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Win8Frustrations
04-03-2015, 04:00 PM
- I have a laptop with Windows 8.1
- It is setup with only a single Local Account
- I can't perform any tasks requiring Admin access
- I can't change my Account type to Admin
- I can't create a new Admin Account
- I've read about using the "Command Prompt (Admin)" to run "lusrmgr.msc" - that still only displays the Local Account (there is not an Admin Account to enable). I've read that only works in Pro/Enterprise Win 8....???

Any advice, pointers, tips & tricks, etc. will be hugely appreciated.

badrobot
04-03-2015, 05:18 PM
- I have a laptop with Windows 8.1
- It is setup with only a single Local Account
- I can't perform any tasks requiring Admin access
- I can't change my Account type to Admin
- I can't create a new Admin Account
- I've read about using the "Command Prompt (Admin)" to run "lusrmgr.msc" - that still only displays the Local Account (there is not an Admin Account to enable). I've read that only works in Pro/Enterprise Win 8....???

Any advice, pointers, tips & tricks, etc. will be hugely appreciated.

If you need to open a program as "admin", just right click the program and select "Run as Administrator"'

If you need to run an elevated command or "Command Prompt (Admin)", you can easily create a new shortcut for this:


-Right-click anywhere on the desktop > New > Shortcut.
-In text box, type "cmd" then hit "Next".
-Name it Elevated (so you know you've applied admin privileges).
-Finish.
-Now right-click this shortcut > Properties > Shortcut > Advanced - check on "Run as Administrator"
-click OK.
-Done.

Cheers!

Win8Frustrations
04-03-2015, 06:21 PM
Hey badrobot - Thanks for the info. I tried that and when I tried to open/run the shortcut it prompted me for my password - which was my local account password and wouldn't allow me do anything (other than stare at the screen wondering what to do - haha). I have the shortcut set-up but as soon as I click on it - I'm prompted for an Admin password.... Any other advice that might help...?

badrobot
04-03-2015, 06:38 PM
Hey badrobot - Thanks for the info. I tried that and when I tried to open/run the shortcut it prompted me for my password - which was my local account password and wouldn't allow me do anything (other than stare at the screen wondering what to do - haha). I have the shortcut set-up but as soon as I click on it - I'm prompted for an Admin password.... Any other advice that might help...?
If it asks you for the admin password, then type in your admin password. No one can help you with your password but yourself. In any forums, it is not allowed to help someone regarding passwords. If you own that PC and you can't remember your password, backup your data and just do a system recovery and start over.Write down your passwords.

Have a good one.

Win8Frustrations
04-04-2015, 03:48 AM
Really........?!?!

Actually it`s my young daughter`s PC. She has her pwds written down (as do I for my PC). Remembering the pwd is not the issue I described. Thanks anyway - I`ll move on.....

TechnoMage
04-04-2015, 05:49 AM
To date, I've probably installed Microsoft OS's from Windows 7 on up, over a hundred times, and every time, during the initial setup, I first install "The Classic Shell", so I can boot up directly to my desktop, and then I install "Grant Admin Full Control" which will allow me, from a Right Click context menu, to become the OWNER of any file or folder in the PC, except the Root Directory. Download it here:
Grant Admin Full Control Download - Softpedia (http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/File-Management/Grant-Admin-Full-Control.shtml)

What is the purpose of having a password on a child's PC? Typically, home computers don't need passwords.
Even though, as Badrobot has said, we don't tell people how to circumvent passwords, you as the owner/user of the PC can just remove the Windows passwords on your own PC. I regularly take passwords off of customer's PC's, because older users have a bad habit of forgetting things like passwords.
I also remove superfluous (unnecessary) user accounts. Keep your PC as simple as possible !!!

Passwords are actually so easily removed by knowledgeable people (Technicians) that they are almost worthless as a security device. They are More trouble than they are worth. (personal opinion)

Good Luck!
TechnoMage :cool:

Drew
04-07-2015, 11:06 PM
Hi.

1st, I believe, even, a Local Account can be Admin or Standard, especially if the primary account/user in the machine.

Nor, IMO, need one feel using a MS Acc't is a bad thing.

As for running any machine on the net w/out a P/W, absolutely not.

It is possible to have the machine P/W protected but, not have it ask for the P/W to be entered @ each startup.

Lastly, depending on where the UAC is set, can, still, get the prompt for elevated privileges when needed and even when the Administrator.

Not sure this ^ is any help to you but, there you have some thoughts, anyway.

Cheers,
Drew
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