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  1.    23 Jan 2016 #1

    Administrator account - incomplete activation

    I tried to activate my Administrator account on a Win 10 HP Envy 700-414.
    I did this because I thought it would help me delete some folders/files from a local network external hard drive.
    These file were created by a Vista machine that I no longer have. I get access denied when I try to delete them. I can not change the owner or the permissions on properties > security
    The attempt to activate the Administrator account went horribly bad.
    It was partially created with only the recycle bin on the desktop. I had to do Ctrl Alt Delete to get back to my regular account. I did not capture the error messages - my mistake - and I can't find them in event Viewer. I don't know what log to search.
    Activation was by dos cmd :
    Net User Administrator/active:yes
    Since it was bad I followed with:
    Net User Administrator/active:no
    The administrator account was not completely deactivated.
    Is there a way that I can undo the mess that I made and get the administrator activated correctly?
    Frank C
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  2. philc43's Avatar
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1809 Build 17763.55 and W10 Insider Build 18262
       25 Jan 2016 #2

    Hello Frank,

    I'm not sure if you have already read through this tutorial but if not, it will give you a number of alternative ways of activating and deactivating the Admin account. Hopefully one of these other methods will work.
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  3.    28 Jan 2016 #3

    Thanks Philc43,
    I found the missing message by trying to use ADMINISTRATOR again. The desktop is blank except for Trash.:
    It is "the system cannot find the file specified" :
    Looking at that location it is NOT there.
    Is there a way to recover the missing file?
    Frank C
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  4. philc43's Avatar
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1809 Build 17763.55 and W10 Insider Build 18262
       28 Jan 2016 #4

    DId you try the other options for deleting and creating the Administrator account in the tutorial I showed you in post #2? If you have the Home version then Option 4 in the tutorial is the only other way you can try, if you have the Pro version, options 2,3 or 4 will work.

    If there are system files missing it is worth running the sfc /scannow command in an elevated command prompt.

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  5.    28 Jan 2016 #5

    I know it's a little bit late to ask - but why did you feel the need to activate the built-in administrator account? Don't you already have an account set as administrator on the computer? You have to, because, to my knowledge, only an administrator can activate the built-in administrator account unless booted into safe mode where the built-in administrator account will be activated automatically if there is no other account set as administrator on the computer.

    The built-in administrator account named administrator has no extra powers or privileges that a user account set as administrator does not have.
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  6.    28 Jan 2016 #6

    Thanks philc43,
    I have home version. I did get Administrator working by copying C:\Users\Default\Desktop to

    I still could not RMDIR /S the "bad" files and folders from the EXTERNALDRIVE. I get access denied.
    I thought that the administrator account bypassed file/folder access checks.

    I tried safe boot with CMD prompt on Administrator account. I get Device attached to the system is not functioning.
    Maybe I need both CMD prompt and networking in safe mode.

    I did think the Administrator account would bypass file/folder access checks. Yes my regular account has administrator privileges.
    As I said initially "I did this because I thought it would help me delete some folders/files from a local network external hard drive.
    These file were created by a Vista machine that I no longer have. I get access denied when I try to delete them.
    I can not change the owner or the permissions on properties > security"

    Frank C
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    28 Jan 2016 #7

    If it is an external drive, can you connect it directly to the computer instead of over the network? What device are these files physically located on?
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  8.    29 Jan 2016 #8

    I am spinning my wheels in sand.
    I tried the Administrator account in safe mode with network access. I used the RMDIR /S cmd against the problem files and folders.
    I still get access denied.
    I did this after I applied Brink's change to disable UAC for Built-in Administrator Account:
    UAC - Enable or Disable for Built-in Administrator Account

    Then I tried to change the top level owner in the hierarchy of the folders that I am trying to delete.
    I got "The program cannot open the required dialog box because it cannot determine whether the computer named EXTERNALDRIVE
    is joined to a domain. The EXTERNALDRIVE is a Western Digital My Book World 2 TB on a local network.
    To the best of my knowledge none of my devices are on a domain. I can't even find my domain if it exists.
    Frank C
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    29 Jan 2016 #9

    Usually on a NAS there are two levels of permissions. There are permissions set for network access - and those can be set for individual folders. Then there might be file level permissions just like the file was on a local computer. So - are the network access permissions set to allow your account through? That would be set using the NAS software, not Windows.

    Also, does the NAS have a web access feature? Can you access the files/folders through a web browser?
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  10.    30 Jan 2016 #10

    Yes, I can login to this is the IP for the Western digital My Book.
    The login allows access to all of the controls for My Book.
    I don't think that it allows access to files/folders. I will in investigate that further. There may be some setting in MY Book that causes Windows 10 to see it as a domain device. It is only on a local network. Perhaps workgroup membership is the problem.
    Thanks for all of your help.
    Frank C
      My ComputerSystem Spec

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