Windows 10: Administrative account disabled

  1.    30 Jul 2015 #1

    Administrative account disabled

    I just upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and wanted to get rid of the login screen password and turn off UAC because I find both of them annoying. After I tried to disable the main user password, it basically removed all permissions from my profile and I couldn't access anything that was UAC related despite it being turned off.

    So I tried turning on the administrator account to fix this but when I did that I was unable to access my main user account at all (it didn't show up on the login screen, nothing).

    My next thought was to turn off the admin account to gain access back on my main account (the one that still has all my windows 7 files), so I did that, and I was greeted with the screenshot below of my administrator account being locked. Every time I hit OK on that menu, it just returns to that screen. No keypress combinations seem to work except win+p to change screen settings.

    I've followed a few online steps but nothing works. I'm using an SSD and it seems like every time I try to access safe mode Windows 10 just completely ignores it all together (I'm guessing it's going to fast for the f8 press to matter?).

    I don't want to have to reformat because I have a lot of data on that SSD that I can't get rid of. Any help would be appreciated.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       30 Jul 2015 #2

    Hello Parrothead, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    You might see if you may be able to use OPTION FOUR in the tutorial below to enable your built-in Administrator account again. :)
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  3.    30 Jul 2015 #3

    I looked at that method and there's a problem for me. I installed Windows 10 without a disc and I do not have a USB stick with ~20gb, so it seems I can't do step 1 of option 4. Are there other possible methods to explore ?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       30 Jul 2015 #4

    If you like, you could pick up a cheap 4GB usb flash drive to use to create a bootable Windows 10 USB on another PC to use on your PC.
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  5.    30 Jul 2015 #5

    Alright I have access to the computer again under the Administration account (thanks :)). My next problem is getting back into my own account (the one that migrated from Windows 7). At the moment, I only see the administrator account on the login screen (after I've completely logged out). I can't edit the account either, but my main one shows up under User Profiles (screenshot below). I was able to access it before this whole mess, so I know it exists.

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  6. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       30 Jul 2015 #6

    Now that you have access, you might see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this happened may be able to sort it.

    System Restore Windows 10
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  7.    30 Jul 2015 #7

    Unfortunately it seems it wasn't saving any system restores at all, so I don't have that option.
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       31 Jul 2015 #8

    If you're able to back up your files and data now that you have access, you might consider refreshing Windows.
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