Administrator Account Problem

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  1. Posts : 365
    Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
       #1

    Administrator Account Problem


    I have inadvertently switched from my Administrator Account, to a Standard Account........and now can't change back again, tried all the usual tricks, netplwiz, cmd, and so on, but they are all greyed out.......HELP !!
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  2. Posts : 31,904
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #2

    Del 80 said:
    I have inadvertently switched from my Administrator Account, to a Standard Account........and now can't change back again, tried all the usual tricks, netplwiz, cmd, and so on, but they are all greyed out.......HELP !!
    An easy mistake to make, and you aren't the first to make it. @Try3 has written a tutorial to help get you back to normal.

    Fix UAC prompt has grayed out or missing Yes button in Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 17,015
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #3

    Del 80 said:
    I have inadvertently switched from my Administrator Account, to a Standard Account.
    Do you know how this happened?
    What other Admin/Std user accounts do you have?

    Denis
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  4. Posts : 365
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    Thread Starter
       #4

    Just the admin account, and been using a local account......Just going to try a system restore.........
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  5. Posts : 17,015
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #5

    The link Bree posted
    Fix UAC prompt has greyed out or missing Yes button - TenForumsTutorials
    is indeed what you need
    I chose its name because that's the symptom most people first notice and first post about.

    I was interested in how you got into this position in case there is some other problem that needs to be addressed as well.

    If you have a recent system image made before the problem started then restoring that is a viable remedy for the problem.

    But I don't know if a 'System restore' addresses user account status. I've never seen anybody comment one way or the other.

    Denis
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  6. Posts : 31,904
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #6

    Try3 said:
    I was interested in how you got into this position in case there is some other problem that needs to be addressed as well.

    If you have a recent system image made before the problem started then restoring that is a viable remedy for the problem.

    But I don't know if a 'System restore' addresses user account status. I've never seen anybody comment one way or the other.
    Interesting question. I have just tested this in a VM. I created a restore point then changed all my admin user accounts to standard users. It turns out to be (far too) easy to change the account you are signed in with to a standard user if you use netplwiz.

    The next problem was that a standard user cannot run system restore. I had to run it at boot in Advanced Startup. Interestingly, you need to choose an admin account to run system restore at boot. It offered me the built in Administrator account to use, even though it was not enabled for signing in. But yes, a Restore Point will restore the status of the user accounts and switched my user account back to being an administrator.

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  7. Posts : 365
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    Thread Starter
       #7

    Mmmhhh......so System Restore is NOT an option......I might just do a re-install..........
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  8. Posts : 31,904
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #8

    Del 80 said:
    Mmmhhh......so System Restore is NOT an option......I might just do a re-install..........
    It IS an option if you have a restore point from before the change. I tested that and confirmed that it works in post #6.
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  9. Posts : 365
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    Thread Starter
       #9

    Ah, o.k thanks.....I couldn't get it to work.....so re-install under way.........
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  10. Posts : 17,015
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #10

    Del 80 said:
    Ah, o.k thanks.....I couldn't get it to work.....so re-install under way.........
    Del,

    But you didn't need to re-install because you couldn't get the System restore method to work.
    Bree's experiment just provided an extra potential recovery method.
    My method does not rely on System restore and it would have worked.

    Try3 said:
    ...
    Fix UAC prompt has greyed out or missing Yes button - TenForumsTutorials
    is indeed what you need
    I chose its name because that's the symptom most people first notice and first post about.
    Denis

    @Bree - I'll add in a suggestion to try System restore in my tutorial. Denis
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