Built-in Administrator Account Disabled


In Windows Vista we made numerous changes to our user account model. Standard users are now the default user type for new accounts created after initial setup. The Power Users group is effectively deprecated. In addition, we’ve made it much easier to run as a standard user and even administrators run with limited Windows privileges and user rights by default. But people often ask us, “What about the built-in administrator account? Isn’t it a security risk to have an administrator account with no password?”  Yes, in some cases this administrator account could be used to circumvent other security mechanisms. For example, parental controls could not be effective if the child could simply login with the built-in administrator account and do whatever they want, including disabling the Parental Controls.


In Windows Vista RC1 we will have completed a series of changes to disable the built in administrator account under most circumstances. These changes apply to the default administrator account named Administrator, which is created during setup.



  • The built-in administrator account is disabled by default in Windows Vista on new installations.
  • If Windows Vista determines during an upgrade from Windows XP that the built-in Administrator is the only active local administrator account, Windows Vista leaves the account enabled and places the account in Admin Approval Mode. The built-in administrator account, by default, cannot log on to the computer in safe mode. Please see the following sections for more information.
  • On non-domain joined computers, when there is at least one enabled local administrator account, safe mode will not allow logon with the disabled built-in administrator account. Instead, any local administrator account can be used to logon. If the last local administrator account is inadvertently demoted, disabled or deleted, safe mode will allow the disabled built-in administrator account to logon for disaster recovery.
  • On domain joined computers, the disabled built-in administrator account cannot logon in safe mode. By default a user account that is a member of the Domain Admins group can log on to the computer to create a local administrator if none exists. If the domain administrative account had never logged on before, then the computer must be started in Safe Mode with Networking since the credentials will not have been cached. Once the machine is disjoined, it will revert back to the non-domain joined behavior depicted previously.

Be aware that disabling the built-in administrator account means that it is important that you do not forgot the user name and passwords for the other administrator accounts on that PC. If you do, you may end up a in a situation where you are unable to make further admin changes to your PC—or even event not be able to login at all. To make sure that happens we recommend the follow tips for home users:



  • Use the Forgotten Password wizard via the User Accounts Control Panel to create a password reset disk for your account.  Store this disk or removable USB device in a safe place.
  • Create a password hint for your account.
  • Write down your username and password and store it in a safe location.

Note: as we move closer to RTM we will be posting another related blog to address the built-in administrator management in the enterprise.


Darren Canavor, Program Manager, Windows Security Core


 


Comments (202)

  1. Ravana says:

    GREAT !!! Good ideas !!!

  2. Desmond Lee says:

    Darren,

    How about simple administrative tasks such as "ipconfig /release"? If even the user created during Vista setup does not have enough local administrative rights*, and with this new "thinking" where the built-in local administrator account (Administrator) cannot be used to start a new command-prompt, how can this task be even possible?

    In addition, how can the password for the default built-in "Administrator" account be changed (since a user will not be prompted to save it offline as it is -blank- by default anyway)?

    Thanks for the clarification, Darren!

    Situation: standalone, workgroup, non-domain Vista machine

    * even though s/he is a member of the local administrators group in Vista

  3. Dave says:

    I would like that a second Standard account is mandatory i.e. after the creation of the first Protected Administrator, the wizard will force the user to create a Standard account protected by UAC and invites to use it as main account for everyday tasks.

  4. war59312 says:

    Hi,

    Well in Vista build 5563 the account is NOT password protected by default. Why not have it by default protected with a password? That is with the same password as the first user you create during Vista setup.

    Take Care,

    Will

  5. 組み込みの Administarator アカウントは、無効化される

  6. 組み込みの Administarator アカウントは、無効化される

  7. 組み込みの Administarator アカウントは、無効化される

  8. Darren Canavor says:

    Desmond, in Vista the first account created is a Vista Administrator and all subsequent accounts are by default standard users.  In Vista the user who is a member of the administrators group logs on with restricted user rights and when performing an administrative task must consent to that action.  In your ipconfig /release scenario the user would have to Right Click on CMD.exe and select: Run as Administrator, consent to the action and then run ipconfig /release.  Note: because cmd.exe is a host application we need to have explicit user action to make the runtime privilege decision (Admin vs. standard user).  For all other non “host” applications the Vista operating system uses different forms of meta data to decide if the given application requires administrator privilege to run.

  9. Darren Canavor says:

    Dave as I stated to Desmond the first account created out of box is an administrator but all subsequent accounts will be standard user.

  10. Darren Canavor says:

    Yes Will you are correct.  We decided to go this way for several reasons, one of the biggest being that a large amount of our consumer customers (non-domain joined) like the convenience of not having a password –my mother uses autologon and has never seen a password screen.  In that scenario by default we apply security policies. I.e. 1) No Terminal Services with blank password.  2) No remote connections with blank password.   Also note that users often choose weak passwords and without enforcing password complexity I don’t know how we would make your suggestion possible.

  11. Will says:

    Hi,

    Well, I see…

    So yes I recommend enforcing password complexity from the get go. 🙂

    But yes I see your point and agree… But I think it’s time Microsoft gives security more weight in this case then luxury. 😉 Yes even with client OS. And yes I understand Vista is not a server OS…

    But still in my opinion anyways…

    It’s time Microsoft takes a stand on security and does what is best for the home user, when it comes to security. The average home user has no clue about security and could care less. They just want it to work.

    In your example would it not be better to have a secure password but login automatically, via the likes of tweakUI ? This way autologin still works but at least the account is password protected. Of course this would not stop someone from logging into your account since it autologins, but it does protect your account and UAC of course asks for the PW to do admin events so they have to have the admin pw to do anything bad anyways. Of course I am assuming the user is a normal user which a home user should be.

    And speaking of… Why then when you install vista and create an account it is an admin account? Why force two admins account.? Lost passwords? That should be at the responsibility of the user. You should not require two admins accounts. And besides that is what the lost password feature is for, correct? So during setup, you should be creating a normal user account. Now you have to create another account to create a normal user and then use it. Most users will have no idea about that and will just create a single user during setup which of course is an admin account (second one, the first is the build in administrator account) and will continue to use it as such. Big mistake in my eyes! 🙁

    Well that is how I feel about the matter.

    Take Care,

    Will

  12. Gerk says:

    from above:

    [QUOTE]

    On non-domain joined computers, when there is at least one enabled local administrator account, safe mode will not allow logon with the disabled built-in administrator account. Instead, any local administrator account can be used to logon. If the last local administrator account is inadvertently demoted, disabled or deleted, safe mode will allow the disabled built-in administrator account to logon for disaster recovery.

    [/QUOTE]

    I have a question regarding this behavior.  What will happen when the last administrator account is locked out (such as by failed logon attempts)?  Will the built-in administrator account be accessible after the other local admin is locked?

  13. I just noticed these blog posts related to Windows Vista security that may interest y’all.

    Built-in…

  14. Bruce says:

    In the fourth bullet, you say "By default a user account that is a member of the Domain Admins group can log on to the computer ".

    In a large domain, the group with the name "Domain Admins" will likely NOT contain user accounts for people that support and administer workstations.  

    Where I work, the domain is fairly large (>20 Domain Controllers, >30,000 computers).  There are about 600 workstations that the small group (3 people) I work with support/administer. We routinely remove the Domain Admins group from the local Administrators becuase the members of that group look after the Domain and Domain Controllers – they don’t want to and we don’t want them to, administer our workstations and servers.  Using Restricted Groups in a GPO, we push a Domain group into the local Administrators group on workstations and servers.  The members of that Domain group support and administer our workstations and computers.

    So, when you say "Domain Admins", do you mean that group specifically, or any Domain user account that is a member (directly or indirectly) of the local Administrators group?

    If the former, I see a big problem for large organizations!

  15. Darren Canavor says:

    wrt. "I have a question regarding this behavior.  What will happen when the last administrator account is locked out (such as by failed logon attempts)?  Will the built-in administrator account be accessible after the other local admin is locked? "

    No the administrator account will not automatically unlock if the “other” administrator account is inadvertently locked out.  By default on non-domain joined computers we do not set the account lock out policy, however we do set a “pause delay” after 5 failed logon attempts.

    Note:  When a user opts into setting a password we provide two mechanisms to help in password retention. First is the Forgotten Password Wizard which walks the user thru saving their password to external media and secondly are Password Hints, phases used to remember the password.

    Remember: at the end of the day your computers local and remote protection requirements are a function the environment in which you compute.

  16. Darren Canavor says:

    wrt. "So, when you say "Domain Admins", do you mean that group specifically, or any Domain user account that is a member (directly or indirectly) of the local Administrators group?"

    My statement was only an iteration of the default behavior, not intended to be guidance.  The example was used to bring focus to the issue of SAFEMODE with Network in the advent of no cached credentials.  Sorry for the confusion.

  17. The Vista Security Blog has a bunch of new posts about RC1 including;  Built-in Administrator Account…

  18. 本文主要内容翻译自,纯属研究,谢绝转载。Built-in Administrator Account DisabledDarren Canavor, Program

    Manager, Windows…

  19. Ben says:

    "If Windows Vista determines during an upgrade from Windows XP that the built-in Administrator is the only active local administrator account, Windows Vista leaves the account enabled and places the account in Admin Approval Mode. The built-in administrator account, by default, cannot log on to the computer in safe mode. Please see the following sections for more information."

    You guys really need to do something about this.

    Why do you have to make it different from XP to Vista upgrade built-in administrator enable when 1 account is active and New installations(clean install) Vista built-in administrator disabled. maybe on installation you can ask user if you they would like to transfer all data on the new created Vista standard account (recomended) and that built-in administrator will be disabled. Vista Upgrade and New installation of vista should be the same to make it easier for people who made a transition from XP to vista.

    Does this mean that i will have to install Vista uprade on the 2nd XP administrator just for the built-in Administrator disabled on  XP MCE 2005 Because seriously I’m tired of watching that account on XP. Will XP user who upgraded to Vista have a choice to disable the built-in account? how simple is it to do?

  20. kld says:

    I think got gave you your bodies to play with. So don’t mess with our nerves.

  21. kld says:

    I think god gave you your bodies to play with. So don’t mess with our nerves.

  22. Ken says:

    If Vista is going to disable the built-in administrator account by default, why not just eliminate the built-in administrator account alltogether.  In my opinion, the installer of the OS should be the one who picks the logon name of an administrator user and thus a common admininstrator account will be less known.  At least one administrator account must exist in order to perform an installation.

  23. PSchuetz says:

    "Dave as I stated to Desmond the first account created out of box is an administrator but all subsequent accounts will be standard user."

    Hi Darren,

    that’s ok, but maybe you don’t understand correctly/completely what we mean/want.. 🙂

    Windows Vista Setup/Installation has to force the user to create a second account during the installation setup wizard.

    So that the second account created out of the box is an standard user account, which is protected by UAC. Then Windows Vista have to suggest/force the user to log on into the standard user account by default, for their every day tasks..

    This is important because the average/novice/beginner user will use the account, which is created during setup as default/main account. And that way (without this very important and requiered security step in setup..), they will use an/that Admin account with limited rights.. (Protected Admin).

    This is what every day happens and will continue to happen, if Windows Vista setup doesn’t change this!!

    But if you change that way of account creation/creating during Windows Vista setup, the user must create an second account out of box and Vista suggests and try to "force" the user to use this second standard user account as default/main account.

    To accomplish that, you (coder)/Vista have to remove the first out of box created Protected Admin account, from the Vista login screen, by default. (In order that the user/you will only see the standard User accounts, protected by an password and UAC!)

    After the initial Windows Vista setup process, the user is automatically logged in as the Protected Admin account and an information box/dialog/presentation or such is displayed/shown, which explains the new behavior.

    This introduction explains what is happend and why this is happen, what to do and so on..

    It shows you, that Windows Vista Setup automatically saved the password for the Protected Admin account, which you have created during setup, securely on disk/registry/etc. as hash code or such and is used to automatically log into that account after the initial setup is completed.

    Then it shows you, that you have now 3-5 times left to do the "after setup" admin tasks and maintenance, before Windows Vista deletes the saved password and invite you to use the second out of box created standard user account which is protected by an password (not saved) and UAC.

    (I think 3-5 times of automatically login with the protected Admin account after initial setup should be enough to do the stuff..)

    After you (Vista coders team) have done this change in Vista and Windows Vista setup process, the average/novice/beginner user will use that standard user account as default/main user account for their everyday tasks and we all get a more secure Windows world with fewer problems.. 🙂

    I know you have to change some things and processes in Windows Vista setup and so on, but I think it could "quiet easily" be done and is definitely worth it!

    So please considering it/that, if you truly want to change/improve security in Windows

    and want to take that serious..

    Thx in advance!

    I hope you understand my point and explanation. 😉

    best regards,

    PSchuetz

  24. Ted says:

    I am glad to see the built in administrator account disabled.  Since, everyone I know uses custom built desk top pc’s for development, the Old Windows Vista was a pain, since one had to switch back to accomplish simple every day task.  We all had disabled all accounts except for our accounts on our personal pc’s and Vista still has problems.  So we gave up testing and will not use Vista until a version comes out for users whose machine is used for many tasks and there are no kids for parental controls.

    If we cannot find a satisfying version of Vista we are exploring other OS’s to see what our next move will be when Microsoft no longer supports XP Professional.

  25. windowsvistasecurity says:

    Ted, can you explain more about what the problem is you are having with Windows Vista? I am not sure what you mean by, "since one had to switch back to accomplish simple every day task"

    – Alex

  26. Tim says:

    I wanted to copy a .pst from my old PC to a Vista PC where the .pst files reside. Because of all the restrictions, I had to change permissions on the folders. Remembering what folders I changed became a bit of a problem after the fact. (security risk) In my opinion a administrator profile is important feature to have when certain tasks need to be performed. During an unsucessful attempt to install netmeeting, I enabled the administrator account. Information is available on the web to enable the account.

  27. Darren Canavor, Program Manager on the UAC team has made a post on the Windows Vista Security blog about

  28. Jakub says:

    Well…. now that I dont have a local administrator account registered on Vista, I cant access the built-in administrator to correct this problem, so I would say this diabling is a huge pain !

  29. glynn soileau says:

    can you help me? i did a upgrade from beta to rc1 i have 4 users, i was the first users so it put me as administrator. on the inital install, does this me now that i am not a administrator any more since i upgraded to rc1?  also can you tell me why i cannot open certain folders, they have a arrow next to their icon? and how can i get around that.  like my documents for example, it would not let me open it till i played with some settings, but my local files folder will not allow me to open it, and i can’t change the permissions… is there a page or someone who could walk me through this? you may e-mail me at the following!!

    glynnsoileau@bellsouth.net

    any help will be greatly appreciated….

  30. Peter says:

    I will tell you my story about the disabled admin account:

    I am running Vista RC2 with the disabled built-in admin account to test our applications running on it!

    Just one user was built from installation process; I will call him “Peter” and he is built-in member of administrator group

    After Peter installing our application that uses Pervasive DBMS.

    The application was running first time!

    After restarting a complete different scene: Neither the DBMS nor the application could start

    We need to configure the file rights new from program folder – because it was not enough to have System and Administrator full control, although Peter is in Admin-group.

    But this was no big deal! – Put all users in full access and it is working.

    Just the Pervasive engine needs the attribute to use administrator account.

    But when enabling this on every start-up the User Account Protection was messaging to confirm to run this program

    So there is no other chance than disabling the UAP using MSCONFIG

    After disabling the UAP the attribute run in admin account is disabled and so the DBMS doesn’t work any more.

    By the way, enabling of UAP will not be able any more without admin account because it is needed to run MSCONFIG.

    Peter is Admin too but he is not allowed to activate administrator account – So this is a real enhanced security.

    I remember some older programs that were just installable when the user was called “administrator”…

    So what’s the real benefit on this improvement?

  31. Ken says:

    WTF? I just upgraded from XP MCE 2005 to Vista RTM with two accounts: Administrator and a Limited Account. Vista installed correctly, but now the Administrator account is disabled and the Limited Account can’t *do* anything.

    The only accounts left are ASPNET, Guest, HelpAssistant and SUPPORT_389….

    Any bright ideas to fix this problem? And please don’t say a full re-install.

  32. Matt says:

    after i installed vista, the first time i got to the log on screen (to select your name) is said other user, but its asking for a user name and password, what do i do???

  33. Wendy Smith says:

    "If Windows Vista determines during an upgrade from Windows XP that the built-in Administrator is the only active local administrator account, Windows Vista leaves the account enabled and places the account in Admin Approval Mode. The built-in administrator account, by default, cannot log on to the computer in safe mode."

    My Administrator account was the only active local admin acount and I am still locked out – tried booting into safe mode but it won’t do that – can’t log on at all – any ideas?

  34. Porch Puppy says:

    I loaded Vista on top of Windowx XP. My scenario is this: On XP, I had Lenovo Thinkpad software that communicated with the embedded security chip. The software managed my passwords. So for the 3 months, I have been keying in a different password into the manager which would in turn, issue the stored password into Windows XP. Now that Vista has been loaded, it is asking me for that originally stored password. By the time I figured it out, I started getting sa message that my account had been disabled.

    I can login via safe mode (as you explained above) but I do not have the privs to enable my admin account. It will not let me create an account either. What do I need to do to fix this…

  35. Imustbeastupiduser says:

    Who’s bright idea was it to disable the only account that can modify permissions in the Windows folder?  Anyone try to install Adobe Reader under Vista release version.  Ha ha ha… YOU CAN’T!  It can’t get to the Temp directory… ’cause it’s in the locked up Windows folder.  And you can’t change the settings on the Windows folder because the only account that can do so IS DISABLED!  Do I sound frustrated… you bet your &*$$ I am!  I don’t need to waste time because some power-hungry weenie decided he would protect all the stupid users.

    Please, someone, just answer this one question… how do I get the Administrator account back in Vista, or make the ‘new’ administrator group accounts actually administrator equivalents.  Vista guys, you remind me of our government… always happy to jump in and take our rights away under the incredibly huberic notion that you know better than we do what we need.  For god’s sake, ask us before making such a high impact decision!

  36. Margaret says:

    Hello Pookie,

    Congratulations!

  37. David Parker says:

    I worked with your tech support to solve a  1-Care (Vista Beta release) problem via email.  I was told to make some changes in "Safe-Mode" boot-up….. which of course is impossible with the current state of my XP / Vista conversion and my defaulted "Administrative Rights".  This is a poor state of affairs for MS support.

    Also, I currently discovered that I am also unable to adjust back-up routines… and in fact the One Care / Ultimate back up routines are not functional at this time.  Even though I brought and paid for this computer – I do not have the administrative keys to delete old back-ups from an external hard drive in order to free up space to do new ones.

  38. Lonny says:

    I upgraded to Vista from XP.  My original installation of XP created an admin account which I never used.  I ALWAYS used the administrator account and now the account is disabled and the account I never used at all is the only one I have access to.  Long and short of it here is that now I don’t have my email account, internet shortcuts etc, etc, ad-nauseum.

    HOW do I either reactivate the damb account so I can export all this information or extract it with the other account.

    I understand fully the reasoning behind getting rid of the old built in administrator account, but it would have been nice if the install had offered one the chance to import the settings into a new account or a designated account, not just sprung the change with no warning…

  39. Jake says:

    I’m sitting here wondering why certain things don’t work, why folders cant be changed and programs can’t be installed and registry entries wont take effect from certain installations….

    so i do a search…..

    and find this….

    no offense, but WTF?

    I’m in the IT dept and don’t need big brother looking out for my interestes…. in my lawfirm I AM big brother. We have unlimited rights for our users to the machines to do and install whatever they want (long story, suffice to say lawyers love porn and supid programs they pass on to each other)… then I install vista on my laptop to help evaluate and no have these problems….  

    great looking o/s but damn, what a pain in the ass.

  40. Siraj says:

    I installed a fresh copy of Windows Vista business version 6000. not a beta. When I joined my computer  to a domain whose administrator I am not my administrator account got locked. I can only log in with my domain user account. how can I have my administrator account back.

    I will be highly obliged .

  41. Paul says:

    I did a fresh install of Vista and now I am unable to add the machine to our NT4 domain.  I get the following error message:

    Login Failure: wrong username or password

    We have tried adding the account using the a domain admin and the domain administrator and still get the same message.

    Help

  42. yahvone@yahoo.com says:

    I HAVE DONE EVERYTHING TO GET OUT OF THIS, THE ADMINISTRATOR WONT LET ME GET INTO ANYTHING. MY BABY JAM THIS COMPUTER AND I CANT GET TI BACK TO NORM.

  43. yahvone@yahoo.com says:

    I CNT GET INTO THE USER TO REMOVE THE NAMES I DONT WONT. ON THIS COMPUTER. I DONT REALLY KNOW HOW TO

    FIRS TIME USEING A COMPUTER. SO EVERYTHING HARD FOUR ME RIGHT NOW.

  44. Doug says:

    Ok I understand WHY the built-in Administrator is disabled.

    My question is  how do I ENABLE it?

    Is there anyway to ‘change the way users logon’ so that they have to type the name and not use Icons? (Like XP).

  45. reddy says:

    Hi i have purchased a notepad some days back and I was doing some work suddenly a blue screen appeared and i immediately rebooted it then it is asking me a password and I could not login to my account.

  46. cleatus says:

    maybe i am missing something, but …. why can my admin account be locked?  WTF?  I am a bit slow, but now i dont have any more accounts to go in and unlock this FPOS.

  47. srawat says:

    HI,

    Disabling build in admin is a good safe guard but this created a big trouble for me.

    I’d one administrator on my system say sandy.

    Now I wanted to restrict my account so nobody could use it to perform the operation that could be harmful for the system so i changed it to the standard user , I could do that easily ‘coz i’m an admin. But now if I try to do anything which requires admin privileges I cant. ‘coz my built in admin account is disabled and I’ve no other admin on my system..

    Isnt this a flaw in the system. System should at least give some warning that you have no active admin account. I dint realize that built-in admin is disabled by default till i face this problem..

    reinstalling OS is not an option. Is there any solution to solve the problem described above. Can recovery console be of any use??

  48. srawat says:

    and the admin account is disabled even in safe mode…

  49. Scott says:

    The disabled Admin account is a problem for me.  I don’t think this scenario has been addressed:

    One PC with two hard drives:  an XP hard drive and a Vista hard drive.  Both hard drives/installations were joined to the domain.  Logging on to the domain with the XP installation causes a problem when logging onto the domain with the Vista installation.  It gives  a "Trust relationship between the workstation and domain has failed" error.  Now I need to log into Vista and change the computer name and/or remove it from the domain, which should be no problem, HOWEVER no adequate logins will work for the vista installation.  Removing the computer name from AD is not fixing the problem.   And of course changing this info on the XP installation won’t help the Vista installation.  I’m faced with reinstalling Vista just so I can change the computer name in Windows.  Pathetic.

  50. Smith says:

    Spend whole day today to get Administrator account back. PC was in the domain with Windows XP Pro installed. Now I don’t have access to domain and local administrator is locked. Looks like I will have to start from scratch. WTF.

  51. Steve says:

    So what was Microsoft thinking when they came out with Vista? That they would save IT admins time, and that the "cost of ownership" would be reduced? What a crock…

    Vista is going to be their "waterloo" I’m afraid….the equivalent of ME is many ways….they have locked down this system in such a way admins are going to spend hours….and I mean hours….on every PC they try and join to a domain….

    Create a local admin group without admin rights? What the hell is the point? In today’s networked environment…with PIX firewalls and corporate antivirus…..what the hell?

    Create a built in admin account, and then disable it? And never allow it to be used in safe mode? Great thinking…..

    ….oh yeah…well….you can ENABLE that account, but gee….why would you have it disabled in the first place???? ….oh yeah….you can elevate priveledges and turn off that damn UAC that pops up if you happen to fart….

    ….and lets see…..if a user brings in a PC with an established profile…you know…desktop icons, background picture that are theirs….and you join them to the domain, and want to do the simple registry hack which was available in XP BECAUSE YOU MADE THE DOMAIN USER A MEMBER OF THE LOCAL ADMIN GROUP…..and give them back their normal profile when they login to the domain…..oh no……..since NO ONE has any rights to the registry, you must go throught the FILE AND SETTING TRANSFER wizard in order to get this straight….a process which was SO SLOW that I took three dumps and ate lunch before it was completed….

    …..oh, and forget it if you have set up your domain controller as a printer server and have any sort of older printer on it…..yes….like an HP 4200n….yeah, I know….that printer is older than Methusala……won’t load any drivers known to Vista, this I can assure you….so you download the driver from HP for Vista to the local machine, and TRY and set up a local, TCP/IP printer….but no….Vista doesn’t like that either….oh what fun and what time we will save!

    No….we do not have hundreds of "ghosted" PC’s….can’t do that….we have individuals with their own PC’s that we are trying to simply create a domain computing environment when they are at the office….

    ….hey…..and the new "Windows Mail" is a REAL improvement….whole new database, guys….gee…..so you have a user with an older PC that has just purchased a new PC….they used Outlook Express on their old PC….and yep…you guessed it! Not compatible with anything that an Outlook Express user might salvage….like simply copying their "store folder"….with all of their saved emails and folders…over to a new PC and pointing the NEW client to that folder…..nope, nope, nope…..ain’t gonna happen. Why, Windows Mail kinda acts and looks like Outlook! Gee…and the autopopulate STILL hasn’t been fixed regarding the TO line…..

    ….then their is the new "Office" product…..hey, open up Word and try and find FILE, OPEN or FILE, PRINT…..but what do I know?….maybe with a ordinary user, they would consider this to be "User Friendly"….

    ….and gee……wonder why they didn’t include the RUN command as a standard "SEE" when you click on START…oops….not Start anymore, is it….just a Micro icon….or Printers???? …but hey, right click the "start" icon and go to properties….and you CAN include it…guess they though USERS would abuse the RUN command…..shucks….can’t trust them users, now can we?

    ….but the CONTROL PANEL is a sight to behold! Gee…before, with XP, we just had a few icons, but now we have HUNDREDS….this "user friendly" version is really a computer game….."Where’s Waldo?!!! ….hey…it’s really easy to find important stuff….like how to uninstall a program….and it really only took about five minutes to all the programs installed on the PC to paint….not bad….

    ….and I REALLY like Windows Explorer….why, you can almost see all of the drives and folders on the left side!…..it does not take very long for the cursor to move this side from left to right…..just five or six seconds…..but just expand out the left side and all is well…..

    ….but this PC apparently did not have enought RAM, and now I know better…..ya need 2 GIGS…..1 GIG of Ram is NOT ENOUGH…..slower than a snail…

    …I am almost through venting….seems that the Upgrade purchase of Vista is not a bootable CD….oh what fun when you need to re-format and re-install!

  52. John says:

    I have a problem with installing adobe premier and some other programs as vista keeps stating that this must be done from the administrator account.  How can I do this?

  53. SomePOedVistaUser says:

    anyone can rationalize it anyway they want. basically this added "security" is in place because Microsoft says they know more…..well they wrote the stinking thing and hide details about it so that no one can no more (that’s why opensource is Soooo much better). anyways, Microsoft…the point is: it’s my freaking computer system…don’t limit my control over it…if i get a virus somehow cuz i’m dumb then so be it…i’ll reinstall. you can’t don’t dangle a cupcake in front of a fat kid and not expect him to want to eat it…seriously….oh and that bcd thing sucks…comparatively XP was way better than Vista….Vista just has that "cool" new look which really has been around for a while in either a mac or by using WindowBlinds or ThemeXP and such….enhanced security my eye, it’s nothing more than a wannabe emulation of a mac and it’s doing a poor job of it…Vista gadgets = Mac widgets or googlebar….just like the xbox360 stole its dashboard from the mod community’s linuxboxes, Microsoft stole yet another idea and claimed it as its own (…actually isn’t that how Bill Gates started MS-DOS?….ironic?….actually i think not, more like typical)

    also, the new imaging features and the way Vista freaks out (especially because of the boot stores) if you try to ghost it and send the image to another PC for a multiboot are a real pain in the @#%. Sure the Windows SIM and ImageX might be nice, but that’s only because Microsoft framed it such that you NEED to use their products yet again….sure, Microsoft "provides" us with those tools…right?….no they make us use those tools their way because they don’t like to share and want all the attention

    uuuggggghhh!!!….stop taking away my power over my own system, stop "thinking" for me and trying to anticipate what i may or may not do in my desktop environment, and stop asking me to allow for any little thing to occur….oh and ps: now it takes 3 single-clicks navigating menus just to change the time, unlike a simple double-click in XP…..ridiculous.

    stop trying to make "better" security by using dumb ideas……anyways Vista WILL be hacked

  54. SomePOedVistaUser says:

    oh and I just turned guest accounts off after turning them on and loggin in as a guest….now i’m back to my only other admin account and i don’t even have permission to delete the Guest profile folder…..why? do the Guests outrank my so-called "admin" priveleges or is someone (i.e. Microsoft) telling me I can’t?

    in XP, the local admin was bad purely because of the standard SID….but for vista the account exists just disabled, so the SID is still there but it’s disabled such that remote attacks can’t readily utilize the account….the account seems like a placeholder for Microsoft to get its foot in the door of every home by creeping into PCs (seeing as how their account has more power than mine on my own computer)

  55. Don says:

    Darren… as complaints about disabled administrator function pile up, you’re strangely absent. Now, I’m a simple non-computer person who unfortunately just spent over $400 for Vista; let me get this straight; I’m just getting things going on my factory-installed Vista… I’m still using my administrator account, and suddenly you disable it, without warning or explanation, and I now have a crippled computer, and no way to undo it except by re-installing, and losing three days worth of work? There is no indication that this will happen, no prompting to create any new accounts… nothing. Is this right… I was supposed to create a new administrator account with a password because the original account would be quickly disabled? How was I to know this? What IS this? If I have the right understanding of this problem, WHAT were you thinking of? I e-mailed an explanation of my problem to your support service, and they e-mailed back a possible fix, line two of which stated that I would need an active administrator function to perform this.

  56. steve says:

    Ditto all above.

    Installed Vista Ultimate, something screwed up badly and now when I start up it tells me my user profile is corrupt and it has loaded a temp user profile, and there are no other users ont he system. I would like to delete the existing user and create a new one to correct the issue but I can’t, everything tells me I don’t have permission. So on XP I would normally boot into the Admin account, can’t do it on Vista?

    Great system with no admin tools to rescue a scewed computer!

  57. Don says:

    Steve… I was able to restore my administrator function, partially with some advice I received on the internet, and partly through blind luck, but I am not enough of a computer person to safely tell you how I did it… my success was certainly not based on the confusing, incomplete, over-technical mess called the MS Vista help site, nor on the semi-English speaking support technician I contacted by E-mail (the one who gave me a solution that required an active administrator to perform). Now if Vista would just let me load at least ONE Vista-compatible program successfully without going through about six gyrations. The American auto companies went rapidly downhill when they started foisting bloated, overpriced, crap cars on the public… I think Vista is Microsoft’s Lincoln Towncar.

  58. ... says:

    mmm.. nice design, I must say..

  59. Lorraine Botros says:

    We have been getting several calls from customers who are unable to uninstall our product because they are running their Vista machine in the Administrator (disabled by default) account. When you try to uninstall in the admin account a message appears asking the user to login as an administrator.  Do you know why this might be happening and what we can do to fix the problem? The uninstall works fine  in a user/admin account.

  60. Lorraine Botros says:

    I would also like to mention that I have been testing with Vista for several months now. In the last few weeks my user profile has become corrupted and when I login to the operating system it goes black. The MIS department was able to recover the account through a backup or by copying everything to a new profile. Why is the windows explorer and user profiles becoming corrupted so easily on Vista?

  61. Shannon says:

    There are not enough words in the english language to describe just how wrong Microsoft was to allow Vista to take over every single new computer in America. Ag. Why did couldn’t I have waited a year?

  62. ... says:

    Chi ha fatto questo? E un buon posto per trovare le informazioni importanti!:)

  63. ejaguar says:

    if i really wana add password on my administrator (i.e auto disabled in Vista), then what should i do ?

    and if i wana use my group police editor then what should i do in vista?

    have i use any other tweak for it, or can i do it my self through group police ?

  64. Vernard says:

    This is a big problem for Home premium users.  there are bugs on the system that when installing some software, such as Windows Live Messenger, the O.S. tells you that you are not an administrator, even though you clearly set up the user account as an administrator.

  65. Droog says:

    I stuggled with these issues for hours too, Dell "Support" told me to format and reinstall !!! (losers)

    Anyway, after digging around to figure out how to kill UAC, still have access probs related to lack of access to root admin account. The proceedure below solved that. Could scream at Dell Tech I talked to if I could ever get him back on the phone, some granny that got a PC for Christmas will be severely screwed if this guy is allowed to roam free…

    Now Outlook 07 runs like its send/recieve like its on valium

    Can’t work like this. Thank God for Blackberry….

    Still gonna have to kill Vista, I have spent too many hours screwing around, trying to get it to simply LET ME DO WHAT I WANT. ON MY PC, I AM GOD, NOT MS.

    Angry now.

    Now looking at backing up my data, praying I don’t forget something, format/reinstall on a Saturday night so I can be functional for work on Monday.

    Gee Thanks Bill.

    Really like the GUI though, too bad the OS is non functional.

    Will go back to XP till the end of the lifecycle, and in the meanwhile, get better at Linux. If I worked for MS, I would consider selling my stock options before this OS starts to bleed the company.

    And what Moron (more likely a commitee of Morons) thought that this big brother technique would be a good idea?

    Fire them (or post their email addys)

    Anyway, because you sat through my rant, here is the good stuff. It works like a charm, command prompt, type string, reboot and voila! Admin login on startup screen.

    ____________________________________________

    Unlike Windows XP where the built-in Administrator user account is created with blank password (no password) during Out-of-Box-Experience (OOBE) and simply hidden from the view of users, Windows Vista also by default will create a built-in Administrator account with empty password, but this Administrator account is disabled by default in all clean installations and upgrades of Windows Vista, including factory pre-installed Windows Vista from Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and system builders. The admin account is disabled in order to enhance the security protection of the system.

    How to Enable Windows Vista Administrator Account

    Method 1

    Under the command prompt shell window, run the following command:

    net user administrator /active:yes

    Note that you may need to disable UAC or open elevated command prompt.

    Method 2

    Enable the built-in Administrator account by using the Local Users and Groups MMC console to change the properties of the Administrator account:

    1. Open the MMC console and select Local Users and Groups.

    2. Right-click the Administrator account and select Properties. The Administrator Properties window appears.

    3. On the General tab, clear the Account is Disabled box.

    4. Close the MMC console.

    5. Administrator access is now enabled.

    Method 3

    You can enable the Administrator login access automatically during the unattended setup and installation of Windows Vista, by using the AutoLogon unattended Setup setting. To do so, set the AutoLogon setting to Administrator in the Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup component. This option will enable the built-in Administrator account in Windows Vista, even if a password is not specified in the AdministratorPassword setting.

    For fully automated procedure, system administrators can create an answer file by using Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM), as shown in the sample below that will enable the Administrator account, specify an Administrator password, and automatically log onto the system.

    Quote:

    <component name=”Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup” processorArchitecture=”x86″ publicKeyToken=”31bf3856ad364e35″ language=”neutral” versionScope=”nonSxS” xmlns:wcm=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State” xmlns:xsi=”http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance”>

    <AutoLogon>

    <Password>

    <Value>SecurePasswd123</Value>

    <PlainText>true</PlainText>

    </Password>

    <Username>Administrator</Username>

    <Enabled>true</Enabled>

    <LogonCount>5</LogonCount>

    </AutoLogon>

    <UserAccounts>

    <AdministratorPassword>

    <Value> SecurePasswd123</Value>

    <PlainText>true</PlainText>

    </AdministratorPassword>

    </UserAccounts>

    </component>  

    How to Disable Administrator Account Logon Access

    Method 1

    Under the command prompt shell window, run the following command:

    net user administrator /active:no

    Note that you may need to disable UAC or open elevated command prompt.

    Method 2

    Reset and remove all unique and customized account information including product activation status to return to end users first-run out-of-box experience (OOBE) by using sysprep.exe /generalize command. Sysprep (System Preparation Utility) is an integral part of the operating system and is always present in the C:Windowssystem32 directory, and thus can be invoked from the command line as shown below or via a GUI dialog box. To run it, execute any of the following command in command prompt or Run box.

    sysprep /generalize

    or

    c:windowssystem32sysprepsysprep.exe /generalize

    The next time the computer starts, the built-in Administrator account will be disabled.Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator Account in Windows Vista

  66. frances says:

    I am unable to register some software whilst being logged in as an administrator on uac , i have tried to use one of the methodsabove but do not have the option to select local users and groups its not there ?

    HELP ?

  67. frances says:

    well i cracked it , deactivated uac , set software to run on xp rebooted , bobs your uncle !!!!

  68. frances says:

    well i cracked it , deactivated uac , set software to run on xp rebooted , bobs your uncle !!!!

  69. rkpatrick says:

    This problem can be even worse. Not only am I locked out of all administrative tasks, but because I purchased Vista from MS electronically, it sits in a Digital Locker rather than on DVD, so I can’t even reinstall the OS.

    Did someone bother to write this down on a flowchart when they were designing it?  Seems like a kind of logic hole you can drive a truck through, and given that it prevented me from getting an asp.net project out by this morning, it’s the kind of issue that has had pretty severe consequences (for me at least)

  70. Matt Kerr says:

    "If the last local administrator account is inadvertently demoted, disabled or deleted, safe mode will allow the disabled built-in administrator account to logon for disaster recovery"

    No, I have no access to the built-in administrator account.  It’s shown in safe mode in the user login screen but attempting to login causes it to just log off instantly (Before the desktop even shows up).  I can’t even use elevation of command prompt or anything else because the password entry has been inadvertently *disabled* (WTF!?).

    Vista is very lame.  I can’t figure out wtf to do to fix this bullshit.

  71. Just_Some_Guy says:

    Here’s a problem. I upgraded from XP to Vista a few hours ago. The only account on the XP computer was the Administrator account. The administrator account, the only account on the computer, is now disabled. I am completely locked out of my brand new Vista Machine. What do I do now?

  72. Thomas H says:

    I’ve always used Windows (since 2000 Pro) with two accounts- Administrator to install/make changes, and Standard for daily usage.  (No need to be admin to read email or do accounting!)  I just installed Vista Ultimate, and along with the must-create Administrator-group account, I created a regular account for myself.

    But, I have this overwhelming urge to enable the Administrator account AND give it a password so I can install software and load drivers and lock my computer down (with local security policy).

    Should I?  Or should I use the Administrator-group account instead for drivers & software?  I read a few messages on the ‘net that seemed to think everything would blow up if I gave the real Administrator account a password.  What’s the best practice for security here?

  73. Frank Toohey says:

    I have been writing software and using computers since 1960 — that’s 47 years if we are a little slow.

    I think it is wonderful this security shell is available to us but one simple fact seems to be forgotten.

    Like most of us, I just stroked a fairly medium size check for a new computer and new OS. It was not something I wanted to do but was forced to by virtue of the fact my old desktop flamed out.

    So here we have a lot of stuff, entertainment mostly, which I do not use — you even screwed around with solitaire and the Office Shortcut Bar — is nothing sacred.

    In amongst all of this, I now have a computer I am not permitted to do this, thus, or so on with my own system. This is outrageous.

    It would be one thing if I had been given an option because there are a lot of folks who need this, but you all have just made my life harder.

    And you have wasted my time because I am going to figure out how to reclaim, reclaim mind you, what I paid for. Its a wonder someone does not haul you in for theft of service.

    For shame — or is Orwell now living in the beautiful state of Washington?

    The death of Software Development comes when we (us developers) think we know what is "best" for our User community. We are the builders of tools which ease User life by establishing and facilitating efficiencies.

    This is wrong. Wrong professionally; wrong spiritually; wrong for all Users as you have taken options away. The bedrocks of our society are challenged.

    For shame.

    ft310@yahoo.com

  74. Respected Sir,

         how to disabled a Administrator password or what is the default password in windows vista os (Dell Laptop) can any one solve my problem.

    Waiting for earliest reply.

    SANDESH SAKPAL

  75. Yemble says:

    This ridiculous behaviour can easily be hacked out of Vista via a few registry key additions.  Then you have an Adiministrator account that you can log onto in both standard AND safe modes…

    …and yes it does also work on the Home edition.

    Try Googling "vista enable administrator"

  76. Juan says:

    I am using windows vista home premium. I am TOTALLY unhappy with the whole experience. From the login screens (I got the Ctrl-Alt-Del to show but I can’t get the user names not to show) to the admin password situation discussed here, to the sharing of files ONLY in the public folder, to the way to connect to other computers in a home workgroup situation. I successfully connected to a windows XP pro system, but, no matter what I do, it won’t connect to a w2k system.

    It seems that a first requirement for windows vista design was to make it as illogical and as incompatible with other systems as possible

  77. Juan says:

    I am using windows vista home premium. I am TOTALLY unhappy with the whole experience. From the login screens (I got the Ctrl-Alt-Del to show but I can’t get the user names not to show) to the admin password situation discussed here, to the sharing of files ONLY in the public folder, to the way to connect to other computers in a home workgroup situation. I successfully connected to a windows XP pro system, but, no matter what I do, it won’t connect to a w2k system.

    It seems that a first requirement for windows vista design was to make it as illogical and as incompatible with other systems as possible

  78. Juan says:

    Oh.

    I forgot to tell you. I have been using computers since 1971 and, though I am not a PhD in rocket Science, I am a PhD. As Frank said a few lines above, what MS has done is a crime and shows how utterly arrogant Gates and his cackle are.

  79. how to ture on my aministrative

  80. chris rios says:

    Thanks but I am just trying to get an administrator.

  81. chris rios says:

    Thanks but I am just trying to get an administrator.

  82. Brett Headley says:

    I no longer own my own PC.

    I’m not a happy camper.

  83. ... says:

    E grande io ha trovato il vostro luogo! Le info importanti ottenute! ))

  84. rusty risner says:

    the built in administrator account can be used on windows vista. i  have found a way to enable it.  

    email    rusty.j.risner@us.army.mil

  85. rusty risner says:

    if anyone is looking for a way to enable the administrator account in windows vista call em at 931-540-8065  or email me at rusty.j.risner@us.army.mil  or  rusty.risner@dielectric.spx.com

  86. rusty risner says:

    you can log on using the built in administrator without safe mode.  i spent a little time exploring with windows vista and i figured it out in about 30 minutes. the administrator can be enabled. in less then one minute. just email me and i will tell u how. rusty.j.risner@us.army.mil

  87. whynot says:

    why don’t you post the solution here oh obin-wan?

  88. whynot says:

    rather, why don’t you post the solution here oh obi-wan (person who posted that he has a solution above)…

  89. Raja says:

    Please tell me how to get built in admistrator enabled?

    How to get the adminstrator rights in windows vista? Because I am not able to download the updates from Microsoft website.. It is asking for adminstrator rights..

    Please someone help me in this regard..

  90. Steve Foister says:

    MS has decided – for security reasons – to make the operation of their operating system more difficult for those who don’t have college degrees in computer science.

    They have taken the "home" out of home computing and believe that everyone that owns a computer needs to be protected from themselves and any children they either might or might not have.

    Because of their desire to control what I can or cannot do with a computer I have decided that any "improved" system will immediately be deleted from my computer and a very basic Windows 2000 or Windows XP will take its place.

    MS has made home computing a pain in the ass.

    Yes, that is how I see it.

    Steve Foister

  91. Steve Foister says:

    On second thought, I believe I’ll go to a Mac.

    Steve Foister

  92. RC says:

    How to Enable Windows Vista Home Administrator Account

    I tried the method in above:

    1. Go to User account and disable UAC

    2. Reboot Computer

    3. Open elevated command prompt

    4. Type: net user administrator /active:yes

    5. Switch User to login

    To Disable Administrator:

    1. Open elevated command prompt

    2. Type: net user administrator /active:no

    3. Go to User account and enable UAC

    I hope this will help??????????

    net user administrator /active:yes

    Note that you may need to disable UAC or open elevated command prompt.

  93. RC says:

    How to Enable Windows Vista Home Administrator Account

    I tried the method in above:

    1. Go to User account and disable UAC

    2. Reboot Computer

    3. Open elevated command prompt

    4. Type: net user administrator /active:yes

    5. Switch User to login

    To Disable Administrator:

    1. Open elevated command prompt

    2. Type: net user administrator /active:no

    3. Go to User account and enable UAC

    I hope this will help??????????

  94. Dave J says:

    I found a fun little way to ruin your computer with all this security …

    Before I realized the Administrator account was automatically disabled, I logged in with the administrator account I created (we’ll call it AC to decrease confusion).

    So, planning to use the AC account in the production environment, I decide to lower it’s privileges (while logged into it) from "Administrator" to "User." I click apply and *BAM*

    I’ve completely shut my self out of being able to do literally ANYTHING on this computer.

    So one click of the mouse and I have to completely reinstall the OS?

    Am I wrong in thinking this is the only option I have left?

  95. IOAN says:

    Hi, I realy need help, I have a windows vista ultimate and I need to change a file in system 32, when i try to change it says that it needs administrator permission, but i am the only user on the computer, can you help me pleaseee????

  96. MOH says:

    Hi, I realy need help, I have a windows vista home and I need to uninstall sum program when i try for it, it says that it needs administrator permission, but i am the only user on the computer, plzzzzz help me

  97. Jessi says:

    I have been stuck on this for days now, and haven’t been able to find an answer…I have just purchased a new hp laptop with Windows Vista and set up two accounts.  The default account (comes with admin privileges) and a user account.  When I first set up the admin account, I had no troubles giving it a password.  When I changed the password, I had the infamous messages I have been reading about everhywhere saying I couldn’t change the password.  I tried several times, and then it was changed.  

    So, I was then able to login just fine with the default account (admin privileges).  I then did smth that may have messed everything up.  I changed the name of the account to ‘Admin’ and after that I was no longer able to login (maybe this was a fatal mistake???? If so, it would have been nice if Windows could tell me that this user already exists…or at least that I wouldn’t be able to use my computer anymore in that account…ugh).  I didn’t change the password, and in fact the password hint is still the same.  I thought ‘administrator’ was the administrator username in Windows, not Admin, but maybe I am mistaken?  Is Admin a reserved name too? My  ISP is actually set up on a network in a highrise building, and I read somewhere that if you are on a network, that the username/password on your computer can be changed by the network admin…I thought about this, but think it’s much more likely that it’s a Vista problem….although found this to be very interesting.  So, Windows Vista came with my new computer, and I am getting the feeling that my only option is to do a reinstall…but I don’t even have the software….didn’t come with the laptop…all the reading I have found to access the real administrator account say that you have to run the cmd program as an administrator, which requires that I know this password that no longer works…..any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

    Thanks,

    Jessi  

  98. Jessi says:

    WHen I say that I set up the admin account above, I am referring to the default account that Windows gives me…not the ‘admin’ account.  I haven’t touched the ‘administrator’ account that is disabled in Vista….haven’t done anything with that.  Trying to give all details as possible, in case anyone is able to provide helpful information.  Thanks!

  99. Robert says:

    Hint to Microsoft, when the users is downgrading machine from a domain machine to workgroup, verify that there is an Administrator account available on the local machine that is ENABLED…

  100. marie perez says:

    this computer was givin to me and i cant change the administrator. so i can put me as the administrator. how do i fix this?

  101. Ataide Cardoso says:

    By starting a first logon on Windows Vista I renamed a account  created with name xyx, after this, I rename this account and input new password,  the result Windows Locked password and user, how I can resolve this ?

    tks

  102. MH says:

    How can I reset my admin/parental control password, if the old password does not work? I purchased a new laptop for my daughter (13 yrs old) and it came with Vista pre-installed. I did not have the option to have them install XP instead of Vista – which should be an option whenever a new MS OS comes out, as they work out the bugs with real user feedback. I really did not want Vista on my daughter’s laptop, given what I have read about Vista and experienced on friends and families laptops (as the computer geek in the family I am always called on to teach, fix and set up anything tech). We need to install some software and I am unable to get into my admin account. Is there a way to reset my password or create another admin account, if the old password does not work? Thanks!

  103. mohit says:

    hi there after reading all the comments on the windows vista administrator account i wanted to ask that i want to install real player on my computer and the administrator account made manually by me does not allow me to do that please help me to install that player or help me to log on to the administrator account.

    and about the features and looks it is excellent

    and the parental control is good as it is not available in other OS as far as i know

    pls help

                                                                        thankyou

  104. mohit says:

    hi there after reading all the comments on the windows vista administrator account i wanted to ask that i want to install real player on my computer and the administrator account made manually by me does not allow me to do that please help me to install that player or help me to log on to the administrator account.

    and about the features and looks it is excellent

    and the parental control is good as it is not available in other OS as far as i know

    pls help

    my email id is  

    mohitgodiya@gmail.com

                                                                        thankyou

  105. gopi says:

    what is the command for windows vista activation in manual?

  106. Every time I shut off my computer I have to (Reset Internet Explorer ) before I can get back on the net.  Dial up is (no) problume.

    But When I  shut down and try to get back on line  Internet explorer says It can not display the web page.  I am required to (Reset Internet).

    I have called the 800 # several times…no help.  

    THIS IS A BRAND NEW COMPUTER…purchased 8/7/2007.

    drakma@bellsouth.net…………….H   E   L  P..

  107. I see nothing……………Is everyone having this trouble with windows vista???

  108. This ia as bad as the trouble i am having

  109. Your answer…………..flashes…….but does not hold

  110. Thanks for the  hints about the password an security. But….. After Vista didn’t start up anymore I had to restore my computer to an earlier point in time, using the Vista DVD. It worked and I could reuse the computer again. But a day later, I couldn’t access my account on my PC anymore, despite using the same User ID and password I was using before. Any ideas, or do I have to restore my PC again? by the way, I did not create a password reset disk….

    Thanks!!

  111. Blackbull says:

    my pc crashed when i tried to install mandrake linux 10 on it. i created 4 patitions but i didnt like linux so i tried to install vista again. i had to format my harddrive again back to normal which means that i lost everything. now i cant activate the administartor account anymore. i had it befor my pc crash. PLZ HELP ME!!!

    If necessary send me a comment on x-rcist@hotmail.com

  112. Daniel says:

    I definately think that this SUX!

    The last week I haven’t been able to get on MSN Messenger, cuz it sais I’m Out of Date.. so I get Windows Live Messenger, which CRASHES on Start up…

    Then I get MSN Messenger 7.5 Which I need to be The Administrator to use! Please, SOMEONE give me a way to log back on MSN… Ticks me off greatly!

  113. Daniel says:

    oh, yeah, my E-mail to those who might be able to help me.

    Dane87danne@hotmail.com

  114. Linda says:

    Why worry about viruses when we have Microsoft’s Windows Vista to mess things up for us worse than any virus ever did?

    Please PC Computer companies out there, unite, and refuse to install anymore Window’s Vista on your computers.

    Leave our Administrators alone!!!!

  115. vishal says:

    While upgrading windows XP laptop with windows vista my administrator account automatically disabled.

  116. eisenringtheo@gmail.com says:

    When the built-in administrator is disabled inadvertently in VISTA and there is no other administrator existing, and when then UAC asks for permission, then you can’t do nothing. In these cases the unexperienced user has to reinstall VISTA. I think UAC should in these cases propose to restart VISTA in SAFE MODE

  117. Eddie says:

    Brand new machine and I am totally locked out wrond user name or password. I never put one on the machine. Sick of this crap!!!!!!!! Now what do I do?

  118. woody says:

    This is the worst possible idea that microsoft ever had.

    It makes this box completely unusable on our business network.

    I am the system admin for the network.

    Microsoft, in it’s "infinite wisdom" decided to not all more than one account to map a drive from the same computer to  windows 2000/2003 servers.  unfortuatly, for whatever reason, there have been times when I needed to map a user to a drive on the server, as administrator.  That of course means that I have to map all the drives with those credentials, thus opening up the entire system to folk who we don’t need to have access to.

    For me, since I live on the end of a vpn link to the main office 200 miles away, my computer needs full access to everything.

    I accomplish that by using a version of windows 2000 as my workstation, with the same login    administrator   and same password as the server.  That way, I don’t have issues with connectivity,and when I run VNC over the VPN I have no login/credential problems.

    My windows 2000 system decided to croak.  So the company just bought me a new system, with   vishita installed.

    I can’t log in as admininstrator on this computer, so it completly breaks my ability to function inthis case.

    So to avoid voiding the warrantee, I have had to get another 320 gig drive, install windows 2003 advanced server (which I run as my workstation), and remove the built in 320 with vista(vishita) on it and put it up on the shelf.

    All because it can’t join the network, nor can I log in as administrator.

    Needless to say I am pissed.

  119. Ron Reuter says:

    Is this fix for this?  Running Win XP pro, the log-inwindow comes up and wants password ( never put a password in,left it blank) User name is ron, click on ok. Now it says "account disabled see system administrator"

    Help……………….

  120. Me says:

    I got a laptop from Best Buy…one problem…someone named Miranda bought it before me and returned it.  So, I guess she is the administrator or something to the affect. I was able to delete her account and I thought I had a legit admin account.  I can still see her folders, I actually have to go through her folders to get to mine. Sucks.  I have been able to download everything except my printer drivers. It is telling me I dont have sufficient rights. OK, so that brought me to this site.

    So, I deleted her account, I am wondering is this the famous Admin account that everyone is talking about? If it is or isnt, I have deleted her user name and her files are still there…and I still dont have enough rights.  

    Has anyone else had a similar problem? Even if not, does anyone know what I need to do?…Do the main Admin reset as described above….but what about "Mirandas" old folders? Please explain. sstarhansen@hotmail.com  thanks.

  121. i was doing some stuff to make life easier with vista which has been a shame to me as i am always with my finger in a book or webpage trying to figure our what happened, trying to know where this road is leading, that it often seems like vista starts to bark before it nips or bites. so i think i have somebody who put in an administrator remotely as you all say that it is ‘default’ but no pw, which means to me, no account access.  i did some repairs in the control panel as to ‘permissions’ and ‘ownership’ and stuff like that to make sure ‘my character’ can fish around without problem.  i also bought mine at bestbuy like was said above by Ron Reuter/ his viz Miranda shock ‘out of the box,’ what happened… I thought she was new when I bought her,.. just a joke not a creep.  Mitchell

  122. following up, i got it straight, not even at a normal command prompt directory, as in c, but here actually in x, signally for a recover aproach….. i guess the computer knew best.  I chose restore, over ‘recover,’ and ‘recover32,’ etc., for a quicky at many different restore points, not a whole day of rerouting/reinstalling stuff, updates to our nervousness as to lost time.  requests of my nonsilence are not well kept. , and some things get done.  which is my joke, not theirs as to who would receive such evidenc(s), of their victory, as to what’s right, for recovery.  ANYBODY KNOW ABOUT ALL THE VIRUS/SPYWARE SOFTWARE’S??? THEY ALL SAY WE GOT EVERYTHING (SOME IN 5 MINUTES, SOME IN 2 SECONDS, BUT ALWAYS THERE ARE VIRUS’S/HEADACHES TO RESTORE, ANOTHER GO IN COMPUTER-LAND HELL, IN THE THOUSANDS OF FOUNDED SOUNDS OF GROUNDS FOR INQUIRY, (IN 10 SECONDS, OR LESS).  Mitchell: mitch_haas5000@hotmail.com

  123. mark gonzalez says:

    I am trying to backup files on windows vista with Smart Sync Pro. Many of the files require administrator approval so that they can only be backed up manually. what can I do to allow Smart Sync Pro to acess and back up all the files in documents?

  124. Alen says:

    I have a big problem!

    I have only one account in windows vista and it is adminstrator. But no progrem dosent run as adminstrator. Im my user accounts  it shows that i em admin. So it wood bee nice to have spare Built-in Administrator Account.

    I think this is a virus if you know enythink to help me pless doo

    TNX

  125. eisenringtheo@gmail.com says:

    By default are administrators in Vista also member of the stanadard user group and when a program does not ask to be run in administrators mode, Vista administrator runs in stanadard user mode. In such cases you may open the property tab by right clicking, use property and then compatibility. The the program runs every time in administrator mode. Or easier right click the icon an "run as a administrator".

  126. Vista Problem says:

    an any1 tell me how can u install some software wid windows Vista ..  Its annoyin. I wanna change the admin user to standard user.. but it doesnt le me.. what a bullshit vista.. not use freindly at all

  127. Lloyd says:

    I would like too know why i can,t send pictures too my hotmail friends with http addys, and what do i do too get it working

  128. Chris says:

    I have NEVER seen a more STUPID thing to do but to diaable by default the administrator account. I got stuck 3 hours now to figure out how to manage things and programs on my niece’s new PC.

    The STUPIDITY at its fullest!

  129. Chris says:

    Congratulatios Microsoft!

    You just proved and confirmed what all normal users have been stating years now!

    That it’s impossible to beat a fool man’s mind!

  130. Ron says:

    One way I have found to enable the default administrator account is to delete all of your( so called administrator accounts) choose the option to save your settings for your account reboot in safemode and the default administrator account will appear. While you are there i suggest you take ownership over your c drive  you can change all permissions in all directories long as you have ownership it dont matter if your an administraor or a stander user.  You can find advanced user accounts in the help files. open help and support from the start menu in the search box type in logon  in the index click enable control +alt+delet and then clike advanced user control and from there you can delete your accounts and make sure when you create your new administrator account you give yourself full control

  131. nara says:

    hi…

    i lost my administrator account. i always using standart account. also can’t creat new administartor account.

  132. Francisco Reich-d'Almeida says:

    This whole issue of Security should be made much more user friendly and entirely customisable.

    In my particular case there is absolutely no danger or risk relating to a possible local use – I am strictly the only user of this computer. No children or strangers can accessit.

    Nevertheless until now I have not been able to change my administrator’s account. Not only am I prevented from enabling it but also mI am constantly being refused all sorts of manouvers some of them perfectly lain.

    At present I have my Update module in the control Panel – completely blank, I am unable to update Windows and whatever I might do to circumvent that I am prevented by the software. Which obviously I bought (came with the computer) and is completely legal.

    Although I own several other computers both at home and in my office (only one other is Vista) I am becoming so annoyed that I am seriously considering switching over to the MAC side

  133. Gino says:

    I want to access the administator and i didlike the stupid conformation alwasy can you tell me how to do that

    I hate it when i see that i am not able to do what i need to.

    Why vista is so stupid OS right now?

    Can you tell me how to gain the orginal Administrator account?

    please post it to vginov@gmail.com

  134. Mark Andrews says:

    I cant even copy my own files that I created from one folder to a new folder. I keep getting a message that I need to set admin permissions before I can move files. I want to throw vista as far as I can up bill gates ass.

  135. eisenringtheo@gmail.com says:

    activating the built-in administrator:

    1.  open the command prompt as a administrator

    2.  enter the command: net user administrator /active:yes

    Be careful: This accounts runs only in adminstrator’s mode.

    To switch off the UAC read the help instruction under "user account control"

    regards Theo

  136. nara says:

    my problem is the comand prompt is doesn’t work as a administrator.

    How can run the command prompt as a administrator?

    Is it possible to open as safe mode command prompt?

  137. eisenringtheo@gmail.com says:

    "open the command prompt as an administrator:"

    means: right click the icon "command prompt", then you see all the menu you need.

    regards Theo

  138. cassie says:

    i have an acer aspire desktop computer w/ windows vista home basic—i forgot my log in password and i did not create a reset disk. what should i do?

  139. eisenringtheo@gmail.com says:

    Password forgotten:

    Oh that is bad. There is no chance to log in. You have to install a new copy of window using the dvd. I had the same problem. I was lucky, my computer has two drives, installling windows on drive d: I could read the informations on drive c: afterwards.

    You must activate vista again.

    regards Theo

  140. eisenringtheo@gmail.com says:

    Password forgotten:

    Oh that is bad. There is no chance to log in. You have to install a new copy of window using the dvd. I had the same problem. I was lucky, my computer has two drives, installling windows on drive d: I could read the informations on drive c: afterwards.

    You must activate vista again.

    regards Theo

  141. jack_w says:

    To enable vista the original built-in "administrator" account, do the following:

    1. log in as one of administrators’ account. When first install Windows Vista, you will prompt to enter a user ID and password for one of administrators. Use this account (as an administrator), go to "Control Panel", find "User Accounts", Click "Turn User Control Account On or Off", un-Check "Use UAC control to help protect your computer", hit "ok" and then restart the local machine.

    2. log in as one of administrator account, run "cmd" to open a command prompt, type: net user administrator /active:yes

    3. A message about successful change will be displayed. Now you have activated the built-in administator account.

    4. go to "Control Panel", find "User Account", click it and you should see the built-in administrator account.

    5. log off. You should see an additional icon for the built-in administrator account.

    6. click on the built-in administrator icon, hit "enter" because there is no password required for now. log in to this built-in administrator account and set up your own password for this account (do it through "User Accounts" in "Control Panel".

    I am using Windows Vista Home Premium Build 6000.

  142. t00dy says:

    I found something more useful on Microsoft KB website under: kb/555910

    HOW TO: Enable the build-in Administrator account in Windows Vista

    (applies to any other user)

    MORE INFORMATION

    To enable the build-in Administrator account, follow these steps:

    1. Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start Search box.

    2. In the search results list, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator.

    3. When you are prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.

    4. At the command prompt, type net user administrator /active:yes, and then press ENTER.

    5. Type net user administrator <Password>, and then press ENTER.

    Note: Please replace the <Password> tag with your passwords which you want to set to administrator account.

    6. Type exit, and then press ENTER.

    7. Log off the current user account.

    LP

    t00dy

  143. t00dy says:

    sorry…didn’t even read the comments 😛

  144. aaa says:

    I forgot the administrator password for my account. What should i do? i don’t have it writen down or anything

  145. eisenringtheo@gmail.com says:

    Whitout password you can’t do anything. You must reinstall vista, but that is no problem. It lasts about one hour and the computer must not be attended. Your personal files are stored in a separate folder and are not lost.

    All programs must then be reinstalled..

    I had also to do it: and now there is one good thing:  I have got a fresh copy of Windows, whitout the little problems of my earlier version..

    Regards Theo

  146. eisenringtheo@gmail.com says:

    Whitout password you can’t do anything. You must reinstall vista, but that is no problem. It lasts about one hour and the computer must not be attended. Your personal files are stored in a separate folder and are not lost.

    All programs must then be reinstalled..

    I had also to do it: and now there is one good thing:  I have got a fresh copy of Windows, whitout the little problems of my earlier version..

    Regards Theo

  147. mateus martins says:

    i said i need help to reset my administrator password because my pc is on limit account and i am not able to do anything beside get on line so i really need help to reset the password so i want to know if anyone off you can help me with that please??

  148. Disgruntled user says:

    YOu’re all so freaking stupid! What the heck is the admin account for if it’s disabled? Now I can’t get into my system. I should never have bought Vista in the first place. Useless OS/USELESS PEOPLE …

  149. Robert says:

    Hi, i recently upgraded from XP to Vista, on two computers. One is fine, login and pasword can be accessed. The second one is disabled and i cant get in at all, also cannot get in in safe mode. what can i do ?

  150. Patrick says:

    All you guys that are so eager to have access to the Vista built in administrator account but aren’t smart enough to enable it or work with the existing tools shouldn’t have access to the administrator account anyway.  It’s people who think they know what they are doing that made Microsoft disable this account in the first place.  

    Use the tools and the wizards.  Vista is gonna do fine!!! if the IT world stops hacking on it and does what we are supposed to be smart enough to do!

    Patrick.

  151. Ansux says:

    I just installed a software on Vista Home Basic and it reguires logging to the built-in administrator account to register before I can run it.  Now where can I enble the built in  account?

  152. Liam says:

    I got a new windows vista and i cant log onto the administrator. I can only use the standard account.

  153. jcole2922@sbcglobal.net says:

    I purchased a game Family Feud and have been unable to play because parental controls were installed on my computer without my knowledge.  How do I remove?  Help!

  154. Vijay Desai says:

    I am having a trouble in downloading the files from internet. Whenever i configure a download directory for a Media player and try to download the videos i get an error stating that i do not have sufficient previleges to download this file. Please note that i log in with the account which has administrative previleges. Please assist what needs to be done.

  155. joantriv says:

    I can not print anything from my e-mail or the internet.  It keep telling me that my account is not registered.  What is going on?  I use to do all of this.

    Joan Carr

  156. lakatzenberg says:

    I can no longer get into my e-mail account.  I get the message that I cannot sign in to MSN Messenger because I am using an old version .  To upgrade I need to log on this computer as local administrator.  How?  I am the administrator and new computer user.

  157. georgethebear says:

    I bought 2 PCs with vista for my children to get them online via my router. When i tried to put in the software to set them up it would say, you have to log on as administrator. I tried a lot of things from the web and nothing would work. It was by accident, that when i put the software into the drive, and explored the disc,  i right clicked on the application file when i noticed the option – run as administrator. When i clicked on this it let me in and i have both PCs working. Everthing seems to be running smooth now. If anyone is getting the same problems then do the same thing i have done. Good luck.

  158. Igmonster says:

    I hit logoff by mistake instead of shutdown. Now I get the login screen but when I click on the user account it logs off than logs back on to the user account screen….over and over and over. Boots ok in safe mode. Any idea how to get past this ? thanks

    (I do hate Vista….a lot)

  159. suresh says:

    i forgot my password on my laptop , its vista

    machine is lenovo y31000

    pls help appreciated

  160. Walton says:

    i have this sony laptop and when i try and logon it says your account has been disabled. Please see they system administrator. What do i do… I cannot login.

  161. annonamous says:

    Sorry, I am very angry after switch to Windows Vista from Windows XP and suffer a lot from so awarkward and so stupid arrangement for the UAC.

  162. Luke made an error says:

    Darren states

    "Be aware that disabling the built-in administrator account means that it is important that you do not forgot the user name and passwords for the other administrator accounts on that PC. If you do, you may end up a in a situation where you are unable to make further admin changes to your PC—or even event not be able to login at all."

    unfortunately for me, im on this page because I deleted (or disabled) my administrator/guest account and now I cant log in to windows

    Does anyone have any idea what I can do to regain access to windows??

    poynts@gmail.com – if you dont want to post in this forum

    Thanks in advance

  163. Todd says:

    What happens if my Admin account is disabled.and my user password doesn’t work?  It’s not forgotten but it just doesn’t work.  Is there a way to reset the password?  Is there a password reset app out there for Vista like XP Pro?

    Cheers

  164. pateicia elsby says:

    i cant seem to get an administer to work my windows LIVE MESSENGER I CANT EEM TO SEE HER WHEN I PRESS MY MOUSE SHE DISSAPEARS SHE CAN SEE ME BUT I CANT SEE HER WHY IS THat its only when im playing active games and when i ue my mouse to play as i sais she can see me but she goes to the bottom of the bar so can you please help me if you can i would be ever so greatfull for all your help im 59 and not to good at technicAL WORK ON THIS COMP THANKS VERY MUCH PATELSBY

  165. sandman says:

    I have used the full administrator account on 4 systems i have owned over the past year with no issues and very good systems

  166. LittleAcorn says:

    I had somehow deleted the administrator account and was left with a standard user account.

    Months of not being able to update software etc later, I finally found this – needless to say not on any Microsoft forum – and it worked

    Start your computer in Safe Mode (press F8 as soon as you switch on), you will get the Advanced Options Menu.  Down arrow to the first item – Safe Mode and press Enter.

    Next screen, type in

    control userpasswords2

    click on your user name and click on properties

    make yourself Administrator

    Reboot

    Bingo!

  167. Chris says:

    i need some help, my administrator username is like messed up when i click on it and put in the password it says username failed to log in, username cannot be loaded, because of that i cant do anything to make it work again, so im stuck, do anyone know how i can fix this? and if i have to erase my pc memory will i still have my aol account and things like that?

  168. Tome_art says:

    I used the following solution from war1 to try and login into the local administrator account, but when I booted up, I got the following message, "Your account has been disabled.  Please see your system administrator."   Fortunately I could still login to my normal admin account, but is there a method to enable the local administrator account?  I also tried the registry hack that’s used for XP Home but that had zero effect.  I also tried the registry hack with the DWORD 32 Administrator 1 key, but that had no effect.  Logging in safe mode doesn’t do anything.  If you offer the usual suggestions that involve running lusrmgr or secpol.msc, please note that Vista Home Basic responds with, "This snapin may not be used with this version of Windows."

    war1:vnmikhal,

    Unless you join a domain, it is awfully difficult to logon to the built in Administrator account.

    To work around this using AutoLogon:

      1. Logon as the account you created during the installation.

      2. From the Start menu, go to "All Programs", "Accessories"

      3. Right-click on "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as Administrator"

      4. Click "Allow" from the ConsentUI prompt

      5. In the resulting Command window, enter "regedit" and press enter

      6. In regedit, browse to HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon

      7. In the Winlogon key, create a new value of type REG_SZ (string) titled AutoAdminLogon and set the value to 1.

      8. Also create a string value titled "DefaultPassword" and set it to the password you want for the Administrator account.

      9. In the value "DefaultDomainName" enter the name of your computer

     10. In the value "DefaultUserName" enter "Administrator"

     11. Close regedit

     12. Back in the command prompt, enter "Net User Administrator password*" (replace password with the password you entered for DefaultPassword).

     13. Log off or reboot. You are now logged on with the local Administrator account. To stop it from auto logging on, remove that "AutoAdminLogon" value or set it to 0.

  169. Roman says:

    The "real" reason that the Administrator account is disabled is to remove local control of administrative rights, and by default leaving a back door open to BIG BRO, courtesy of the UNpatriot  Act.  Be a true patriot, reclaim your own admin account and kick the Man off your machine.  IT’S YOURS, YOU BOUGHT IT, they can’t tell you what to do with it.

    I’ll Quote Ben Franklin on this one.

    "I have read your Manuscript with some Attention. By the Arguments it contains against the Doctrine of a particular Providence, tho’ you allow a general Providence, you strike at the Foundation of all Religion (Read Microsoft EULA): For without the Belief of a Providence that takes Cognizance of, guards and guides and may favour particular Persons, there is no Motive to Worship a Deity (Bill Gates), to fear its Displeasure, or to pray for its Protection (UAC, Windows Defender& Firewall), I will not enter into any Discussion of your Principles, tho’ you seem to desire it; At present I shall only give you my Opinion that tho’ your Reasonings are subtle (Shark infested), and may prevail with some Readers, you will not succeed so as to change the general Sentiments of Mankind on that Subject, and the Consequence of printing this Piece will be a great deal of Odium drawn upon your self, Mischief to you and no Benefit to others. He that spits against the Wind, spits in his own Face.."

    And the oft attributed but no less true,

    "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."

  170. Roman says:

    P.S. In case you fat cats, Devs and sharkie types might be thinking you have nothing to fear, I have two words for you to contemplate, Arrrrrrr, and Ubuntu.

  171. Steve. says:

    I have been locked out of my computer. I do know my original username which was just plain ‘administrator’ and the password that logged me in before i tried it. Since i tried that from cmd ive been locked out of my computer for 20+ hours. I’v e tried some password recovery disks but none seemed to work. What do i have to do?

  172. Anand K. says:

    Darren,

    Thanks for the explaination. If I wanted to enable the adminstrator’s account, which registry keys do I need to work with. I have a HD with Windows XP Pro and I wanted to transfer the data from that HD to my new Vista Laptop and cannot because of the ADMIN issue.  My email address is meccpro2005@gmail.com

    Thanks,

    Anand Kumar

  173. Tee says:

    Use "Offline NT Password & Registry Editor" to either unlock the Administrator account or promote another user to the local administator group to regain access to your locked Windows Vista PC.

  174. eyad says:

    hello there

    i dont know wt to do with the brolbel i have in here ….

    some one try to help me in my laptop (VISTA ULTIMATE ) and he delete all the users and he made the administrator disabled also to finish the task with so huge smile in his face ….

    any way can I after all wt i told u able to login to my laptop coa i dont want to repair or format plz plz plz help me

  175. Tommy Willingham says:

    There is an especially hot corner of Hell reserved for you asshole that came up with this abomination!!!

  176. Tommy Willingham says:

    There is an especially hot corner of Hell reserved for you assholes that came up with this abomination!!!

  177. prakash says:

    Built-in Administrator Account Disabled , there is no other administrator account, only available user account user id, how to enable the administrator account in user account?

  178. prakash says:

    Built-in Administrator Account Disabled , there is no other administrator account, only available user account user id, how to enable the administrator account in user account?

    please mail me prakash0106@rediffmail.com

  179. David says:

    Vista machine. Local administrator account is disabled (unknown)

    Only other account as Guest.

    How do I enable the local admin account?

    thanks,

    p.s. Don’t tell me to re image 🙂

    please help before i reimage again. it’s a pain 🙂

  180. Novice says:

    Guys,

    It was me on the previous message: "Vista machine.."

    I managed to fix the issue after reading through pages of solutions but here’s a quick one for you all.

    Boot from dos, hit F8 to go into SAFE MODE

    Once in Safe Mode, go to managed user accounts and enable the Administrator account as well as reset the password just to be sure. This will fix the issue, in my case it has done a wonderful job. It saved me from re imaging teh whole machine and re install many software needed.

    Hope that helps if not, bad luck I guess after all, am just a novice 🙂

  181. ERIC says:

    I have done everything for 2 days now to get this piece of crap asp.net machine account to release administrator command.  Safe mode needs ADMINISTRATOR authorization in the first place.

    This is so hopeless..Does anyone have a real plan to get the admin authorization back?  The new computers do not come with discs, cannot burn a disc, (need authorization for everything!!!!!)

    Cannot system restore.

    Cannot access anything worth a damn cmd.  

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  182. cookie says:

    Seriously, I have to access the true root admin to install the software I need for work. It won’t let me with "just" a user administrator.

    I HATE YOU AND YOUR VISTA CRAP!

  183. Gbit says:

    Hi

    I’m not allowed to change my admin approval mode for the built in admin to enabled. I thus have several Program files directories since he wn’t let me install in the correct folder.. Well after I reboot there is a conflct with two program files and im force to rename one…. How do I fix this?

  184. warrhammer1 says:

    Ok guys. I sometimes think we tecies outthink ourselfs here. You want to bypass this administrator issue? Try this its easy. control panel/user accounts/Turn user control on or off/uncheck the box (use user account control UAC to help protect your computer. click ok and reboot. Now you will be able to update bios and run critical command functions. The system will continue to warn you that your system is unsafe until you re-check the box again so when you need to change something uncheck it. Then re-check it to shut up its whining. LOL gl

  185. Don't know administrator password says:

    I have recently added as adminstrator, a standard account user (myself) to avoid the annoying pop-ups when my pictures are presented when I load them, only to find out that in standard account mode, it does the same.  I go to switch back, and I can’t.  I didn’t give myself permission.  The password, I thought would have been the same as when I originally first logged in as Administrator, but its not.  I went to safe mode, to see if I could loggin as admin. but I can’t, so reinstalling the OS, will I need to administer that as well?  How can I solve this…

  186. John says:

    I have one account – shown as an administrator account.

    And find it impossible to turn off the parental controls. My wife is now going batshit over this as she has been unable to install itunes.

    Just wanted to thank whoever designed that little "feature".  I’ve searched for hours and tried many differant ways to remove that stupid shield from various control panel choices. It works. I can find no way around it at all.

    Is there a way to save this machine? Can I use my Administrator account to Administer? Any pointers would be appreciated.

  187. carl says:

    I have to delay the auto logon in XP   is it possible?

  188. JunT says:

    I unjoined a machine from AD because this message ("the group policy client service failed the logon") appeared when I try to login with a user I created.

    Unfortunately I was not able find help. I decided to rejoin it in the AD. I made sure I changed the local administrator password for me to use.

    After unjoining it I noticed the previous username who had the administrator right is the only available one. I could hit ctrl-alt-del in XP and change the username easily but not with Vista. It’s only here that I read that the default local admin account is disabled. Now I’m in deep trouble.

    I could no longer contact the previuos owner of the machine who owns the password.

    Is there a way to reset it even if it takes a removal of the hard disk and mount it in a different computer. What file/s do I need to modify?

    any help would be appreciated. -JunT

  189. Joebe1 says:

    I have a key in the registry under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftware that I am unable to delete.  I am trying to reinstall the software in question and it fails becaule of the locked registry key.  I have tried safer booting, booting to command line and using the REG.EXE /delete command.  No luck.  I turned off User Account Control and still can’t delete the key.  I always run regedit as administrator.  I am out of ideas.  It looks like possibly if I can log on the built in administrator account I might be able to remove the key and move on with my life.  Any help is greatly appreciated.

  190. tariqalardah says:

    please try to help me.

    I have an administrator account at windows vista home basic os, i face some problems in using administrative privileges.

    for example, i am trying to update real player 11 but i received a message says that i dont have needed administrative permissions!!!!!

  191. snowyowl says:

    umm i have a bit of a problem you see i think that my administrator file has corrupted – my password doesnt work soo i cant get in and the other accounts need that password to do most stuff can u help me with that also is it possible to make a new addministor account – or a new account with my other ordinary account-which is not  guests plz help ASAP 🙁  its urgent !!!

  192. snowyowl says:

    ooo and how do i know when you answer???

  193. windowsvistasecurity says:

    Snowyowl,

    Try searching for "reset administrator password" on Live.com. You will find a number of different methods. As far as knowing when your question is answered, you can subscribe to the RSS feed for this blog.

  194. Brad says:

    I lost admin privileges and now it asked for the QBDataServiceUser17 password, which of course QuickBooks swears they don’t know.

    Sat on support with Microsoft for 2 hours and the only solution they could up with was to reinstall everything.  

    The administrator account is disabled and can’t be re-enabled because Vista thinks QBDataServiceUser17 is a valid administrator!

  195. Wendy says:

    Hi, I’ve been searching so long for help and support and I don’t know were to find it, so I’m asking my question here and I hope somebody will be able to provide me with the apropriate councils

    I turned on the Guest account for users who don’t have permanent account on my computer, one day while a friend were using the Guest accound I needed to quickly take something on a USB port in my account, as it would take a long delay to switch to my account I’ve just took it by getting to the C: location. Of course I was prompted to enter my administrator password and I did so. Recently I turned of the Guest account as quickly as II was able to cause I constate that it was possible to acces my personal files without entering the administrator password again. Please somebody help I can’t continue like that this account is suppose to give no acces to others (personnal files). I tought the password would be required each time some one is trying to acces the pesonnal files but it seem like if you accessed them once you’ll be able to acces them for ever. PLease did somebody know how to prevent that

  196. Lori says:

    i know patrick commented a little while ago commented a little while ago but i just spent 5 hours trying to install my antivirus  software on my shiny new vista tricked out comp when on my old beautiful xp comp it took me 15 minutes. so im a little fired up right now. ok patrick, bill…microsoft coporation – i completely concur that i am a stupid pc user whod prolly just screw things up if i had complete unfettered admin control over my own comp.  But when in the process of protecting me from myself, im not even allowed to properly protect my computer i see a problem.  Im not a comp genius, but i can install some damn antivirus software and it pisses me of that i had to spend half a day to figure out that i had to enter some random words and slashes into a black box to create a whole other user to install antivirus software.  How the hell is the average person supposed to intuitvely know this stuff?  We aren’t smart!  Right??!!! We’re so stupid we apparently didn’t even know how much we really loved Vista until Microsoft started calling it Mojave! They better fix this because i was not doing anything spectaular, just trying install some symantec software and I bet there are other people like me who never open that command prompt box and were terrified and appalled to find that such drastic measures had to be taken to install some frickin antivirus software.

  197. tophjack@hotmail.com says:

    I have a dell inspiron 530 with windows vist home premium 32 bit and have been locked out on my Administrator accout and can not get back into it. I did not change the password. however my 12 year did know the passwod and i think she may have changed it without knowng what she was doing. Is there anyway I can regain access to it? or should I use the reistallation dvd? If so how do I do this since i have no access to the  admnistrator account? Please help!!

  198. Michele Senior says:

    I have a windows visa desktop and stopped using it for a few months and lent it to my brother as a guest account but when I got it back I tried to logon and it said my password was no good now I can’t logon and have been locked out of my account what do I do now?

    called compaq as it was a compaq machine and they said I could buy a recovery; disk but it would wipe all my photos and personal data.  

    Is there a way around?

  199. Ken says:

    I’ve a brand new vista machine and had it joined to a domain.

    The issue currently is that the Administrator a/c that I had created during the initial setup is locked out and the Built-in Administrator a/c is disabled.

    The domain user is under restrictions to install programs and to access computer management.

    What I would like to know if the domain user is able to enable the Built-in Administrator a/c without any problem.

    Thanks, I would appreciate if there’s any solution other than this.