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How to login as administrator?

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  • I have enabled the Administrator account and set a password but I cannot login as the administrator.

    How can this be done?

    Edwin

    Sunday, June 18, 2006 3:37 AM

Answers

  • what do you mean you can not login with that account or you do not get admin

    Privilege are you part of a domain?

    can you login in with user name and password ?

    Sunday, June 18, 2006 6:37 AM
  • In Vista, the Administrator (or an administrator) is no longer the most trusted object in the operating system. Yes this is to "ostensibly" protect the system, and is part of a general concept of protecting the integrity of the system.

    What change do you want to make to the root directories mentioned? Why do you need to change the permissions on the system files?

    I would suggest that *effective* administrators will spend their time learning and understanding the new design, rather than trying to make it act "just like the old way".

    Saturday, July 01, 2006 7:34 PM
  • The following was copied from:

    http://www.vistax64.com/vista-general/43191-user-profile-service-failed-logon.html

     

    I'm new to Vista so I asked my wizz friend and then I managed to solve the problem:
    1. I closed down.
    2. Turned computer on and immediately pressed F8 repeatedly until I got "Advanced Boot Options".
    3. used the down arrow to select "Safe Mode" and pressed enter.
    4. computer then opened eventually in the funny look of safe mode, with a "Help" window.
    5. In the help window there is an underlined "What is System Restore?" Clicking on that gave me the answer and "Click to open System Restore"
    6. I clicked on that and a new window came up recommending restoring to a previous state before windows update which I had done before the fault occurred.
    7. I clicked OK and after a bit of whirring all came up OK. Can you imagine how pleased I felt?
    8. Incidentally I had also changed the display font size to the larger size just before the fault occurred so while in Safe Mode I managed to remember how I had done that and changed it back again as that may have caused the fault.

     

    Monday, December 10, 2007 11:38 PM

All replies

  • what do you mean you can not login with that account or you do not get admin

    Privilege are you part of a domain?

    can you login in with user name and password ?

    Sunday, June 18, 2006 6:37 AM
  • You could try using the UPN. There seems to be a bit of an issue choosing between domain and local logon in Vista. The UPN will always be a domain logon.
    Tuesday, June 20, 2006 9:52 PM
  • Hi Richard

    Could you expand,?  I too enabled administrator as it seems it is disabled (like guest) by default, but when running the login screen on hte users appear, even if they are part of the admin group.  Issue I have is that areas of the Vista directories, (application data - in the docs and seetings-user directories) are locked out security wise.  This means I cannot change the security settings and access those areas to change anything.  More stupid is that in IE7 I cannot even manage my links! Tells me I do not have rights and not able to change them.. I cannot log on as admin to anything.  Tried to stake ownership, no go.

    So, any clues anyone?

    Tx
    • Proposed as answer by gumgo71 Thursday, February 11, 2010 2:22 AM
    Sunday, June 25, 2006 10:18 AM
  • MS has set some rather dumb permissions on certain directories in Vista (ostensibly to protect us....).  For example, the Everyone group has the Deny permission set for List Folder/Read Data on the C:\Users\All Users folder.  This means Everyone - including Administrators, are semi-locked out of this folder!  You can, as a member of the Admin group, change the permissions, but this will become a major headache for support people.  The Default User and Documents and Setting folders also have this permission set (and what other folders....?).  Windows Permissions are *confusing* enough to use, but I guarantee IT people/power users will be getting rid of these permissions - and when you start messing with permissions in system folders, you have to be careful.

    To change the user who can login, change a security policy.  Administrative Tools, Local Security Settings, Security Options, Interactive Logon: Do not display last user name.  Doing this will allow you to login as the Administrator.  Although, adding yourself to the Administrators group would have the same effect as logging in as Administrator.
    I don't know if Vista gold will have a normal login screen or if you will be forced to use the cutesy login with a flower or a dog or a litte kitty cat (barf).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tuesday, June 27, 2006 11:11 PM
  • In Vista, the Administrator (or an administrator) is no longer the most trusted object in the operating system. Yes this is to "ostensibly" protect the system, and is part of a general concept of protecting the integrity of the system.

    What change do you want to make to the root directories mentioned? Why do you need to change the permissions on the system files?

    I would suggest that *effective* administrators will spend their time learning and understanding the new design, rather than trying to make it act "just like the old way".

    Saturday, July 01, 2006 7:34 PM
  • Here is what blocks me from viewing a drive content and why I would need to change permissions:

    http://img77.imageshack.us/img77/7272/unabletoviewowner5bt.gif

     

    Help from Microsoft Vista indicates that the Administrator (or an administrator) can take ownership of objects. Obviously, this seems not true in the case permissions on a drive root were previously changed on XP.

    Monday, July 10, 2006 1:59 PM
  • I am having a problem with the tranfer wizward in build 5456 when I go to thansfer the old programs or etc it askes for a password and I have no idea which password it is asking for tried a lot of them and nothing works. The security is very tight tried to delete some old windows stuff and  it just keeps denying  me to delet ethem until i went into every file and changed the permissions.
    • Proposed as answer by msspbm Sunday, May 10, 2009 10:52 AM
    Friday, July 14, 2006 4:36 AM
  • In regards to your reply about an "effective" administrator, that is all well and good for the corporate enviornment.  However, I am a the only user of my system in a "home" enviornment and I do not want/need to be locked out of directories and files.  Logged in as myself today I tried to double click on "Documents and Settings" only to be told I do not have permissions.  I do understand the need to lock down the OS/System in a corporate enviornment but, the present situtation is overly oppresive for a single user system.
    Thursday, July 20, 2006 1:20 PM
  • What was the passowrd on the system that you are tring to transfer from (example I have Vista and old computer is XP, Then what was the password on the XP system.
    Monday, July 24, 2006 12:58 PM
  • Hi All,

    The "Administrator" account has been disabled by default Vista setting.

    To login as Administrator, you have to enable the "Administrator" account.

     

    My Computer (right click) --> [Manage] --> [Users and Groups] --> Users --> Administrator --> Properties.

     

    Then, you should use turn on Adminitrator in logon menu by this site.

    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/admins.htm

     

    You should can logon as "Administrator"

     

    BTW: The best way should be run APP using "Run as Administrator".

    Wednesday, August 16, 2006 9:11 AM
  • Thank you, that was helpful, but I also want to say how frustrating it is when you're the only user. I needed to uninstall a program, but then it wouldn't let me access some folders that needed deleting afterwards. For each folder I needed to change the access. When I finally got to program files\common files and the appropropriate subfolder for that program, it wouldn't let me. Turning on Administrator worked, but it shouldn't be this hard.

    How can individuals who have one computer at home work like this? I have 5, but I sitll don't want that much security.

    Ellen
    Friday, August 25, 2006 2:18 AM
  • I understand that with the New security model in Vista we ALL will need to get use to it, However if we look down the road, we are all better protected and as ISV (software developers) follow MS lead most of these issues will become a bad memory, for a short period of time. Programs writen for Vista will use a newer Install and Uninstall process reducing the problem you had. I taught some of the Developer Airlifts and we stress to developers the need make sure that the unistall process is clean.

     

     

    Friday, August 25, 2006 12:08 PM
  •     Despite it´s still a Beta OS, as a network/Server2003 administrator and a home computer beta tester i'll don't want to get used to it right now, it's the same as if i get the keys to my home and can't open the ceiling to do maintenance! We're talking about administrators here, not regular users!(and yes, i do loved the two levels regular user accounts security idea).

    Since MS Windows 2.0, every new release of Microsoft's OS gave us a chance to switch back to a "classic" way to do things and slowly get used to the new way, why we can't do this with MS Vista?

      How we local administrators can gain full access to the system(to do whatever we want to do)? 

          

     

    Sunday, October 01, 2006 5:55 PM
  • Bcs i.e I'd like to transfer my favourities from Vista to XP... and vice versa.
    Sunday, October 08, 2006 2:21 PM
  • Thank you

    you are more usefull than microsoft it self

    Monday, October 09, 2006 12:37 AM
  •  

    Hi, when I click on My Computer (right click) --> [Manage] -->

     

    There is no [Users and Groups]  option.

     

    Im using Windows Vista Home Premium.

     

    When I go to Settings --> User Accounts, it says Administrator right under my name.

     

    Yet some of the system files like "Documents and Settings" are still blocked.

     

    Any suggestions?

    Thursday, September 13, 2007 6:01 AM
  • Documents and Settings isn't a real folder, it's a junction point included only for application compatability. There are several more of these inside user profiles to allow Windows to detect when applications are making assumptions about the location of special folders and correct it for them.

     

    The equivalent of the "c:\Documents and Settings" folder is "c:\users\"

     

    Thursday, September 13, 2007 12:39 PM
  • Hi, i went to my computer, i open the manage, but there is no "User and Groups", so i still can not log on as the real administrator, i need to uninstall a sotware in order to be able to install a new version, but i can not, this is ridiculous, i'm wasting time and money with this "Windows vista". Please if anyone knows how can i uninstall the software, please!!!!!, explain me how!!!!!!.

     

     

    Thursday, September 27, 2007 1:28 PM
  • Hi Margaret, I have the same problem - I'm trying to activate Flight Simulator X.  It asks for an administrator login but even though I've set one up it still rejects it.  I can't get anywhere from there.  And yes I have checked capslock etc...

     

    I just want control of MY computer, it's so maddening to be nannied to the point where applications become unusable.  I have Vista Home Premium.

     

    Aside:   (Another example of Vista nonsense: I was unable to access the internet in IE7 until I found "protected mode: Off" where 'protection' in this case meant it was impossible to access the internet, which I suppose is pretty good protection but hey!)

     

    Monday, October 01, 2007 10:34 PM
  • Yayyy, following on from my last post, I was playing around and finally found out how to do it!! 

     

    Go to Control Panel (classic view)/ User Accounts

     

    click the bottom line "turn User Account Controll On or Off"

     

    then uncheck the box!  (it then asks you to restart the PC)

     

    Thanks for making me persevere, Margaret, hope you get your PC sorted too! 

     

    Monday, October 01, 2007 10:51 PM
  • Well my sister is the administrator of this computer and she does not remember what the password is.I have very important things that I need to get done but I need to download things to my computer.Without the password/ permission from the administrator you cant download anything.How can we change the password without knowing our current one?I've tried just about everything.Please help me change this password so I can be the more responsible administrator.

     

                                                          Thank you for your time.

     

                                                                    Sincerely,

                                                                                    Amber Bean

    Friday, November 09, 2007 6:01 PM
  • After a month using my new computer with Vista preinstalled I now cannot log on as the Administrator. The message I get is "The user profile service failed the logon. User profile cannot be located".  I can logon using my childs account, but cannot change any settings. It's not a password issue, as I know the correct password. I tried the above solution but it didn't fit it. Computer supplier says it a Microsoft issue, Microsoft says it is the computer supplier issue.  Is this a Vista glitch? Can someone help me??

     

    Tuesday, November 20, 2007 5:37 AM
  • I would look and see if you can if your account is still intact in the computer under users or administrators and what version of Vista are you running
    Tuesday, November 20, 2007 8:05 PM
  • After reading all of the comments to my original post I can offer this bit of advice. Go out and buy a copy of Windows XP, reformat the hard disk and install XP. This cures all of the glitches of Vista.

     

    I think Microsoft really stubbed their collective toe on Vista. It's hard to use. The UI is changed in places where there is no reason to change which makes for a greater learning curve for experienced XP users. The security model makes it incompatible with many applications such that upwards of 40% of need to be upgraded. Even the owner/administrator cannot get into many things which they legitimately NEED to get into. And on top of all the problems, there isn't a thing in Vista Business edition that a corporate user needs so there is no reason to upgrade.

     

    I have tried to upgrade several pieces of legacy hardware to Vista and in every case there are several devices that won't function because of no driver support. Manufacturers refuse to pay Microsoft to bless their drivers so no drivers for most legacy devices will be forthcoming. So the upgrade path is effectively shut off for a lot of otherwise Vista capable hardware. Not a very good selling point. IMHO.

     

    Tuesday, November 20, 2007 8:32 PM
  • As for the error message I received when trying to logon as administrator, it read "The user profile service failed the logon. The user profile cannot be found". There is only one administrator account. The other user (my child) can logon but does not have privaledges, so this doesn't help. The good news is that I found the solution in another tech forum. The solution requires the computer to be turned off, restarted in safe mode by pressing F12 key as it begins to boot up. Select Safe Mode and follow instructions. I then was able to roll back my computer to a date on which I knew there was no issue. In this case I selected Nov. 1st. But, in the other forum the user suggested Nov. 13th was the date this occurred to him. He felt that the problem was caused by an automatic Vista update, and suggested it be turned off, which I have also done. I'm inclined to believe this based on the number of similar complaints I observed by many users in various forums. Microsoft may need to work on a patch to correct this issue, and when ready I will be pleased to download it. Until them auto updates remain off.  Problem is now fixed.

    Regards and good luck!

    Thursday, November 29, 2007 3:52 AM
  • I am trying to install my HP Deskjet F340 all-in-one.  My system tells me that I do not have permission because I am not the Administrator. I need to know how to become the administrator.  I am not computer savey granted, but I try.  Please help me.

     

    Saturday, December 08, 2007 3:44 PM
  • I recently posted the following solution in another forum. Please let me know if it helps.

     

    As for the error message I received when trying to logon as administrator, it read "The user profile service failed the logon. The user profile cannot be found". There is only one administrator account. The other user (my child) can logon but does not have privaledges, so this doesn't help. The good news is that I found the solution in another tech forum. The solution requires the computer to be turned off, restarted in safe mode by pressing F12 key as it begins to boot up. Select Safe Mode and follow instructions. I then was able to roll back my computer to a date on which I knew there was no issue. In this case I selected Nov. 1st. But, in the other forum the user suggested Nov. 13th was the date this occurred to him. He felt that the problem was caused by an automatic Vista update, and suggested it be turned off, which I have also done. I'm inclined to believe this based on the number of similar complaints I observed by many users in various forums. Microsoft may need to work on a patch to correct this issue, and when ready I will be pleased to download it. Until them auto updates remain off.  Problem is now fixed. It may be a good idea to post more explicitely the exact steps users should take to solve this issue.

     

    Kind Regards

     

    P. de Cleir

    Sunday, December 09, 2007 3:42 AM
  • When I try to log on it tells me "user profile service failed login- user profile cannot be loaded"

     

    Monday, December 10, 2007 4:01 PM
  • The following was copied from:

    http://www.vistax64.com/vista-general/43191-user-profile-service-failed-logon.html

     

    I'm new to Vista so I asked my wizz friend and then I managed to solve the problem:
    1. I closed down.
    2. Turned computer on and immediately pressed F8 repeatedly until I got "Advanced Boot Options".
    3. used the down arrow to select "Safe Mode" and pressed enter.
    4. computer then opened eventually in the funny look of safe mode, with a "Help" window.
    5. In the help window there is an underlined "What is System Restore?" Clicking on that gave me the answer and "Click to open System Restore"
    6. I clicked on that and a new window came up recommending restoring to a previous state before windows update which I had done before the fault occurred.
    7. I clicked OK and after a bit of whirring all came up OK. Can you imagine how pleased I felt?
    8. Incidentally I had also changed the display font size to the larger size just before the fault occurred so while in Safe Mode I managed to remember how I had done that and changed it back again as that may have caused the fault.

     

    Monday, December 10, 2007 11:38 PM
  • I cannot login in as an administrator.  I can only log in as a guest.  When I type my password in my user account (as administrator) it shows "user profile service failed the login- user profile cannot be loaded.

     

    Tuesday, December 11, 2007 10:04 PM
  • Did you try and log in as administrator in safe mode?

     

    Wednesday, December 12, 2007 6:25 PM
  • I' running xp sp3 home ed, suddenly i can't get into m/s updates (yes, i have auto updates ON) they say I have to log on as the computer administrator. I thought i was the administrator since it's my computer in my house. I went to m/s support and got document kb 316524 and ran the 5 methods to try and correct problem with no results. So HOW do I log on as the ADMINISTRATOR ? 

    Friday, January 04, 2008 6:06 AM
  • I am having the same problem, my daughter some how is the admin. instead of me i don't know how she did it but she can not remember her password I need help badly.

    Tuesday, January 08, 2008 3:20 AM
  • The collective should not bargain with subordinates, that is the message M.S. has taken...format the drive and re-install an "old" copy of XP. Nobody knows why yet but Vista sucks still after 1 year of "torture"

     

    Thursday, January 17, 2008 11:05 PM
  • I have other computers but a friend gave my son a laptop before moving to the east coast.to login it states administrator plus we don't know the password

    Tuesday, February 12, 2008 11:50 PM
  • http://www.loginrecovery.com/ you can try this for the password recovery
    Wednesday, February 13, 2008 5:11 AM
  • To log In as ADMINISTRATOR In XP Just Press (Ctrl+Alt+Del) Two Times In The Logon Screen And Type In ADMINISTRATOR.

    Friday, March 21, 2008 10:50 AM
  •  EdwinSmith wrote:

    I have enabled the Administrator account and set a password but I cannot login as the administrator.

    How can this be done?

    Edwin

    Friday, June 20, 2008 3:23 PM
  •  

    When I select the icon for administrator it wont load. It just sits there.

     

    Friday, August 01, 2008 7:26 PM
  • i cannot download programs because my windows keep saying i need to sign in as an administrator,i have set up an admistraror password but i get the same results.please help.thank you
    Tuesday, September 02, 2008 4:38 PM
  • Oh Good!  But....what is theUPN??????

    Please!

    Thanks, Sue

    Saturday, September 13, 2008 8:07 AM
  • There is no [Users and Groups] option under [Manage].  Are you sure you are referring to Windows Vista?
    Sunday, September 28, 2008 8:38 PM
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    What a BS answer!  MS has failed the people by not allowing a TRUE administrator!  I can't even run chkdsk on MY system because I'm not the "Administrator". 

     

    It is not up to MS to decide who has the power to do what on MY machine.  That's MY business and should be set the way that I want it!  I'm getting sick and tired of trying to do something only to be told I'm not authorized!  I bought this machine, not Bill Gates! 

     

    I want access to all areas of MY computer to do what I want with MY computer!  You people at MS need to fix this ASAP!

    Wednesday, December 03, 2008 4:59 PM
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    With Windows Home Premium, there is not Users and Groups under Manage!  So how else can this hidden admin be activated so I can be that person? 

     

    With this being a home computer, you would think I would have full rights to my computer and the ability to setup any other users and restrict them, such as kids.  I was told if I want this, I have to spend MORE money to get Vista Ultimate.  This is just wrong!  If MS isn't going to give us our right to full access to the system we bought then it's time for some class action to get a fix in place to give us that right.  This is rediculous! Absurd!

    Wednesday, December 03, 2008 5:08 PM
  • Try this I found it on the google search once

    After experimentation with both Home Basic and Home Premium, only two steps are necessary to unhide the administrator account, no registry changes are required.

    Step 1: Open a command window by going to all programs -> accessories and choosing the dos box, right click and RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR

    Step 2: type the following: net user Administrator /active:yes   and hit enter

    Step 3: type the following: net user Administrator Password (where Password is whatever you want the admin password to be) and hit enter

    Type exit to close the dos box, reboot and your computer should present you with the option to login to your own account or the administrator account. That administrator password will be the one you set in the net user command above.

    Use at own risk both my copy's are Ultimate and Business and I have always used the hidden account from day one on my 3 systems less problems just have to run good security.
    Wednesday, December 03, 2008 7:15 PM
  • Sandman, if you were here I would order you a beer!  Thank you!  That worked out just fine for me.  Now all I have to do is do that on 2 more laptops and I think we will be good to go. 

     

    I still can't believe I can't set my own admin ID to do any and every thing.  That's just plain crazy.  Maybe MS will realize not everyone is a neophyte user and some may even want to have more control over children's accounts.

     

    Thanks again Sandman.  Your google search worked just fine on a Vista Home Premium edition.

     

    Thursday, December 04, 2008 12:24 AM
  • your very welcome and I did beta testing on Vista way back in November and i found out the hard way about the full Admin account and when i started using the full Admin acccount from the start I elimated a lot of my problem and softwarte that would not run or give me all kinds of problims with the regular admin account  worked great like a diffeerent computer but. I fell for people who say vista did this and vista did that when it is usually the software or hardware or the user that is the vista problem i have  3 systems running from day one and they have reliability rating of 98.0 or better most of the time so that tell you they are not having problems I run Symantic corparate adtivirus and Zlone Alarm Pro for protection and i built all my systems myself buying most of the parts fro Newegg and also built one for my brother in law wwho has no problems with Vista either. The systems run 24-7 only shut down to unload the ram from time to time or clean fans and sorry for the spelling and typing have cateracts in both eys. Glad I could help
    Thursday, December 04, 2008 11:40 PM
  •  

    Enable the Administrator Account

    1. Open the command prompt with Administrative privileges by opening the Start Menu, and typing cmd in the search box, and then press Ctrl+Shift+Enter or click the Start orb, All Programs, Accessories, right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
    2. Type the following in the command prompt and press Enter after:

      net user administrator /active:yes

    3. Restart your computer and logon as Administrator.

    Note: You might want to set a password for the administrator’s account for at least a little protection.

    Disable the Administrative Account

    To disable the Administrative account run the Net User command demonstrated above while logged on an account with administrative privileges but not as the Administrator account and replace yes with no.


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    • Proposed as answer by wael_e Wednesday, February 18, 2009 1:48 PM
    Wednesday, February 18, 2009 1:48 PM
  • This is to comment on what UkonCornelias wrote saying that Microsoft had set some dumb permissions on certain directories in Vista.

    They are not dumb permission settings; you just have to understand the settings.  If you look at the particular folders you are trying to change permission on (ex: document and settings folder or c:\users\allusers folder) you will see that those folders are Junction points (A Junction Point is a physical location on a local hard disk that points to another location on that disk or another storage device. It is essentially a shortcut) that is why they appear as though you have no permissions to those folders. Administrator does not have permissions set on the shortcut just the actual folder.  If you find the actual location of the folder and look at those permissions you will see that administrator or equivalents have full control over the entire directory.

    Saturday, May 09, 2009 8:42 PM
  • Mr. Sandman51; and Mr. Wael_e;

    I have to tell you, you are the man, I tried your advice it worked very well, now I'm able to do more things than ever, I even install QuickBooks 2005 in vista, can you imagine that?. Thanks a lot

    Monday, July 13, 2009 1:42 PM
  • Thanks you save my time. I finally log in as administrator


    Saturday, September 12, 2009 4:04 PM
  • I don't have a [Users and Groups] option under [Manage] so now what?
    Monday, January 11, 2010 8:41 AM
  • Hi Elizabeth,

     

    HP F340 Driver printer called the printer drivers without any permission from the address link for download.

    I hope I could help.

     

    Tuesday, June 01, 2010 8:12 PM
  • i think he has the same problem as me i personally am trying to use a security program to fix problems on my computer and it says i need an administrator to activate it and the account i'm using is an administrator but it still says that, so any ideas on what to do?
    Friday, October 22, 2010 1:36 PM
  • Well, I would suggest that ITS MY COMPUTER and if I want to access the system file permissions I will do so.

     

    Tuesday, February 01, 2011 1:22 PM
  • I hate windows 7, I hate windows 7 I hate windows 7

    Why is this thing so difficult, I cannot even log in as asministrator, how do you even get to the administrator account. This thing is awful.

    It says I'm an administrator yet I cannot change attributes on a file, it says there is an administrator account yet you can't get to it.

    MS has created a monster here.

    Windows 7 64 pro os is terrible

     

     

     

    Monday, February 14, 2011 2:07 AM