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corrupt administrator profile in windows vista
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Posted January 18, 2013 at 9:19PM
Seen this question raised before but couldnt access the answers. My only admin profile wont load, can only get into standard accounts. Even in safe mode I cannot add a new user account of any sort as that aspect is protected and locked out. How can I get around this?
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Posted January 18, 2013 at 9:33PM
Enable the administrator account on Windows 8
You need to run the command from an elevated command prompt. To do that you need to do the following:
Press the Windows key to get into the Metro interface if you are not already there. Enter cmd and right-click on the Command Prompt result that should appear. This opens a list of options at the bottom. Select Run as administrator there. Accept the UAC prompt
Enter the following command to enable the hidden administrator account: net user administrator /active:yes
If you ever want to disable the account follow the same instructions, but run the following command instead: net user administrator /active:no
Once you have enabled the account, you will see it listed in the user accounts control panel applet. Note that the account has not assigned a password to it, and that you should consider setting one to improve account security. Enable the account if you can’t log in anymore
If you have forgotten your account password and can’t log in to the system anymore, you may use the administrator account to get back into the system. Please note that it may be easier to request the password to be reset if you are using a Microsoft Account password to log in. You can for instance request that from a different system or your smartphone.
If you can’t sign in anymore you can still recover the system from that by enabling the hidden administrator account. The process itself requires you to download the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor which is available as an ISO image that you can burn to CD or DVD, and a file that you can install on an USB Flash Drive. You then need to boot from the selected device to see a DOS-like interface where you need to run a series of command in to restore the user account. Here are the steps that you need to complete:
First screen, press enter to continue Select the hard drive that your Windows installation is installed on. This may take some time to get right depending on the number of partitions on the PC as it is using the “Linux-way” of listing the hard drives. You then need to enter the path to the Registry. I’d recommend to tap on enter to try the default path first which usually is detected correctly by the program. Press q Select the Password Reset option (1) Enter Administrator as the user account that you want to modify. Select the unlock and enable user account option (4) Use ! and q to end the editing and save the values
Restart the PC and make sure you are booting from the operating system’s drive again. You should now see the administrator account listed on the sign in page. Select it to regain access to the system. From there, you can change other account passwords or run administrative tasks to restore access to the PC.
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