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Windows 7: User Account Type - Change

13 Nov 2015   #10
brubakes

Windows 8.1 Professional 64bit
 
 

very helpful thank you!


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13 Nov 2015   #11
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm glad it could be helpful brubakes.
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17 Jan 2016   #12
MADinIA

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
How to Change a User Account Type in Windows 7

I am the only user on my computer. Some time ago, I changed my normal Admin account (default Admin-level account created in Windows 7, not the "hidden" Uber-Admin account) to Standard User, with the intent of setting up a new Administrator account to handle Admin tasks without having to go into "hidden" Admin account each time. BIG MISTAKE! (Unfortunately, I had not seen the warning in this thread!) Now, I can not change it back, or even change a newly-created account to Administrator type, even using the "hidden" Admin account. When I go into Control Panel/User Accounts, click on the desired account, click on change account type, and click on Administrator, the "Change Account Type" click box grays out, and nothing changes. This happens even when I try it from the "hidden" Uber-Admin account, in Safe Mode and with UAC turned off. That I can't do this from my standard user account doesn't surprise me, but that I can't even achieve this using the "hidden" Administrator account is very, very frustrating. (I can't help wondering WHY Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, could not put a warning in that pops up if one tries to change their only non-hidden account from Admin to Standard, indicating that this can't be undone without an act of God plus an act of Congress, i.e., functionally impossible.) How do I affect this change, and regain administrative rights over my own computer without having to uninstall/reinstall Windows 7?
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17 Jan 2016   #13
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello MADinIA,

Yeah, I never understood why Windows would let you change your last admin account to be a standard user either.

Have you already tried changing the account's type in an elevated command prompt while logged in to the built-in Administrator account?
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17 Jan 2016   #14
MADinIA

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Tried this; shows that my account is already in Administsrators group, but when I look at it in Control Panel/Users/change account type, it still shows up as User, not as Administrator.

Also went through Option Five, made sure desired user was IN Administrators group, but NOT IN Users (thought this might force change from Standard User to Administrator, but no such luck). When I went into Control Panel/Users/"My Admin Acct" and clicked on "Change Account Type, still shows up as standard user.

Brink -- Really like your signature line, "There are no dumb questions, just the people who do not ask them." Just wish everyone thought like this...
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17 Jan 2016   #15
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

MADinIA,

By default, your account should be a member of both the "Users" and "Administrators" group. If you're joined to a homegroup, then it will also be a member of the "HomeUsers" group.

If you use the commands in step 2 of OPTION FOUR, does it show this?
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18 Jan 2016   #16
MADinIA

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

No, it doesn't. I tried doing this step in command prompt, it yielded only a long list. I took a screencap of this and saved it to a Word document; not sure if I can post it here, but I'll try.


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File Type: docx what I got from cmd prmpt with both admins n users.docx (49.9 KB, 135 views)
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18 Jan 2016   #17
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You just entered the commands incorrectly. It should be these below instead.

net localgroup users

net localgroup administrators

net localgroup homeusers
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