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Lost ALL admin rights to windows 7 home premium. What else can I do?

Ive spent hour upon hours trying to gain admin rights. This is what ive done already so far. 1st, i cannot edit reigstry, since i dont have the rights. 2nd, cannot run cmd prompt in admin mode. cmd line: net user administrator /active:yes ->returns error. Safe mode does not show admin logon, only current "standard user" and "other user" account. when i type "net users", the account, "Amy Laptop Share" has admin rights, but it does not show up on Logon screen. Again, I cannot alter registry with no admin rights. I am about at wits end here. Have files on my computer that i cannot even load due to rights. Ive tried about everything. Is there a magician out there? Thanks, Mr. Frustrated.
Sorry, forgot to mention that there are no restore points found. Wish it was that easy.

Asked by: doowop72, 08 Nov 2012 21:33


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Try the second method described in this article:

It allows you to promote the existing standard user to administrator.

25 Oct 2013 4:12
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JST1946 (6927)

Is it possible to do a system restore before you had the problem?

08 Nov 2012 22:00
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Im sorry, already attempted UAC settings as well. UAC will not even open up when "clicked". I honestly believe that I have to go the route of backing everything up to an external (which I tried so hard to avoid..) And do a fresh install.
This all happened when I installed DFX audio enhancer for media player. Came directly from their website. Go figure. I have good antivirus constantly monitoring. AVG internet security along with malwarebytes. At least I know that you dont need admin rights to install device drivers from usb flash drives and externals, or else id be literally f***ed.

09 Nov 2012 11:02
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Well, sp8rt1cus, appreciate assistance, but you need to be an administartor to make an administrator account....

For those that run into this problem in the future, I have now solved this in two different methods.
Luckily, I have a secondary harddrive in my computer in which i installed a 2nd bootup of windows 7 on that backup drive. In which this gave me an admin account to then play with.
2nd solution was to boot up my windows 7 cd and go into repairs and diagnostics, then open command prompt and activate the main admin account on the main login screen. All normal now.

17 Nov 2012 23:40
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MGEdit (102)

Have you ran a scan for viruses and malware?

This link is a handy malware removal tool that is epic beans:

Update malwarebytes and run a full scan.

P.S. look for this if you are trying to run a scan with malwarebytes but its asking for administrator rights to run.

Yuo will be able to copy and paste that below into the run bar...

"uac setting" (without the quote marks for the meantime)

turn it down.

09 Nov 2012 2:10
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sp8rt1cus (412)

Log on as a new user and give yourself administration status.

17 Nov 2012 13:32

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