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January 5, 2014 6:47:44 AM

Well, long story short my computer has no admin access whatsoever. I accidently removed my admin account somehow. I'm on Windows 8.1

I've tried some of the net command things, and even to reboot and store however... this tells me I need admin privledges to turn back Windows / or remove my virus software.

I called Microsoft and they suggested just buying a new computer.

I've never posted to a forum before, but any help would be fantastic.

I"m absolutely lost here, and while I'm not the most advanced at computers (obviously :)  ) I'm not a complete idiot. I'd prefer to not have to purchase another computer.

Thanks for any and all help that can be provided.

Have a great day.

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a b * Windows 8
January 5, 2014 6:56:54 AM

make and model, there might be a hidden restore partition that you access prior to getting into windows. You'll need to remove everything to a usb stick/drive/other PC and then do something at boot to restore to factory settings. Precisely what you do will depend on make and model.
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January 5, 2014 8:14:26 AM

I would boot up an external hard drive first on your BIOS; then install you save disk of Windows. YOu can find a hard drive pretty fast on Amazon, Best BUy, PC part picker, or clearance on custom PC sites.
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a c 409 * Windows 8
January 5, 2014 7:35:15 PM

if you can start a elevated command prompt (windows key +X then type A) this issue is pretty easy to fix. worst case you would just wipe the OS and reinstall.


even if you can not get to a elevated command prompt you can dump the local accounts database and find out the administrator names. You should never be able to delete the last administrator from the Local accounts database.

edit: start up a regular cmd.exe session
type
net user <------------- this will display the list of local users for this machine

for example my machine has 6 user names listed
if i then type
net user Administrator <------------ it will display the account information
here is what mine shows:
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C:\Users\john>net user administrator
User name Administrator
Full Name
Comment Built-in account for administering the computer/dom
ain
User's comment
Country/region code 000 (System Default)
Account active Yes
Account expires Never

Password last set 7/25/2012 11:27:03 PM
Password expires Never
Password changeable 7/25/2012 11:27:03 PM
Password required Yes
User may change password Yes

Workstations allowed All
Logon script
User profile
Home directory
Last logon 1/30/2013 7:26:14 PM

Logon hours allowed All

Local Group Memberships *Administrators
Global Group memberships *None
The command completed successfully.


C:\Users\john>net user administrator /active:yes <---------- this will fail if you don't have a elevated cmd.exe
System error 5 has occurred.

Access is denied.


the command
net.exe localgroup administrators <------- this will list the accounts on the local machine that have administrator rights


as a final note: if your computer can log into a domain, the domain admin can give your local system admin rights remotely
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April 30, 2014 4:55:30 PM

I am currently undergoing this same issue. I get to the login screen but no passwords are accepted. I only have one user on the machine.

Was able to get a command prompt up without logging into the computer. When I type in "net user" no users are shown. None.

I typed in: Net User <my user name> <password>
This is what I got: The syntax of this command is:
NET USER
[username [password : *] [options]] [/DOMAIN]
username {password : *} /ADD [options] [/DOMAIN]
username [/DELETE] [/DOMAIN]
username [/TIMES = {times : ALL }]
username [/ACTIVE: {YES : NO}

Is there a way from here to add a user? If I can just get access to the computer I should be able to create a boot disk or some other work around.

Thanks.
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May 3, 2014 4:43:38 PM

johnbl said:
if you can start a elevated command prompt (windows key +X then type A) this issue is pretty easy to fix. worst case you would just wipe the OS and reinstall.


even if you can not get to a elevated command prompt you can dump the local accounts database and find out the administrator names. You should never be able to delete the last administrator from the Local accounts database.

edit: start up a regular cmd.exe session
type
net user <------------- this will display the list of local users for this machine

for example my machine has 6 user names listed
if i then type
net user Administrator <------------ it will display the account information
here is what mine shows:
--------------

C:\Users\john>net user administrator
User name Administrator
Full Name
Comment Built-in account for administering the computer/dom
ain
User's comment
Country/region code 000 (System Default)
Account active Yes
Account expires Never

Password last set 7/25/2012 11:27:03 PM
Password expires Never
Password changeable 7/25/2012 11:27:03 PM
Password required Yes
User may change password Yes

Workstations allowed All
Logon script
User profile
Home directory
Last logon 1/30/2013 7:26:14 PM

Logon hours allowed All

Local Group Memberships *Administrators
Global Group memberships *None
The command completed successfully.


C:\Users\john>net user administrator /active:yes <---------- this will fail if you don't have a elevated cmd.exe
System error 5 has occurred.

Access is denied.


the command
net.exe localgroup administrators <------- this will list the accounts on the local machine that have administrator rights


as a final note: if your computer can log into a domain, the domain admin can give your local system admin rights remotely


This is all a bunch of crap. Not only am I still being told I need admin rights, but I am still getting the error 5..come on, be real here.
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a c 409 * Windows 8
July 2, 2014 4:59:37 PM

-if you can not create a elevated command prompt you can not use the admin level commands in the command box.

- you should create your own thread and explain what you are attempting to do.


-message you go indicated that you did not open a admin level command prompt.

dj0751 said:
johnbl said:
if you can start a elevated command prompt (windows key +X then type A) this issue is pretty easy to fix. worst case you would just wipe the OS and reinstall.


even if you can not get to a elevated command prompt you can dump the local accounts database and find out the administrator names. You should never be able to delete the last administrator from the Local accounts database.

edit: start up a regular cmd.exe session
type
net user <------------- this will display the list of local users for this machine

for example my machine has 6 user names listed
if i then type
net user Administrator <------------ it will display the account information
here is what mine shows:
--------------

C:\Users\john>net user administrator
User name Administrator
Full Name
Comment Built-in account for administering the computer/dom
ain
User's comment
Country/region code 000 (System Default)
Account active Yes
Account expires Never

Password last set 7/25/2012 11:27:03 PM
Password expires Never
Password changeable 7/25/2012 11:27:03 PM
Password required Yes
User may change password Yes

Workstations allowed All
Logon script
User profile
Home directory
Last logon 1/30/2013 7:26:14 PM

Logon hours allowed All

Local Group Memberships *Administrators
Global Group memberships *None
The command completed successfully.


C:\Users\john>net user administrator /active:yes <---------- this will fail if you don't have a elevated cmd.exe
System error 5 has occurred.

Access is denied.


the command
net.exe localgroup administrators <------- this will list the accounts on the local machine that have administrator rights


as a final note: if your computer can log into a domain, the domain admin can give your local system admin rights remotely


This is all a bunch of crap. Not only am I still being told I need admin rights, but I am still getting the error 5..come on, be real here.


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July 28, 2014 9:09:31 AM

Any solution, i am also stuck with Access Denied and i dont know my admin password
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July 28, 2014 9:17:46 AM

I can not open admin account with admin privileges. i can log only as a normal user


Logon hours allowed All

Local Group Memberships *Users
Global Group memberships *None
The command completed successfully.
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October 7, 2014 7:08:51 AM

For anyone who is seeing the following message in command prompt while changing the password for any account...........
<
System error 5 has occurred.

Access is denied.
>

You need to use double quotes around your username if it happens to have a space in it.
say if your user name is < alpha beta >
then type

c:\alpha beta\net user "alpha beta" *

NOTE:
1) By typing * It asks for the new password to type in next command but it doesn't show what you are typing. So, be very careful to check your capslock on/off and spelling.
2) If the account for which you are going to change the password is an 'administrator' then you should start the command prompt with admin privileges.
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January 6, 2015 2:23:42 AM

When I bought my laptop it already came with an admin account and now I cant download programs such as google earth without a password. I don't know what to do. Please Help?
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June 7, 2015 9:47:49 AM

bda714 said:
Heres your answer! This just worked for me anyways. Reboot your computer in safe mode /w command prompt. (Cant be command prompt from P.E. as this will only save net hser changes to RAM and all will be lost upon reboot. When safe mode boots you will be at a normal login screen. Press ctrl+alt+del to open options, select sign in with different user, then choose administrator. you shouldnt need a password as one isnt set by default becausecthe account is not activated by default. This should bring you to your command prompt with elevated access. Now follow;
> net user (lists current users)* if a basic user doesnt exist yet or you dont know the current users password create one w/
> net user [user name [password]] /ADD /active *(take note of user name you want to give admin privelages)(if you have a user acct skip this)
> net localgroup administrator /add [user name]
net user [user name] (check "local group memberships at the bottom and administrators should now be added along with users!)
;) 
you got your permissions now. hope this wrks for others


I hope you monitor this thread and can help me out. I'm trying to set up a new user, and having no luck.

I type the following:
C:\Windows\system32>net user [graft [password]] /ADD /active

It comes back to me as
The syntax of this command is:

NET USER
[username [password : *] [options]] [/Domain]
username {password : *} /ADD [options] [/DOMAIN]
username [/DELETE} [/DOMAIN]
username [/ACTIVE: {YES : NO}

Understand that I am some what of a novice with this, but it appears I am typing something wrong. I'm not sure what. I think I have the spaces in the right place, but not sure why it is not working.

Please help.
Eric
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a c 409 * Windows 8
June 9, 2015 3:08:48 PM

try it like this: this will make a user gaft in the local SAM database on your machine and mark the account as active. The * will make the UI prompt for the password.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>net.exe user gaft * /add /active:yes
Type a password for the user:
Retype the password to confirm:
The command completed successfully.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>net localgroup administrators /add gaft
The command completed successfully.


egraft said:
bda714 said:
Heres your answer! This just worked for me anyways. Reboot your computer in safe mode /w command prompt. (Cant be command prompt from P.E. as this will only save net hser changes to RAM and all will be lost upon reboot. When safe mode boots you will be at a normal login screen. Press ctrl+alt+del to open options, select sign in with different user, then choose administrator. you shouldnt need a password as one isnt set by default becausecthe account is not activated by default. This should bring you to your command prompt with elevated access. Now follow;
> net user (lists current users)* if a basic user doesnt exist yet or you dont know the current users password create one w/
> net user [user name [password]] /ADD /active *(take note of user name you want to give admin privelages)(if you have a user acct skip this)
> net localgroup administrator /add [user name]
net user [user name] (check "local group memberships at the bottom and administrators should now be added along with users!)
;) 
you got your permissions now. hope this wrks for others


I hope you monitor this thread and can help me out. I'm trying to set up a new user, and having no luck.

I type the following:
C:\Windows\system32>net user [graft [password]] /ADD /active

It comes back to me as
The syntax of this command is:

NET USER
[username [password : *] [options]] [/Domain]
username {password : *} /ADD [options] [/DOMAIN]
username [/DELETE} [/DOMAIN]
username [/ACTIVE: {YES : NO}

Understand that I am some what of a novice with this, but it appears I am typing something wrong. I'm not sure what. I think I have the spaces in the right place, but not sure why it is not working.

Please help.
Eric


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