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Windows 7: Admin Password Corrupted - HELP!

07 Dec 2012   #11
Sunrise12

Win 7 64
 
 

Okay, so I am going to attempt to restore my computer to a good date when my User Profiles were correct. I have not done so yet.

I'd like to create a bootable System Repair CD or flash drive (not sure which yet).

Is there a way to boot into System Repair without messing with the BIOS? I would rather avoid doing that.

That is, if I put a System Repair CD or USB in a drive and restart the computer, will the computer pick up on it and boot into it?

Edited to add:

I found this article that makes it easier. I think this applies to Windows 7:

http://www.ehow.com/how_8716237_boot-recovery.html

I can just hit F8 when the computer is booting up to access the System Recovery Menu where I can select the Restore option.
It's the same as accessing Safe Mode.

It appears that messing with the BIOS is not necessary.


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08 Dec 2012   #12
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Thats correct if you change in bios it will make the boot order permanent (until you change it back) or via F8 is a one time thing
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08 Dec 2012   #13
Sunrise12

Win 7 64
 
 

Good to know! The instructions on here make it seem like you have to mess with the BIOS and that isn't necessary.
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08 Dec 2012   #14
Sunrise12

Win 7 64
 
 

System Restore reset my computer back to the way it should be so I have my admin account back! Yay!

All I did was hold the F8 key after turning on my computer to access the System Repair menu. (No boot disk was necessary.)

I chose "Repair Computer" (the first option).

Then I chose "System Restore".

At first it only showed one restore date which was the wrong one and the date of the corruption.

But I was able to click on "Show Other Restore Dates" (or something like that) and select a date prior to that one.

The process was painless and fast and it brought me back to Windows the way it was before it got corrupted.

All's well that ends well!
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08 Dec 2012   #15
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Glad it was an easy fix for you
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08 Dec 2012   #16
Sunrise12

Win 7 64
 
 

Thanks for your help!
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28 Dec 2012   #17
Sunrise12

Win 7 64
 
 

The same thing happened to me again and I had to restore my settings to a previous good setting to get my admin account back and remove the temporary account that was created in place of the admin account. (I just deleted the Temp account from the Explorer menu within my regular account when I logged back into it.)

It appears that I lose my admin account after I run a program as an admin from within my regular account. I don't know why that would trigger the problem but it seems to be the cause of the issue.

I stopped using Malwarebytes Anti-malware because it requires running it as an admin in order to update the security definitions. I figured out that it crashed my admin account the first time that I had that issue.

Sure enough, when I attempted to run another program as an admin the other day, the admin account was destroyed again, so that seems to be the cause.
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28 Dec 2012   #18
Pauly

Win7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Did you ever go back and run the sfc scan after you regained admin control
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

This will check the integrity of system files and attempt to repair or replace them if any damage or corruption is found
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28 Dec 2012   #19
Sunrise12

Win 7 64
 
 

Nope, I never tried that but it doesn't look like it would hurt.
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