How to find and use, when needed, the hidden administrator account built into all versions of Windows.
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Using Windows’ built-in admin account
Shahid Khan accidently lost administrator privileges on his Win7 system, severely limiting his ability to manage his PC.
- “When I installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 Pro on my laptop, I erroneously deleted the administrative privileges of my sign-in account.
“Now, I can’t install/uninstall programs or perform actions that require admin-level rights. I am unable to perform any administrative tasks.
“How can I restore my account to administrator?
All versions of Windows have a built-in, hidden administrator account that’s meant just for situations like yours.
In XP, Vista, and Win7, you can usually access that special account by booting into Safe Mode (more info: MS support article “Start your computer in safe mode”). When Windows boots, the Administrator account icon should appear on the sign-in screen.