Windows 10: Locked and hidden administrator.

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       20 Feb 2016 #11

    Thanks for the info. I have not tried option 4 above because my Windows 10 was a free upgrade from Windows 8.1 (and that came with the laptop installed) and I had no copy with which to attempt this option. But even as I type this I am downloading Win 10 so hopefully this problem will soon be resolved.

    Thanks again for all of your help.
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       21 Feb 2016 #12

    DocBones said: View Post
    Thanks for the info. I have not tried option 4 above because my Windows 10 was a free upgrade from Windows 8.1 (and that came with the laptop installed) and I had no copy with which to attempt this option. But even as I type this I am downloading Win 10 so hopefully this problem will soon be resolved.

    Thanks again for all of your help.
    22 Feb 2016
    I have tried option 4 above - No Go. When I click on the ''MediaCreation Tool'' I get a ''To continue, type the administrator password, and then click Yes.'' But there is no place for such a password and the Yes button is not active. I have also tried the latest release of Rufus. Same result. Linux is looking very good, right about now. Do you have any other suggestions for me, other than a clean install?
    Thanks for all of your efforts.
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       22 Feb 2016 #13

    I don't follow, once you have downloaded W10 via the Tech Bench you have bootable media and you do not need the media creation tool to use option 4 of the original tutorial.
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       22 Feb 2016 #14

    Oh. I didn't realize.


    philc43 said: View Post
    I don't follow, once you have downloaded W10 via the Tech Bench you have bootable media and you do not need the media creation tool to use option 4 of the original tutorial.
    Oh. I didn't realize. I will try it first thing tomorrow morning (9 hours from now) and I'll get back to you.

    Thanks.
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       22 Feb 2016 #15

    DocBones said: View Post
    Oh. I didn't realize. I will try it first thing tomorrow morning (9 hours from now) and I'll get back to you.

    Thanks.
    Ok. I got it, finally. It seems to have worked just fine. It unlocked the dialog box that usually tells me ''To continue, type the administrator password, and then click Yes.'' But now the boxes are open for user name and password and the Yes button is active. That's a great relief. However, I cannot remember either my user name or password. Are there any other pages hidden off from common user exploring that might reveal such information? Or can new ones be made and accepted?
    Very many thanks.
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       23 Feb 2016 #16

    Great news, hopefully your built in Admin account is now active. The user name will be Administrator and the password will be empty, just hit the enter key, unless you set up a password in an earlier operation.

    Once there you can make the changes to your other account and set that as an administrator, add any other accounts you want etc. Once you are done you should log out of the built in Admin account and sign in with your usual account. You should then disable the built-in Admin account.
    Last edited by philc43; 23 Feb 2016 at 07:32.
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       23 Feb 2016 #17

    philc43 said: View Post
    Great news, your built in Admin account is now active. The user name will be Administrator and the password will be empty, just hit the enter key, unless you set up a password in an earlier operation.

    Once there you can make the changes to your other account and set that as an administrator, add any other accounts you want etc. Once you are done you should log out of the built in Admin account and sign in with your usual account. You should then disable the built-in Admin account.
    I now have three pages of passwords stored on my 2 year old laptop for my various apps but Nowhere can I recall needing a password for Windows. Nor does one appear on these 3 pages. Both 'Administrator' and 'Harvey' seem to work as User (on a hunch I put in a random name of 'Beth' as a user and that worked too. Seems any name could be a user), but leaving the password space blank also does not work. It requires a password. However, no password on my 3 page list nor in my memory seems to work.
    Any suggestions? And thanks.
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       23 Feb 2016 #18

    Well, if you seem to be completely locked out of your laptop and have not been able to login into the Administrator account you have no option but to do a clean install.
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       23 Feb 2016 #19

    OK


    philc43 said: View Post
    Well, if you seem to be completely locked out of your laptop and have not been able to login into the Administrator account you have no option but to do a clean install.
    Well, ok. That's what I was afraid of. Thanks for all of your help. I learned a lot.
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