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  • Question

  • I have a Winows Vista laptop that has no Admistrator user enabled.

     

    I have tried the following:

    1. Tried to open add/edit/remove users from Control Panel

    Result: Popup "Please type in the administrator's password and click OK" but, OK button is greyed out (unavailable).

    2. Used 'Net user %COMPUTETRNAME\Administrator set:Enable

    Result: Error 5. Access Denied.

    3. Started the computer in safe mode

    Result: 2 Users availbale; both have 'Standard User' rights

    4. Restarted the computer with Safe Mode with Command Prompt and ran 'Net user %COMPUTERNAME%\Administrator set:Enable'.

    Result: Error 5. Access Denied.

    What else should I try? Any input shall be very appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Sunday, November 20, 2011 12:46 PM

All replies

  • You can't make an account an administrator unless you are an admin.
     
    So if you don't have an admin account there is nothing that can be done
    except reinstall Windows.
     
    The inbuilt administrator account may appear on the logon screen in safe
    mode. If not there is no solution.
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    "svm2" wrote in message news:9fd6608a-1d02-4c53-83f4-df04a2bb6d70...
    >I have a Winows Vista laptop that has no Admistrator user enabled.
    >
    >
    >
    > I have tried the following:
    >
    > 1. Tried to open add/edit/remove users from Control Panel
    >
    > Result: Popup "Please type in the administrator's password and click OK"
    > but, OK button is greyed out (unavailable).
    >
    > 2. Used 'Net user %COMPUTETRNAME\Administrator set:Enable
    >
    > Result: Error 5. Access Denied.
    >
    > 3. Started the computer in safe mode
    >
    > Result: 2 Users availbale; both have 'Standard User' rights
    >
    > 4. Restarted the computer with Safe Mode with Command Prompt and ran 'Net
    > user %COMPUTERNAME%\Administrator set:Enable'.
    >
    > Result: Error 5. Access Denied.
    >
    > What else should I try? Any input shall be very appreciated.
    >
    > Thank you.
    >
     
     
    • Proposed as answer by Sabrina Shen Thursday, November 24, 2011 5:43 AM
    Monday, November 21, 2011 8:46 AM
  • PS your syntax for the Net command is wrong.
     
    Net user Administrator /active:yes
     
    is correct. Still won't work unless you are an admin.
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    "DavidMCandy" wrote in message news:fac3d949-4ced-4980-8d45-51c404c62832...
    > You can't make an account an administrator unless you are an admin.
    >
    > So if you don't have an admin account there is nothing that can be done
    > except reinstall Windows.
    >
    > The inbuilt administrator account may appear on the logon screen in safe
    > mode. If not there is no solution.
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    > ..
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    > "svm2" wrote in message news:9fd6608a-1d02-4c53-83f4-df04a2bb6d70...
    >>I have a Winows Vista laptop that has no Admistrator user enabled.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> I have tried the following:
    >>
    >> 1. Tried to open add/edit/remove users from Control Panel
    >>
    >> Result: Popup "Please type in the administrator's password and click OK"
    >> but, OK button is greyed out (unavailable).
    >>
    >> 2. Used 'Net user %COMPUTETRNAME\Administrator set:Enable
    >>
    >> Result: Error 5. Access Denied.
    >>
    >> 3. Started the computer in safe mode
    >>
    >> Result: 2 Users availbale; both have 'Standard User' rights
    >>
    >> 4. Restarted the computer with Safe Mode with Command Prompt and ran 'Net
    >> user %COMPUTERNAME%\Administrator set:Enable'.
    >>
    >> Result: Error 5. Access Denied.
    >>
    >> What else should I try? Any input shall be very appreciated.
    >>
    >> Thank you.
    >>
    >
    >
     
     
    • Proposed as answer by Sabrina Shen Thursday, November 24, 2011 5:43 AM
    Monday, November 21, 2011 8:54 AM
  • David,

    I agree; my syntax which I posted was wrong. Although, I had the problem aftetr I corrected the syntax.

    Any other suggestions?

    Thursday, November 24, 2011 1:36 PM
  • Windows is a secure operating system. If you don't have an admin account
    there is nothing you can do except reinstall windows.
     
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    "svm2" wrote in message news:54fd0437-7407-4ec0-a50a-940e92e97f0b...
    > David,
    >
    > I agree; my syntax which I posted was wrong. Although, I had the problem
    > aftetr I corrected the syntax.
    >
    > Any other suggestions?
    >
     
     
    • Marked as answer by Sabrina Shen Friday, November 25, 2011 6:00 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by svm2 Friday, November 25, 2011 3:17 PM
    Thursday, November 24, 2011 8:14 PM
  • David,

     

    Doesn't Windows have a back door? I from the TechNet documentation, I read that the OS must have an Administrator account. I imagine Microsoft should have an error popup enabled one the Administrators group was empty.

    Apparently, in Vista, they do not. I know they have it enabled it on Windows 7 since I tried to replicate the problem on a VM. Hence, they may have an alternate bailout situation.

    Friday, November 25, 2011 3:21 PM
  • The only bailout is starting in safe mode where the inbuilt administrator
    account should appear. It doesn't for you.
     
    To do anything else requires an admin account.
     
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    "svm2" wrote in message news:7335c4f3-4c4c-4ef9-9d7c-9551e0b6a270...
    > David,
    >
    >
    >
    > Doesn't Windows have a back door? I from the TechNet documentation, I read
    > that the OS must have an Administrator account. I imagine Microsoft should
    > have an error popup enabled one the Administrators group was empty.
    >
    > Apparently, in Vista, they do not. I know they have it enabled it on
    > Windows 7 since I tried to replicate the problem on a VM. Hence, they may
    > have an alternate bailout situation.
    >
     
     
    Friday, November 25, 2011 10:06 PM