1. Joined : Oct 2016
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    Windows 10
       10 Oct 2016 #1

    Locked out of Administrator, "file does not have a program associated"


    I was attempting to change the User administrator name so that it reflected a new windows explorer file path. When my SO set up the machine, she set the user name as "Mike & Steph". Well, this is now in the file path for all of our files and I work with software where no special characters or spaces can be in the file path.


    As I tried to change it, I found a forum that said to create a new local user, set it as the administrator, and delete the old one. I was wary of deleting the old one, so I created a new local user, made it the Administrator, then restarted the machine. Now I am unable to sign in as the new Admin user, when I try to I get an error message and kicked back to the Windows start-up/sign-in menu.


    I am unable to sign in as the administrator at all, or change the Admin rights back to the old user.


    When I try to sign into the Command Prompt (Admin), it prompts me to enter the Admin password. I do, and I get the error:


    "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel."


    I am not even able to system restore, as I cannot sign in as Administrator. How can I fix this so that I can just go back to the "Mike & Steph" original user as the Administrator?


    Any help would be much appreciated. I am very worried I have to restore the whole system.


    Thank you!
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  2. Joined : Aug 2016
    S/E England
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       10 Oct 2016 #2

    It gets confusing if you ask the same question on two boards. I've answered on your other post...
    Unable to sign in as System Administrator, "no program associated..."
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