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    Windows10 Home Build 19043
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    Thanks Brink for swift reply. No unfortunately W10 is rejecting the password I thought I knew for the only admin account. It was a standard but I changed it to admin . I was certain ( !) I knew the password which was very simple. W10 is now forcing me to open LAPTOP with the newly created account that for some mysterious reason replaced my Microsoft User Account with a Local Std. The new one was supposed to be a spare making it possible to avoid this sort of mess. I will have to clean install I know but meantime I cld do with the admin one working.

    I am stymied at present as I cannot even use cmd with elevated privileges. The only hope is to get into the built in administrator isn`t it ?
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    PostmanPuzzled said:
    Thanks Brink for swift reply. No unfortunately W10 is rejecting the password I thought I knew for the only admin account. It was a standard but I changed it to admin . I was certain ( !) I knew the password which was very simple. W10 is now forcing me to open LAPTOP with the newly created account that for some mysterious reason replaced my Microsoft User Account with a Local Std. The new one was supposed to be a spare making it possible to avoid this sort of mess. I will have to clean install I know but meantime I cld do with the admin one working.

    I am stymied at present as I cannot even use cmd with elevated privileges. The only hope is to get into the built in administrator isn`t it ?
    If you haven't already, you might see if you may be able to use option 5 below to enable the built-in Administrator account in a command prompt at boot.

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10

    This will at least get you signed in to an administrator account.
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  3. Posts : 137
    Windows10 Home Build 19043
       #142

    I find I have an HP Recovery Partition on an external hard drive which I can access. Can I boot from that ? If so can you direct me to directions for a dummy as I don`t want to mess it up in case I can only try it once.
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    PostmanPuzzled said:
    I find I have an HP Recovery Partition on an external hard drive which I can access. Can I boot from that ? If so can you direct me to directions for a dummy as I don`t want to mess it up in case I can only try it once.
    That partition would allow you to do a factory recovery.

    If you have a Windows 10 installation USB, you could boot from it like in step 1 of option 5 to get started to enable the built-in Administrator.
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  5. Posts : 137
    Windows10 Home Build 19043
       #144

    Unfortunately I could not find a Windows 10 Installation USB or disc though he was using W 10 on his old desktop I am pretty sure. My husband bought the laptop when he was already quite ill and I think it came with Windows 10 already installed.
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    PostmanPuzzled said:
    Unfortunately I could not find a Windows 10 Installation USB or disc though he was using W 10 on his old desktop I am pretty sure. My husband bought the laptop when he was already quite ill and I think it came with Windows 10 already installed.
    If needed, you could create a bootable Windows 10 installation USB on any computer to use on it.

    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #146

    What is the status of the computer now?

    When it is booted what do you see?

    Is the main problem the password?

    What are the other problems?

    Are there important files that need to be saved or are they already backed up?
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  8. Posts : 137
    Windows10 Home Build 19043
       #147

    Thankyou Zbook. I am going to try Brink`s suggestion of creating a bootable USB Drive first. Then I will try to explain the status quo. Probably in the morning as I am getting pretty fagged !
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
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  10. Posts : 137
    Windows10 Home Build 19043
       #149

    I cannot create a bootable flash drive because I cannot use the Media Creation Tool - it requires the admin password. I managed to save it to the desktop but cannot run it as it needs admin privileges. I cannot get past this. And I cannot create new User Accounts for the same reason.

    I had better go to bed as I am getting so that I can`t see the wood for the trees..... Anyone got any more ideas I will be happy to try them but I fear I amd wasting everyone`s time and clean install is the only way forward.
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