Windows 10: By-passing administrator sign in.

  1.    1 Week Ago #1

    By-passing administrator sign in.


    My HP p7-1003w desk top (running Windows 10 Home) suddenly started asking for administrator sign in when I want to add something to the system, whereas it never had before. After several attempts at trying to guess what my PW might be (I really don't think I ever set one up) the User Acct Control window that opens when you want to allow an app to make changes to your device now has only one option, "No," whereas in my earlier guessing attempts it had yes and no as options. Thinking that this might have been all brought on by an automatic Windows update or something, I tried to do a rollback, but I'm stymied there too because to do that I need to sign in as the admin. Is there a way in Windows 10 to get this acct control window back to its previous state with at least the "yes no" options, or, better yet, just by-pass the administrator acct sign in altogether? I'm the only owner and user of this machine. Why should I have to sign in as the administrator? Very frustrating.
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    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       1 Week Ago #2

    Rick1964 said: View Post
    the User Acct Control window that opens when you want to allow an app to make changes to your device now has only one option, "No,"
    That is a VERY bad sign. It means that there are NO administrator accounts on this PC any more. This can happen if a user demotes their one and only account from an administrator to a standard user for 'safety' when browsing. The problem is that you need at least one administrator account, else you can't administer the PC properly.

    See @Try3's thread here for a solution...

    If the Admin prompt has a greyed out or missing Yes button ...
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  3.    1 Week Ago #3

    Thanks for the possible solution. Looks kind of involved. We I get enough time I may try that.

    Rick
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  4. Posts : 7,048
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       1 Week Ago #4

    Rick1964 said: View Post
    Thanks for the possible solution. Looks kind of involved. We I get enough time I may try that.
    You need an administrator to be able to use the PC properly. It doesn't necessarily have to be you own account, a separate local administrator account is sufficient to put the YES option back into the UAC prompt.

    The alternative method is to temporarily enable the built-in Administrator account then use that to promote your own account back to an administrator or make a local administrator account. But without any administrator account that's even more involved, You have to use Option Five in this tutorial.

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10

    Try3's method is the 'simpler' one.
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  5. Posts : 590
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       1 Week Ago #5

    The updated article is at If the Admin prompt has a greyed out or missing Yes button ... [Windows 10 Tutorials submissions]

    The updated version is clearer & takes account of feedback received from others.

    I do not think you started out with the problem that this article covers but you seem to have caught that problem after your repeated attempts at password guessing. I think the article will help you but I am convinced there is something else going on.
    - What else did you do apart from guess passwords?
    - You are not running in the Admin account created when you first turned this computer on. What has been done to that account?
    - What accounts are identified in Settings, Accounts {all sections of it} and which are Admin accounts?

    Denis
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  6.    1 Week Ago #6

    As far as I know, I did nothing other than guess at possible PWs, but I have to admit, I'm not very tech savvy at these things, so I could have inadvertently pushed a wrong button somewhere. Under Settings > Accounts, the only acct I see is a local acct, no admin accts in any sections of the Accounts settings. I'm expecting a new Windows version notification on this computer at any time now. Would that somehow reinstate the admin option?
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  7. Posts : 590
    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86
       1 Week Ago #7

    Rick,

    The problem you are now experiencing is because a user profile has become corrupt or has been inadvertently demoted to be a "standard user account" rather than an "admin user account".
    - The procedure I posted the updated link for [above] will guide you through fixing the problem.
    - After completing the procedure, you might find that you can promote the existing account back to being an admin account but that implies that you did indeed inadvertently demote it to being a standard account. The procedure does contain some advice about this.

    By the way, the relevant distinction is between "admin" & "standard" not "local" & "MSAccount-linked".
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    - Your account ought to be an admin local account but now seems to be a standard local account.

    Installing new Windows versions does not affect user accounts so will not help you.

    Denis
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