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    • #339966 Reply

      Da Boss

      Can’t get into your Windows PC’s sole admin account? Forgot the password? Does your old admin account no longer have admin privileges? No need to pani
      [See the full post at: LangaList: How to create a Windows admin account in an emergency]

    • #339981 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      The link in the newsletter gives me:

      Oops! Sorry, that URL didn’t work.


      • #339998 Reply

        Da Boss

        Click on the “Newsletter/Alerts” button in the top menubar.
        Then click on the 3/11 Newsletter.

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      • #340000 Reply

        Da Boss

        There are two known-bad links in the newsletter article. We’ll be fixing them as soon as everybody wakes up… 🙂

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        • #340002 Reply

          AskWoody Plus

          Actually I found that all FOUR links in the article that go to fail with this error message.  Tried in both Firefox and Chrome.

          Also, going via the “Newletter/Alerts” route does exactly the same.


    • #340023 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Thanks for starting this thread. Perhaps someone could be so kind as to explain, to the extent that the procedures might be different, how the same thing can be done with Windows 7 and 8.1? Not a long entry, with pictures, etc, of course, but perhaps just a few pointers that might be enough to  explain those differences.

      From the article, I gather that regaining administrative privileges is something that is possible to do also in those previous versions of windows.

      • #340056 Reply

        AskWoody MVP

        OscarCP, the article you’re looking for is here:

        How to hack a ‘back door’ into Win10, 8, and 7


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        • #340102 Reply

          AskWoody Plus

          Thanks. I have copied the Web page to my Mac, the Windows PC being out of commission, because it forgot my profile and insists in logging me into a temporary desktop. I have already backed up all my data to an external HD, which I am still able to do, besides little else.


    • #340050 Reply

      AskWoody MVP

      My apologies: A WordPress issue munged the urls of the old Windows Secrets reprint articles. I’ve now manually corrected them.

      How to hack a ‘back door’ into Win10, 8, and 7

      Using Windows’ powerful ‘Recovery Environment’

      Activate Windows’ hidden, master admin account

      Exploring Windows’ Administrative Tools: Part 1

      Again, my apologies.

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    • #340322 Reply

      AskWoody MVP

      IMHO, the best defense is always to have a recent full Image Backup and bootable media to restore said backup. Preferably you have multiple generations of the Image (belt and suspenders)!

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!


      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

    • #341031 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Hm. Does the Recovery Environment happen to handle encrypted (Bitlocker) disks with just the regular password?

      Because sometimes the recovery key gets lost, and of course these usually don’t have current backups either…

      There are of course several ways to do this if you do have the recovery key or the system isn’t encrypted.

    • #341324 Reply


      That’s a million times more complicated than booting-up with Linux and doing it:


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      • #341677 Reply

        rc primak

        Yep, that’ll work!

        -- rc primak

        • #343882 Reply


          The last time I saw that link… it was disappeared, post locked and post creator received a pleasant admonishment from a moderator. 😉

          Has anybody had to try it lately with Windows 10?

          • #345594 Reply

            AskWoody Lounger

            Define “lately”? Last in 1709, not sure which cumulative… but appears that this part hasn’t changed from 7 to 10. Only the Windows Defender trick is new.

            Nothing new here, if someone can get write access to your unencrypted drive contents, they’re able to get anywhere in the computer from there. Small difference if it requires a screwdriver or a small USB stick. So either keep the computer physically locked up or encrypt the contents.

    • #343844 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      I pressed SHIFT keys five times quickly and nothing was opened. My system is Windows 10 build 1809.

      • #343868 Reply

        AskWoody Plus

        It’s possible that you’ve disabled that default shortcut at Settings, Ease of Access, Keyboard (by removing the checkmark from “Allow…”):


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