Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

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  1. Posts : 8
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #140

    Would there be any way of editing the SAM file to do this or create user accounts, or does the SAM just maintain passwords.
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  2. Posts : 70,224
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #141

    Hello Emptysorrows,

    I'm not sure if there is, but I wouldn't recommend to mess with it. Are you not able to use the normal method to do so?
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  3. Posts : 8
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #142

    I was previously locked out of my account so I could not. But I edited my SAM file to reset the password so I've already enabled the Admin account. Oh and thanks for the post.
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  4. Posts : 70,224
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
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       #143

    That's great news. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted. :)
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  5. Posts : 10,200
    MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
       #144

    Use System Repair disc to enable/disable ?


    I have a case where it appears that the user has locked himself out.

    UAC shows him as an administrator, but he can not carry out any admin tasks and can not make any changes in UAC.

    He can see UAC but can not use UAC.

    My question is:
    If he boots from a system repair disc,
    can he then run:
    net user administrator /active:yes

    to enable the built-in adminstrator account and then be able to create a new admin account which hopefully he will then be able to use.

    This appears to be an honest user and he has shown me snippets verifying the problem on his home computer with home premium installed.
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  6. Posts : 70,224
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #145

    Hello Karl,

    Yes, he should be able to using this instead though. :)

    Built-in Administrator - Enable from WinRE
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  7. Posts : 10,200
    MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
       #146

    that tutorial talks of using a 3rd party program that is only for 32bit systems or did I miss something.
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  8. Posts : 70,224
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #147

    For Method 1 yes, but he should be able to use Method 2 to be able to enable it at boot.
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  9. Posts : 10,200
    MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
       #148

    I'll give it a try, probably Friday. Must make full system image backup first in case disaster strikes. Don't really like that kind of registry editing. looks like a good place for a .reg file perhaps.
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  10. Posts : 70,224
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #149

    I'm not sure if a REG file would run at boot like that.
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