Windows 8.1 - Suddenly Lost Admin Privileges And Now Unable To Change
Dec 28, 2013
I have had Windows 8 for approx 1 year and just upgraded to Windows 8.1 last week.
I installed bitdefender total security at the same time and everything was fine for a few days until one morning I woke up my Laptop to find I couldnt open a software program. Further investigation has found that I can not alter anything on my machine.
I have only the one user account which has my name, email, Administrator and password protected showing.
I can use my laptop still but have no admin rights at all.
When i try to open command prompt (admin) it takes a few minutes to come back with an error saying cannot access specified path, file folder etc...
I cant even restore my system back to factory settings. How can I restore my factory settings from this point??
I have an xps 8500 and it won't update to windows 8.1 from the store. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the update KB2871389 and nothing happens. . I am also running in administrator mode while I am doing this and the windows troubleshooter says something about admin privileges.
I tried to remove the "other user" screen, but while trying to do that I lost my admin credintals, so I tried to fix it by going on safe mode then I assigned a password to the administrator account... And now when I try to login it says "Your account has been disabled"
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.
After upgrading Windows 8 to 8.1 - my standard user does no longer have administration rights.
in computer administration ->local user and Groups - the properties for the user shows that the user belongs the Group administrators.
However when I access the user account in the control panel the user shows up as "standard" and I cannot change that while logged in as standard user.
I have tried logging in as Administrator (using the built in administrator) - but here I am also unable to change the setting of the standard user from "standard" to "Administrator" - the "change account type" button is greyed out and cannot be clicked.
I have tried everything I can think of, read all I could find on the net - but to no avail.
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 have a friend who keeps getting borderline malware (e.g. browser toolbars) installed on his computer. There is even an active antivirus on his pc (I believe norton). It comes with his new pc and is valid for 1 year.
After I clean his pc, if I change his account type from administrator to limited user, it should prevent any toolbars from installing, right?
Would this break any software or cause any file to become inaccessible?
My computer is so messed up Version 8.1 . I first noticed that I had a problem with Kaspersky. It said my license was unable to verify and to update data base to solve. It wont let me update. In fact it wont even let me uninstall, and secondly I cant download ANYTHING off the internet. My main problem is OFFICE keeps freezing and I need that program it also says there is a problem with my license and I have not been able to fix it it just freezes. So I thought I will download open office, but as I mentioned I cant download anything when I click run nothing happens when I click save it says corrupt or unreadable file. I thought no problem I will just hit F2 (yes I have tried hitting every single key after this and nothing) and enter bios screen and recover from my USB but do you think F2 (or any other key takes takes me there, no. Products like Kaspersky, Office, I have paid for etc say they are unlicensed which they are not. Anything I try to download, anything, like a new virus program will not work. I can't download, I cant even get into Change my PC settings it just freezes when I click this. I have had people try and trouble shoot this, Kaspersky has not gotten back to me and everyone is telling me stuff I cant do. I cant download, I cant access bios, I cant even access Change my PC settings. Ready to hear all the generic "it should" or "you should be able to"
I am running Windows 8 64-Bit on a new Advent Monza T100 laptop.
I am unable to make changes to Program Files (x86) which is very annoying as this means I have to install programs to my desktop.
When I try to move something into Program Files (x86) I am greeted by the usual 'You need permission to perform this action' message.
I have tried to Take Ownership of the folder using advice from many different forums, however my problem seems to be unique because I am not able to change the ownership from TrustedInstaller to Administrators.
When I click 'Change' the window transforms into this...
I am unable to change any permission for any folder . every option that supposed to be available for setting the permission is gray out!! , for some of my files I see the owner is "unable to display the current owner". I have attached the 3 screen shots !!
I recently bought a new laptop with Windows 8. I slowly got to grips with it, but then it offered to update to 8.1, so I let it. A few minor changes that I could see, but no issues, and I have been using it for some days. It was fine when I turned it off yesterday. This morning, I turned it on (normal screen), went to look at my emails and the magnification was HUGE. Nothing I tried altered it, except to move from from huge to enormous and back. So, I went to some other chat rooms and they were the same - huge, so I have to keep using page up, page down, and struggling to find the scroll bar at the bottom to go from side to side to read a line of text. I am typing this on my old desktop.
I've got an XP Virtual machine that I have on an SSD which I run from the USB port - I use this XP machine a lot on DIFFERENT computers -- It's got my Icelandic version of Office on it plus several other programs I use when I'm on a clients site so I don't have to install any special software on their laptops - It's also got my SAP GUI on it which I use to connect to various clients SAP systems.
However just this morning I can't boot up the VM -- get access denied messages to the VM files -- even on Administrator accounts.
Here's the screenshot of what comes up.
I've tried all the usual tricks like Run as administrator, give every possible privilege to the directory and files inside
First time I've had this problem since VISTA days. I really NEED to power on this virtual machine. I've posted here as it's not a VM problem itself but a Windows permissions one.
Update -- now solved --might not be the most sensible one but added my user name to the security privileges for the SSD -- I was already in the administrators group so why I needed to do this I haven't a clue but it worked.
I am trying to Uninstall some old junk. Everything is uninstalling fine except one program. When I try to uninstall I get the message asking if I want to allow the program to make changes to my hard drive. When I click "No" I get the following message: "You must use administrative privileges to complete uninstall, please try again."
So what does this mean, and how do I use these administrative privileges? By the way, I am the administrator.
I have a hard drive connected to a hard drive caddy, and am using it as an external hard drive: and it contains various audio/text/video files, and these were added to the hard drive when I was using windows xp
Now, however I find some of these files are "locked" onto the hard drive - I cant move them anywhere else. If I try to do this I get the message that I don't have administrative privileges to do so I have tried disabling uac but it situation still the same.
My Pc has only one user account (mine) and I am of course, the administrator accordingly. because I installed windows 8 myself with just me as only user.
I am unable to change any permission for any folder . every option that supposed to be available for setting the permission is gray out!! , for some of my files I see the owner is "unable to display the current owner". The problem is the same for every single folder and file. I checked other systems (friends laptops and desktops) and they are working just fine ! but I am just unable to modify any permission for any folder or file !! even I tried to change the owner but it didn't worked !
I have had installer failure for Hp printer software and windows live mail even though signed in as administrator and running the programs as administrator; the failure is the same for both, that is " failure due to lack of privileges to write to C:program dataMicrosoft windowsstart menu".
I have gone to the files and changed permission from read only several times and had it change right back to read only as soon as I closed explorer.
I have gone into uac and disabled notification but it has no effects, and Windows 8 apps still seem to work anyway' so I reset uac to normal level again.
This all seemed to start after a win update, but doing a system restore has not worked either.
I have a Dell Inspiron 7720 Win 8 x64 PC which includes UEFI (described in Microsoft link below). However, UEFI is accessed on Win 8 from Settings Charm > "Change PC Settings". This requires that you have booted the system already. In case of a main disk crash, you need to boot from another drive, like a thumb drive.
During restart my Dell PC displays "F12 Boot Options" in lower right of screen during restart, but multiple presses of F12 during startup are ignored. Likewise when I try F1 or F2 during startup. So I have no way to specify an alternate boot drive.
I am thinking maybe my PC is defective, but also maybe I'm missing something. What is UEFI? - Microsoft Windows Support
I have a Lenovo y50 and it used to boot in 12 seconds, but recently started to take over 30 seconds to boot. I've had this laptop for around a week now. It happened ever since I reinstalled my nvidia driver. Im not sure if its just a coincidence that it happened at the time I reinstalled it. I made sure all traces of the driver were gone before reinstalling it. The loading circle in the beginning of the boot used to move smoothly but now it visibly lags and moves slowly. I've tried the "Clean up my PC" option and it still has the problem. Here is the event log:Link
I disabled fast boot and shut off the computer and then turned it on again(not restart). Then I enabled fast boot and now it boots at the time it did before. Very strange lol. Now it boots even faster, in around 10 seconds as opposed to 12.
I upgraded my Windows from 7 to 8 pro using the 40$ offer and it worked like a charm Unfortunately, today my room-mate tried to install a cracked version of Microsofot Office 365 and he ruined my computer. My windows 8 become inactive and the Windows keeps asking me to activate it. I saw a lot of soltion for the error code 0xC004F074 here and all of them require the product key which I do not have.
Cant get any sound via built in speaker or headphone jack. Have checked settings through speaker volume icon lower task bar, Dell Audio control icon, and checked for audio enabled or not through device manager/soundvideogamecontrollers/Realtek high def sound etc. All looks perfect.
This loss of sound MAY have happened after running SUPERAntiSpyware that my ex-computer "expert" installed and instructed me to run regularly. I lost sound also when he last serviced my computer and installed SUPERantispyware (among other unknown things he did), but he somehow restored the sound through changing a power management option I think. I just tried that again to no luck.
But what it means when someone says "install new drivers" or "reinstall drivers" - my Windows 8 came preloaded and upgrade to 8.1 has failed twice so I gave up - nothing to do with this problem arising though.
I am having trouble with my USB connections. They will all be working fine if the computer is idle, then when I start doing things all of the drivers get disconnected, and won't reconnect after unplugging and replugging them in. Restarts don't work.
I have suddenly got this problem. To the best of my knowledge I haven't installed anything prior to this happening. My pc used to take prob less than a minute to boot, but now takes around 10mins. Once booted it runs fine.
I have updated and scanned with Sophos AV and Windows defender and both show clean. I cannot boot to safe mode as the start up is so slow that nothing happens anymore hitting f8.
I have defragged and optimised both HDDs and run chkdisk.
No warnings in device manager. A few errors in eventlog but nothing major or consistent - I can get them if wanted. I used SFC /SCANNOW Command which initially failed so I used Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth this appeared to work and then on running sfc /scannow then completed successfully with no errors, but no change in boot speed.
I then used system restore to restore the computer to prior to this happening - this completed successfully, but still no change on the boot up speed.
I then downloaded and ran the Windows Assessment console and have the logs, but am unsure really where to go with them. They are attached (Axelog).
My laptop is never usually that slow but last night it was really slow and I restarted it but it took about 5-10 mins to get to the gateway loading logo an after awhile it said diagnosing but it didn't do anything, this morning I switched it on and it came on the login screen straight away but it took me like 5 mins to login cause it was being so slow but I finally log in and it takes like 10-20 seconds just to right click on something so I went on task manager to check if anything was full and disk was 99% full by things like system, AVG, service host, host process but I've never has a problem with avg.