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Cant change account to Administrator - Not Available

  1. #1


    Vista Advocate - Now Guest

    Cant change account to Administrator - Not Available

    Using Vista Home Premium and want to give myself Administrator privileges.
    When I choose to change my account type from Standard to Administrator, the
    "change account" box is greyed out.

    I am the only user of the machine and the only other account set up (don't
    know how) is an account called ASP.NET Machine Account.

    I want to control my system.



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  2. #2


    Ronnie Vernon MVP Guest

    Re: Cant change account to Administrator - Not Available

    When Vista is installed the first user account you set up is automatically
    given administrator privileges. What happened to this account? Did you
    demote this account to a Standard User?


    --

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User


    "Vista Advocate - Now" <[c_nulli@hotmail.com]> wrote in message
    news:uqKddejeHHA.1388@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Using Vista Home Premium and want to give myself Administrator privileges.
    > When I choose to change my account type from Standard to Administrator,
    > the "change account" box is greyed out.
    >
    > I am the only user of the machine and the only other account set up (don't
    > know how) is an account called ASP.NET Machine Account.
    >
    > I want to control my system.
    >
    >



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Vista Advocate - Now Guest

    Re: Cant change account to Administrator - Not Available


    "Ronnie Vernon MVP" <rv@invalid.org> wrote in message
    news:uothzakeHHA.3648@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > When Vista is installed the first user account you set up is automatically
    > given administrator privileges. What happened to this account? Did you
    > demote this account to a Standard User?


    I didn't do a thing. It says it's an administrator account when I see the
    icon in the User Accounts section of Control Panel, but when I open the
    "Change your account type," the "standard" button is selected. I select the
    "administrator" button, but the "change account type" selection box
    immediately greys out.

    All rather odd and not a little annoying.




    >
    >
    > --
    >
    > Ronnie Vernon
    > Microsoft MVP
    > Windows Shell/User
    >
    >
    > "Vista Advocate - Now" <[c_nulli@hotmail.com]> wrote in message
    > news:uqKddejeHHA.1388@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> Using Vista Home Premium and want to give myself Administrator
    >> privileges. When I choose to change my account type from Standard to
    >> Administrator, the "change account" box is greyed out.
    >>
    >> I am the only user of the machine and the only other account set up
    >> (don't know how) is an account called ASP.NET Machine Account.
    >>
    >> I want to control my system.
    >>
    >>

    >
    >



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    John H Guest

    Re: Cant change account to Administrator - Not Available

    I inadvertedly changed the "original"account to a standard user and now I'm
    locked out without any control or access. How can I get back to the original
    settings?

    "Ronnie Vernon MVP" wrote:

    > When Vista is installed the first user account you set up is automatically
    > given administrator privileges. What happened to this account? Did you
    > demote this account to a Standard User?
    >
    >
    > --
    >
    > Ronnie Vernon
    > Microsoft MVP
    > Windows Shell/User
    >
    >
    > "Vista Advocate - Now" <[c_nulli@hotmail.com]> wrote in message
    > news:uqKddejeHHA.1388@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > > Using Vista Home Premium and want to give myself Administrator privileges.
    > > When I choose to change my account type from Standard to Administrator,
    > > the "change account" box is greyed out.
    > >
    > > I am the only user of the machine and the only other account set up (don't
    > > know how) is an account called ASP.NET Machine Account.
    > >
    > > I want to control my system.
    > >
    > >

    >
    >


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    jimmuh Guest

    Re: Cant change account to Administrator - Not Available

    If you think about it what you are seeing makes sense. The account is already
    an administrator account. If you click a choice indicating that you wish to
    change the account type, the alternative is chosen automatically for you. If
    you select the Administrator type then the ability to change is grayed out
    because -- you are already and administrator.

    "Vista Advocate - Now" wrote:

    >
    > "Ronnie Vernon MVP" <rv@invalid.org> wrote in message
    > news:uothzakeHHA.3648@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > > When Vista is installed the first user account you set up is automatically
    > > given administrator privileges. What happened to this account? Did you
    > > demote this account to a Standard User?

    >
    > I didn't do a thing. It says it's an administrator account when I see the
    > icon in the User Accounts section of Control Panel, but when I open the
    > "Change your account type," the "standard" button is selected. I select the
    > "administrator" button, but the "change account type" selection box
    > immediately greys out.
    >
    > All rather odd and not a little annoying.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > >
    > >
    > > --
    > >
    > > Ronnie Vernon
    > > Microsoft MVP
    > > Windows Shell/User
    > >
    > >
    > > "Vista Advocate - Now" <[c_nulli@hotmail.com]> wrote in message
    > > news:uqKddejeHHA.1388@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > >> Using Vista Home Premium and want to give myself Administrator
    > >> privileges. When I choose to change my account type from Standard to
    > >> Administrator, the "change account" box is greyed out.
    > >>
    > >> I am the only user of the machine and the only other account set up
    > >> (don't know how) is an account called ASP.NET Machine Account.
    > >>
    > >> I want to control my system.
    > >>
    > >>

    > >
    > >

    >
    >


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    jimmuh Guest

    Re: Cant change account to Administrator - Not Available

    If you boot to Safe Mode (Hit F8 key repeatedly after restarting the system)
    are you able to log in as Administrator? If so, go into User Accounts in the
    Control Panel and change your personal account back to the Administrator type.

    "John H" wrote:

    > I inadvertedly changed the "original"account to a standard user and now I'm
    > locked out without any control or access. How can I get back to the original
    > settings?
    >
    > "Ronnie Vernon MVP" wrote:
    >
    > > When Vista is installed the first user account you set up is automatically
    > > given administrator privileges. What happened to this account? Did you
    > > demote this account to a Standard User?
    > >
    > >
    > > --
    > >
    > > Ronnie Vernon
    > > Microsoft MVP
    > > Windows Shell/User
    > >
    > >
    > > "Vista Advocate - Now" <[c_nulli@hotmail.com]> wrote in message
    > > news:uqKddejeHHA.1388@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > > > Using Vista Home Premium and want to give myself Administrator privileges.
    > > > When I choose to change my account type from Standard to Administrator,
    > > > the "change account" box is greyed out.
    > > >
    > > > I am the only user of the machine and the only other account set up (don't
    > > > know how) is an account called ASP.NET Machine Account.
    > > >
    > > > I want to control my system.
    > > >
    > > >

    > >
    > >


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    John H Guest

    Re: Cant change account to Administrator - Not Available

    Many thanks for this and in fact I managed to get the problem resolved using
    this approach afetr scouring several different threads.



    "jimmuh" wrote:

    > If you boot to Safe Mode (Hit F8 key repeatedly after restarting the system)
    > are you able to log in as Administrator? If so, go into User Accounts in the
    > Control Panel and change your personal account back to the Administrator type.
    >
    > "John H" wrote:
    >
    > > I inadvertedly changed the "original"account to a standard user and now I'm
    > > locked out without any control or access. How can I get back to the original
    > > settings?
    > >
    > > "Ronnie Vernon MVP" wrote:
    > >
    > > > When Vista is installed the first user account you set up is automatically
    > > > given administrator privileges. What happened to this account? Did you
    > > > demote this account to a Standard User?
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > >
    > > > Ronnie Vernon
    > > > Microsoft MVP
    > > > Windows Shell/User
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > "Vista Advocate - Now" <[c_nulli@hotmail.com]> wrote in message
    > > > news:uqKddejeHHA.1388@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > > > > Using Vista Home Premium and want to give myself Administrator privileges.
    > > > > When I choose to change my account type from Standard to Administrator,
    > > > > the "change account" box is greyed out.
    > > > >
    > > > > I am the only user of the machine and the only other account set up (don't
    > > > > know how) is an account called ASP.NET Machine Account.
    > > > >
    > > > > I want to control my system.
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > >
    > > >


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    jimmuh Guest

    Re: Cant change account to Administrator - Not Available

    I'm happy to hear that you got things straightened out.

    "John H" wrote:

    > Many thanks for this and in fact I managed to get the problem resolved using
    > this approach afetr scouring several different threads.
    >
    >
    >
    > "jimmuh" wrote:
    >
    > > If you boot to Safe Mode (Hit F8 key repeatedly after restarting the system)
    > > are you able to log in as Administrator? If so, go into User Accounts in the
    > > Control Panel and change your personal account back to the Administrator type.
    > >
    > > "John H" wrote:
    > >
    > > > I inadvertedly changed the "original"account to a standard user and now I'm
    > > > locked out without any control or access. How can I get back to the original
    > > > settings?
    > > >
    > > > "Ronnie Vernon MVP" wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > When Vista is installed the first user account you set up is automatically
    > > > > given administrator privileges. What happened to this account? Did you
    > > > > demote this account to a Standard User?
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > --
    > > > >
    > > > > Ronnie Vernon
    > > > > Microsoft MVP
    > > > > Windows Shell/User
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > > "Vista Advocate - Now" <[c_nulli@hotmail.com]> wrote in message
    > > > > news:uqKddejeHHA.1388@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > > > > > Using Vista Home Premium and want to give myself Administrator privileges.
    > > > > > When I choose to change my account type from Standard to Administrator,
    > > > > > the "change account" box is greyed out.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > I am the only user of the machine and the only other account set up (don't
    > > > > > know how) is an account called ASP.NET Machine Account.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > I want to control my system.
    > > > > >
    > > > > >
    > > > >
    > > > >


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    David Hankinson Guest

    Re: Cant change account to Administrator - Not Available



    "jimmuh" wrote:

    > If you boot to Safe Mode (Hit F8 key repeatedly after restarting the system)
    > are you able to log in as Administrator? If so, go into User Accounts in the
    > Control Panel and change your personal account back to the Administrator type.
    >


    I have myself set up as the Administrator but there are still some things
    you cannot do even if you are the Administrator. Some things still require
    you to be logged in as the Administrator. However, my Administrator Account
    is not activated. I know there's a configuration file somewhere where I can
    activate the Administrator but I can't remember what it is. Once activated,
    I can log on either as myself, the Administrator, or as the computer
    Administrator. Any idea what the configuration file is? It's not MSCONFIG,
    but........


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  10. #10


    Ronnie Vernon MVP Guest

    Re: Cant change account to Administrator - Not Available

    "David Hankinson" <DavidHankinson@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    message news:8247D1CF-279B-4D6A-AB21-8DAD823EB3C9@microsoft.com...
    >
    >
    > "jimmuh" wrote:
    >
    >> If you boot to Safe Mode (Hit F8 key repeatedly after restarting the
    >> system)
    >> are you able to log in as Administrator? If so, go into User Accounts in
    >> the
    >> Control Panel and change your personal account back to the Administrator
    >> type.
    >>

    >
    > I have myself set up as the Administrator but there are still some things
    > you cannot do even if you are the Administrator. Some things still
    > require
    > you to be logged in as the Administrator. However, my Administrator
    > Account
    > is not activated. I know there's a configuration file somewhere where I
    > can
    > activate the Administrator but I can't remember what it is. Once
    > activated,
    > I can log on either as myself, the Administrator, or as the computer
    > Administrator. Any idea what the configuration file is? It's not
    > MSCONFIG,
    > but........
    >


    David

    The only difference between the built-in administrator account and a
    standard administrator account is that the built-in account does not get a
    prompt to elevate for a procedure that requires admin privileges, this
    elevation is automatic.

    You should not need to use the built-in account, a normal admin account is
    just as powerful, you just need to give permission for a procedure that
    requires elevation. It's best to leave the built-in admin account hidden,
    this is the safety net that you may need someday.


    --

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User





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