009   #7
H2SO4

Win7x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Steve Renolds View Post
Strange. I'm not sure what the "guest account" label means in this instance, especially alongside the obvious GUEST account listed next to it. My gut feeling is that something's very broken in your accounts database.

Can you explain this in more detail please: "I achieved this feat while changing my computers sin"

Sin? Do you mean your computer's SID perhaps? What were you attempting to change and why? What mechanism did you use to try change "it", whatever it may be?

EDIT: Apparently Brink understands the sitation so please disregard my advice until you've done what he suggested.
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10 Oct 2009   #8
Steve Renolds

Windows7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Steve, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Once you boot into Safe Mode. Log off from the Start Menu, and see if there is a Administrator icon displayed to log on with in Safe Mode. If so, then you can change your default administrator account back to the administrator type instead of guest.

User Account Type - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by H2SO4 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Steve Renolds View Post
Strange. I'm not sure what the "guest account" label means in this instance, especially alongside the obvious GUEST account listed next to it. My gut feeling is that something's very broken in your accounts database.

Can you explain this in more detail please: "I achieved this feat while changing my computers sin"

Sin? Do you mean your computer's SID perhaps? What were you attempting to change and why? What mechanism did you use to try change "it", whatever it may be?

EDIT: Apparently Brink understands the sitation so please disregard my advice until you've done what he suggested.
Yeah, i was changing my SID. I was using a program that allows you to change it.
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10 Oct 2009   #9
H2SO4

Win7x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Steve Renolds View Post
Yeah, i was changing my SID. I was using a program that allows you to change it.
It's hard to help without a detailed description of what, why, and how.

Near as I can figure, the act of trying to alter security identifiers has resulted in the system no longer trusting accounts that it finds in its own database - their SIDs no longer match the "domain" that is the PC's own identifier. That's why they're labeled as "guest accounts".

There should be absolutely no need for a home or small office machine to have its SID altered, ever. If you provide more info as to the motivation and mechanism, it's possible somebody may be able to help. Good luck.
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10 Oct 2009   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Well, it looks like about the only thing you can do now is a custom install. After reinstalling all your drivers and programs again, you can copy any files that you had in the previous installation from the C:\Windows.old folder back. When all is ok again, you can delete the Windows.old folder to regain the space back from it.
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