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UAC cannot continue/blank admin password

By axelmct
Feb 5, 2009
  1. I think the cure for this, logging into safe mode and activating an admin account is a lie, surely if you can upgrade a user account to an admin account, the admin account has no actual worth since it could be anyone?

    I'm asking this because a friend has a gooked pc and wont let me re-install because she is sure this plan will work.

    I on the other hand am sure that a PC with no admin account needs windows re-installed to re-estasblish a valid admin account?
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    You need an account with Administrator privileges to create an Administrator account
    You cannot create an Administrator account otherwise
    So you are right :)

    But I think there may be some confusion here. Because the Admin account (the default Administrator account) is originally only viewed in Safe mode. So therefore going to Safe Mode and then logging into the Administrator account will obviously work

    So there may be some confusion :confused:

    By the way, it is possible to remove the original Administrator account (but I'd say it is not normally done ever)
    Also just in case, here's how to get an unknown Admin account password: http://www.techspot.com/vb/post633339-2.html

    I hope you come back, to clear up the confusion
     
  3. axelmct

    axelmct TS Rookie Topic Starter

    original problem

    I think the original problem was created by the mom downgrading the original admin account to peon user, so her son could not use the pc to its full ability,
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I see

    Yes that's possible
    Therefore my first paragraph above
     
  5. axelmct

    axelmct TS Rookie Topic Starter

    that makes a lot of sense, so "admin" which is only availble via safe mode will have the same password as "administrator", which is now only a amoeba level user?
     
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Sorry, I refer to "Administrator" as "Admin" a lot
    In reality, "Administrator" can really be any name (just about) but is usually "Administrator"
     
  7. axelmct

    axelmct TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I always find re-installing windows as a peaceful theraputic excercise, I've done every 6 months or so for the last 16 years but thankfully it is not my deck this time :D
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    I did it twice today (on others peoples computers) + all the MS updates and all
    As for the total amount of times.... Must be close to a thousand ! (edit: It must be more like thousands)
    The pleasure has all gone :(
     
  9. axelmct

    axelmct TS Rookie Topic Starter

    try installing it in a very foreign languange, that will re ignite the excitement and fun of it

    ;)

    try installing it in a very foreign languange, that will re ignite the excitement and fun of it

    ;)
     
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