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net user administrator /active:yes but account doesn't show


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#1 HairCut

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 04:03 PM

In elevated command prompt Windows 8.1:

net user administrator /active:yes

but account doesn't show

 

Hi all,

 

Why does the Administrator account not show up on rebooting the computer and how can I make it appear?

 

thanks

 



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 04:26 PM

That should have worked. Did you type CMD in the search box or Command? CMD is for 32bit commands and Command is for 16bit. Type CMD in the search box Run As Administrator and try the command again. Then Reboot

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 04:35 PM

I tried it a number of ways. From cmd run as administrator

from the recovery options on system boot (it's an HP laptop, command box is found after clicking through a couple of options)

and from Windows key and X choosing Command prompt (Admin) from the list.



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 05:07 PM

The command

 

net user

 

Should show all users on the Computer including Administrator.

 

net user administrator

 

should show the status of the Administrator account and if it is active

 

If you really need the Administrator account, you can use this utility to activate it. If this does not work, I am not sure what would be the problem. Here is a guide on enabling the account. It does not link to the latest version. I would download the latest version. cd140201.zip

 

DANGER WILL ROBINSON!
If password is reset on users that have EFS encrypted files, and the system is XP or newer, all encrypted files for that user will be UNREADABLE! and cannot be recovered unless you remember the old password again
If you don't know if you have encrypted files or not, you most likely don't have them. (except maybe on corporate systems)

 

 



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 05:37 PM

net user administrator:

 

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and yet it doesn't show up on reboot :scratchhead: 



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Posted 28 June 2014 - 06:10 PM

That's definitely a head scratcher. Not sure why it's not showing up. There was a poster who used the net user administrator active command on XP and it still did not show up until he used the utility I linked to. If you have not tried the utility to enable the account see if that works. It changes the registry as detailed here.



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Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:51 AM

Got it. It does appear if I click on the back arrow on the first screen after the splash screen. Thanks for your help. I'll need to test it out a little but I think this is what can be recommended to the poster who is locked out of their Windows 8.1 account with forgotten password after update. You are welcome to do the honours.






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