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    Trev B is offline New Member
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    Brandesburton, East Yorkshire UK.

    Default How to reinstate Administrator account in Windows 8.1 64-bit

    Hi Everyone,

    I am a new member of the forum and I am having serious problems with Administrator account in Windows 8.1. I enabled the account, then I chose to disable the account. This is where I went wrong. In cmd prompt I changed the command "net user account /active:yes to active:no". I have attempted to change the cmd back to "yes" but get an error message.

    I then reset the computer back to manufacturers settings hoping that this would do the trick, but of course it didn't. I really want to disable the account but I feel I will have to re-instate it before I can disable it. Can anyone advise the least complicated way that this can be done please?

    Kind regards

    Trev B

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    HappyAndyK is offline Site Administrator
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    If the built-in administrator account is disabled, you cannot log on to a computer in safe mode by using the built-in administrator account if one of the following conditions is true:

    The computer is a member of a domain.
    At least one active local administrator account exists.

    However, you can log on to the computer by using any active local administrator account instead. Safe mode lets you log on to the computer by using the disabled built-in administrator account for system recovery if one of the following conditions is true:

    You unintentionally demote the last local administrator account.
    You unintentionally disable the last local administrator account.
    You unintentionally delete the last local administrator account.

    Before you restart the computer, create a new active local administrator account, or recover an old active local administrator account.
    KB942956 may help you.

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    Kapil Arya is offline Microsoft MVP
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    In addition to above mentioned suggestions, try this and see if it helps:

    1. Type lusrmgr.msc in Command Prompt and hit Enter.

    2. In the left pane, click on the Users folder, then in the middle pane, double click on Administrator.

    3. Uncheck the Account is disabled option.

    This could be also a way:


    Hope this helps, Good luck
    Last edited by Kapil Arya; 9th February 2015 at 03:51.

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