My Windows 8.1 machine has only one interactive account - the built-in "administrator" account. It is just an internal file- and media-server without a monitor, which is accessed exclusively through Remote Desktop.
I would like to change the "user picture" associated with that built-in admin account. Trying to do it the "usual" way - through Control Panel -> User Accounts - does not work. Apparently, user picture selection is handled by a Metro app. And Metro apps are not launchable from the built-in admin.
Most likely there are workarounds. I can try using that hack that enables Metro apps under the built-in admin. Or I can add another interactive admin account and try changing the picture of the built-in admin from that other admin. I don't know whether any of these will work, I haven't tried yet.
But is there a more straightforward way to set the user picture for an account? Like copy the picture file to some folder or something like that?
i would like to change the Passwordchg option so to prevent my password to be changed (i know this option could be changed but is a little more complicated), anyway, when i put the command Code: net user "Administrator" /Passwordchg:no
on my command prompt it throws (may be a not accurate translation) Code: Operation not permitted, could disable, delete or deny access to the administrator account
Now i dont see why since i could also disable this option (if it would be possible to enable it) and also i know and will NEVER forget my password. Anyway is there a way to achieve this in another way?
I read on the Malwarebyte's blog that they suggest you disable the built in Administrator and Guest accounts for security reasons. Those reasons being that with them enabled, potential hackers already have 2 usernames guessed for them.
But, I use the Guest account often on my home computer because I tend to have a lot of house guests. I don't usually disable the Administrator account either because I still use it on occasion.
So, here is a small tutorial on how to rename those accounts for some added security if you can't disable them.
-Open the 'Run...' box.Type "secpol.msc" and press 'Enter' or 'OK'.Navigate to Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options. -The 5th and 6th entries are the names of the Administrator and Guest accounts respectively. -Double click the entry for the account you want to rename and type the new name in the text box. -Press 'Enter' or 'Apply' and close the windows.
Next time you try to login with the Guest or Administrator accounts, you will have to use the new username that you came up with.
I just bought my 15 year old son a laptop with Windows 8. I was able to set up my Admin account and his "standard" account, and put a time curfew and limits on his account, but when I logged in as him, I saw that he would be able to create another account which would pretty much defeat the whole time limit thing! Is there a way to prevent all but admin accounts to be able to create more accounts?? I'm pretty technically savvy but this new Windows 8 is not as easy to navigate as the previous versions!! (I wouldn't mind a "classic view" either, if that exists!)
Windows 8.1 and I have noticed that even after setting my (online) Microsoft account as Administrator, and disabling UACP, many actions still require me to "Allow" them.
So my question is, can I tun that so called "Microsoft Admin Account" to behave just like built-in Administrator one so I don't get those annoying prompts ? If not, is there a way to make everything on my PC run as Admin ?
I know how to set Admin right on a per-app basis, but that's not what am looking for, as I am the only one using this PC. And want to keep using my "Online" account coz I sync a lot of things.
I recently upgraded my HP Touchsmart IQ500 from Vista Home Premium to Windows 8 Pro. Aside from the lack of a media center or otherwise out-of-the-box-inability for DVD playback I've been enjoying the change. I solved the DVD problem with VLC, but I cannot figure out how to get my microphone to work now. It was fine before the upgrade, and now there's just silence when trying to Skype or record otherwise.
updating the drivers in the Device Manager which I have tried, only to get a message that reads:
Windows has determined the driver software for your device is up to date.
I recently got a new computer and I will be giving my computer away to a friend, but the problem is I don't know how to make her the admin. She has a live email already so I just want to switch my login information to hers. I already moved all my files and folders to my new computer.
I can not log into my account..I am using the right password. I used the machine earlier, then came back and it would not accept the password. The pop up said..."can not log onto account at this time..see liveacount.com to fix any problems"...or something like that.
The computer turns on fine...I can log onto the other accounts.
I have my live account password....
Can I create another Admin account to take off the password to that admin account??
My son decided to give my mother his new (then) PC...She has a slow dial up and in the transition of adding her as admin and deleting him the network failed long enough to not allow her admin status to take effect but oddly enough allowing him to be deleted as admin....no big deal I thought (clueless as to the throttling grip MS has added to 8)...to date,I have tried everything to resolve this issue but foiled at every turn.
Problem is the YES button is never highlighted in every event to add an admin password.I have followed pretty much most "solutions" only to be be mocked at the finish line with no YES button.
By the by...I have since bought the Princess Bride and myself laptops each with Windows 8 and was quite happy until I upgraded to 8.1 and lost my desktop pic...???? Bizarre...goneski...and after searching forever found the pix in some obscure folder not of my making...What is this dark majic you dabble in Mister Gates?
I remember that Win XP has the Default Hidden Admin Account that is created when you install the OS and also by default it's not password secured which can be a security issue. By doing a quick search, apparently Win 8 also have this Default Hidden Admin Account.
When in Windows 8 I verify the available created users I see an Admin account. Is this account the 'hidden' one, but made visible?
I also did the prompt cmd: net user administrator /active:yes, but I get a msg saying that there is 'no' user under the name 'administrator' ... maybe the admin user I'm seeing is a microsoft account, not a local account?
I have accidentally changed the admin account to a local user and now cannot make any changes to my laptop. I am using an ASUS brand and when I click on manage user accounts it pops up with a screen "connect smart card".
I was a Windows 7 user and yesterday I installed Win 8.1 Pro, which I purchased almost a month ago, just didn't have the time to install (it was better that I didn't have any time) and since then I can't figure out lot of things, one of which is really disgusting. See that my mom and I use the same laptop, she uses it on morning and I at night.
And thus I created two user accounts, for example mine is A and my mom's is B. Now when I turn on the lappy it goes straight into my account, without even asking to which I want login! Where on Windows 7 after the welcome screen always there was an option of two accounts, but story has changed. So what should I do to get it back like it was on Seven? I just want each time I reboot the machine there must be an option of both accounts, and I will choose where I wanna login.
Both accounts of my mom and mine are set as admin.
I forgot my builtin admin password and somehow my user is a standard user, i cannot do anything. Is there any way to reset admin password or to change it? I have tried some programs but no success, cannot do system restore also, everything needs administrative rights . I'm using Windows 8.1, retail version
I've got a sony viao ultra book running Windows 8.1. My user account is set to open with a four digit pin. Unfortunately, although I know the PIN number, I have forgotten both the user and the admin password. So I can't load any new software as it asks me for the admin password every time. How to retrieve both passwords?
Windows 8 pro: I have a user account with admin rights. It used to work fine till one day, after rebooting, I had no tiles in the start view. I ran chkdsk and it seems to have fixed the problem but now when I run any application as "Run as administrator" I get: Windows cannot find '[The exe]'. Make sure you've typed the name correctly, then try again.
If, however, I run the same app as normal and it works - thus the exe exists and there is no problem with the app itself. (Also check in the file system)
If I create a new user with admin rights I get the same issue.
(The other old user with admin rights are working fine.)
I've heard browsing on admin accounts puts you at a lot more risk than using a less privileged user account, what are some things I can do to make it more secure? I got UAC at the highest level but I'm not sure if that makes a big difference
I am using windows 8 pro OS. I have only one local account on my machine. My account is already in Administrator groups. I have checked that.
My problem is that I am not able to create/change any user account from control panel. After traversing to Control PanelAll Control Panel ItemsUser Accounts.
There are all the different links named as below: Change your account name Change your account type Manage other account etc..
However when I click on any of these links, nothing happens at all !!!
What could be the possible reason of this? Window is updated, I am able to do other stuff that only admin can do for example: installing/uninstalling software, running system tools etc. Moreover I am able to make changes to user accounts from Computer Management.
I am an administrator with 3 limited users on a windows 8 machine. I have installed a game on my account that I want to let one of my users play. I have tried everything I have read about giving permissions, admin right etc, but it still asks for my password everytime he opens the game?
I'm setting up a stolen laptop tracking software and want to leave a standard/non-admin user account open for a potential thief. The software requires someone to log in and connect to the internet in order to start tracking. So if I only have my personal admin account password protected, I will be out of luck. The problem is that while logged in as a standard user I am able to access recovery options. From there I can use advance startup and proceed to reset my pc. If a thief logs in and resets my pc right away, I will have no way of tracking them. I have windows 8.1 standard and have not been able to find any way from restricting access to the recovery options.
Sometimes when I boot Windows 8.1, I get a generic screen that tells me that my profile couldn't be accessed and I now have a temporary profile. I went to the event viewer and it also said that it couldn't find my profile. I am the only user and administrator. Is there a way to make a new user profile AND not loose my files and settings.
I have windows 8. My computer set up as me the administrator, and another user account for my kids. My problem is, when i log into the kids account, and click the mail app. i can see my hotmail account.
So basically they have access to my emails. which i don't want to happen. How do I stop other users getting access to my email ?