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  • Hello,

    I accidently made the guest account my administrator and it wont let me change it back to the original.  I cannot make another account the administrator or change the name, nothing.  What can I do to change it back.

    Monday, March 10, 2008 5:51 PM

Answers

  • Hi Lee Davis,

     

    We can use the net localgroup command to do so, please follow these steps:

     

    1.   Log onto the Windows Vista with an account that is member of administrators group.

    2.   Click Start, type cmd in the Start Search box, right-click the cmd.exe icon, and select Run as Administrator.

    3. In the Command Prompt, type net localgroup administrators guest /delete and press Enter.

     

    Hope it helps.

     

    Friday, March 14, 2008 4:22 AM
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  • Hi Lee Davis,

     

    I am sorry to hear that there is no account belonging to the Administrators group. In this case, you will have to reinstall to restore access to the system.

     

    Thank you for your understanding.

     

    Monday, March 31, 2008 4:33 AM
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All replies

  • Hi Lee Davis,

     

    May I know the detailed steps you performed to make the guest account an administrator? I would like to reproduce the issue for troubleshooting.

     

    Thanks. I look forward to your reply.

     

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008 9:34 AM
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  • As far as I remember, I just went into users and made the guest the administrator.

     

    Wednesday, March 12, 2008 2:54 PM
  • Hi Lee Davis,

     

    I think I have found out the solution.  Please follow these steps:

    =================================

     

    1.    Log onto the Windows Vista with an account that is member of administrators group.

    2.    Click Start, type lusrmgr.msc in the Start Search box and press Enter.

    3.    Click the Users node, right-click Guest in the right pane, select Properties, click Member Of tab and remove Administrators under the Member of: section.

     

    Hope it helps.

     

    Thursday, March 13, 2008 6:11 AM
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  • I am using Windows Vista Home Premium and it says I have to go to user accounts in control panel.

     

    Thursday, March 13, 2008 1:39 PM
  • Hi Lee Davis,

     

    We can use the net localgroup command to do so, please follow these steps:

     

    1.   Log onto the Windows Vista with an account that is member of administrators group.

    2.   Click Start, type cmd in the Start Search box, right-click the cmd.exe icon, and select Run as Administrator.

    3. In the Command Prompt, type net localgroup administrators guest /delete and press Enter.

     

    Hope it helps.

     

    Friday, March 14, 2008 4:22 AM
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  • no, that didnt work either.  Could it be because its Windows Vista Home Premium.

     

    Friday, March 14, 2008 12:57 PM
  • Hi Lee Davis,

     

    I have performed test before posting the solution, and the troubleshooting steps can apply to Windows Vista Home Premium Edition.

     

    I would like to confirm the current situation with you:

     

    1.    Is the command completed successfully?

    2.    What user account you used to run the command?

     

    Please capture the error message for further research.

     

    Thanks. I look forward to your reply.

     

    Monday, March 17, 2008 5:23 AM
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  • The adminstrator was Lee, and the user account was guest.  Lee made the guest account the administrator.  Now I cannot access different files that a guest should not have access to.  Like security files, etc...  I want to change the administrator back to Lee, but it wont let me.  There is really no error message, it just tells me that the Guest account cannot access these files, even though the administrator is the guest.  If we cant figure this out, how do I go back to the factory settings.  I have an Acer Aspire 5570Z.  I have the system disk and the restore disk, but I cannot get them to work.

     

    Monday, March 17, 2008 5:20 PM
  • Hi Lee Davis,

     

    Making the guest account an administrator should not affect the privilege of other accounts. That is, Lee should still be a member of administrators. However, I am afraid that you also made the user account Lee not an administrator and there is no administrator account except Guest. To better understand the current situation, we need to know if the command net localgroup administrators guest /delete can complete successfully. If not, please capture the error message for further research.

     

    In addition, please perform the following steps to check if the user account Lee is still a member of administrators group:

     

    1) Logon to Windows Vista with Lee, click Start, type cmd in the Start Search box, right-click cmd.exe iccon and selete Run as Administrator.
    2) In the Command Prompt, type whoami /groups > membership.txt, and press Enter.
    3) In the Command Prompt, type membership.txt and press Enter to open the file.
    4) Copy and paste the content of the file to the current thread.

     

    Please understand that in case there is no administrator account in the system, we may have to restore or reinstall the system.

     

    For the system disk and restore disk, as they are provided by Acer, I suggest contacting them for instruction.

     

    Thank you for your understanding.

     

    Thursday, March 20, 2008 6:58 AM
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  •  

    I did what you said and the computer says:  The option/is unknown

                                                                    The syntax of this command is:

    NET LOCALGROUP

    [groupname[/COMMENT: "text"][/DOMAIN]

    groupname {ADD[/COMMENT:"TEXT"]:/DELETE>[/DOMAIN]

    groupname name [...] {ADD:/DELETE>[/DOMAIN]

    more help is available by typing NETHELPMFG 3506

     

    I did the more help thing and did not see guest account

    Friday, March 21, 2008 1:31 PM
  • Hi Lee Davis,

     

    From the error message, it seems you typed “ /is” in the command. Please confirm if the command you typed is the same as the one listed below:

     

    net localgroup administrators guest /delete 

     

    In addition, please perform the following steps to check if the user account Lee is still a member of administrators group:

     

    1) Logon to Windows Vista with Lee, click Start, type cmd in the Start Search box, right-click cmd.exe iccon and selete Run as Administrator.
    2) In the Command Prompt, type whoami /groups > membership.txt, and press Enter.
    3) In the Command Prompt, type membership.txt and press Enter to open the file.
    4) Copy and paste the content of the file to the current thread.

     

    Monday, March 24, 2008 9:27 AM
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  •  

    =====
    Everyone                               Well-known group S-1-1-0      Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
    BUILTIN\Users                          Alias            S-1-5-32-545 Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
    NT AUTHORITY\INTERACTIVE               Well-known group S-1-5-4      Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
    NT AUTHORITY\Authenticated Users       Well-known group S-1-5-11     Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
    NT AUTHORITY\This Organization         Well-known group S-1-5-15     Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
    LOCAL                                  Well-known group S-1-2-0      Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
    NT AUTHORITY\NTLM Authentication       Well-known group S-1-5-64-10  Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
    Mandatory Label\Medium Mandatory Level Unknown SID type S-1-16-8192  Mandatory group, Enabled by default, Enabled group
    Monday, March 24, 2008 12:21 PM
  • Hi Lee Davis,

     

    From the output of the command, I find that this account is not a member of Administrators group and thus it does not have permission to complete the command. Besides the Guest, is there any account that is a member of the Administrators group?

    Thursday, March 27, 2008 8:04 AM
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  • Lee was the Administrator and made the Guest the Administrator.  As far as I know noone is part of the Administrators group.

     

    Thursday, March 27, 2008 1:55 PM
  • Hi Lee Davis,

     

    I am sorry to hear that there is no account belonging to the Administrators group. In this case, you will have to reinstall to restore access to the system.

     

    Thank you for your understanding.

     

    Monday, March 31, 2008 4:33 AM
    Moderator
  • Thank you, Jason!  That was exactly what I needed.  It worked for me on a Dell Inspiron, running W7 x64.  That was probably the only time that the first bit of tech advice I tried actually worked the first time without any other fooling around.  Thank you again!
    Sunday, January 8, 2012 7:32 AM