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Only account with administrator rights is disabled

Hi,

One of my colleagues accidentally deleted his Windows 7 account, and unfortunately it was the only account with administrator rights enabled - the default administrator exists, but is disabled.

Is there any way to enable the default administrator, by using another not-administrator account?

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Re: account

In reply to: Only account with administrator rights is disabled

Boot from a Windows 7 install disc, and use the net user commands to make a new administrative user from the command prompt. Does that work?

It's strange your colleague deleted an account he was logged into. That shouldn't be possible, but if it was the only one, I don't think there is another way to do it.

A good rule, by the way, for a business laptop: if anything happens with your laptop that we can't fix in half an hour, we put the default image on in. Don't save anything on it. Only save files on the file shares we offer.

Post was last edited on July 9, 2018 1:17 AM PDT

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Re: Windows 7 disc?

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Hi,

You're just rights, it sounds odd, and maybe I should have given some more details.

Now, I'm not a computer expert, but I will try to explain. I don't know, what it's called, but our computers were all connected to some sort of server, so that everyone could log onto any computer at work (not a terminal server)

We wanted to move to terminal servers, and to do that, we would have to get our computer of the network they were connected to and turn them in to regular PC's with the default administrator and a user account for the one using the computer.

When doing this, people were given a very specific guide on how to move all their content to a new account on their PC, and how to make that one account administrator before finalizing, but she forgot.

What is boot from a Windows 7 disc, and how does it work? Happy

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Re: boot

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Better ask the IT guy that wrote that very specific guide. This whole move doesn't seem to be an operation to be planned and done by a beginner or layman.

You can download a Windows 7 install disc from https://www.microsoft.com/software-download/windows7 . Then burn it to DVD. Then boot from it, go into the recovery console and give the right net user commands to create an administrator.\
Managing the company PC's is not really a newbie task.

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Here's my method.

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Or more precisely the method I have used. All questions to the author.

I use the UTILMAN.EXE TRICK FOR WINDOWS 7 (google that!) and it can create a new admin account.

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