How to switch to Administrator in new install

  1. Posts : 39
    windows 10

    How to switch to Administrator in new install

    I've just reinstalled windows 10, signed in with my microsoft account but it seems I'm not an administrator.
    When I try to install anything I'm asked for an admin password (which I guessed is the same as my microsoft account).
    Apparently not.
    So how to I sign in as administrator?
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  2. Posts : 39
    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Since I can't sign in or switch to an admin account I can now do nothing. It keeps asking me for a password and then doesn't recognize it.
    Can't open cmd prompt or change anything.
    Worryingly there is an account picture displayed which I didn't set up.
    I can't even get to the cd drive to reinstall.
    All in all I'm buggered or hacked or something.
    Any suggestions appreciated
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  3. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Set the bios/UEFI to boot from the Windows 10 installation media - USB flash drive or DVD. Boot from the USB flash drive or DVD and you can reinstall Windows 10. For the first user account created, I recommend a local account (when asked for a username, click "skip" or "do this later" or whatever option lets you skip that screen until you get to the last one that asks for a Username, Password, Repeat Password, and password hint). That account will be created as an administrator. Then you can convert that account to a MS Account login, if you want.

    In order to get to the point where you can enter the bios/UEFI boot menu, you might have to just hold down the power key when Windows is started up to force a hard power off.
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  4. Posts : 39
    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Mmm... Not a good start: 'Windows setup could not reinialize the deployment engine.To install Windows, restart the installation'. Trying a repair... Resetting this PC...
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  5. Posts : 39
    windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Phew! I think I now have a clean working Admin machine. Thanks.
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