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Locked Out....

by thecandide / August 15, 2007 7:20 AM PDT

Unable to do Anything
The Admin account is no longer an Administrator

While setting up a computer for a lab, I have become completely unable to change anything requiring an administrator password. I loaded the computer on a domain called "students" and I am logged on using the local account I created when I first went through the setup process, named "Admin". The account I am using is listed a debugger user, and there are no other local accounts.

I am unable to change anything with the windows security logo next to it. When I type in the local account and password it gives me "The requested operation requires elevation" error. My network administrator receives the same message.

Device Manager:
"You do not have sufficient privileges to uninstall devices or change device properties or device drivers. Please contact your site administrator, or log out and log in again as administrator and try again."

Since it no longer recognizes the only local account I have as an administrator account there is no way for me to install or change anything.... Please help me regain the ability to change settings in the control panel.

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If I remember right...
by JRGil / August 15, 2007 9:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Locked Out....

rebooting in safe mode by pressing F8 gives you administrative rights.

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F8 Did not give administrator privledges
by thecandide / August 15, 2007 10:06 AM PDT
In reply to: If I remember right...

Booted into safe mode, all the password restrictions still exist. I also tried felix8406's, from, suggestion to:

"Knowing which version of Vista you are running would help. Also, I see you posted this issue at MS TechNet. If you are running Business or Ultimate versions, try enabling the "administrator" account; Right-click Computer > Select Manage > Local Users and Groups > Users > Administrator > Untick "Account is disabled"

If running Home Premium: Start > All Programs > Accessories > Right-click 'Command Prompt" > Select "Run as administrator" > Type: Net User Administrator /activate:yes. Now log off and log on as the administrator.

Note that if you are trying to install a program, you can right click it and select "run as administrator"."

I was unable to do this because of the same reason I can not access any other control panel, it requires an administrator level account.

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