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Cannot change account type to administrator from standard user

Hi,

Our pc runs on Windows Vista. My husband set the pc up and as far as he was concerned he set us both up as administrators and our children as standard users.

My pc started a few months ago telling me that I did not have permissions to install programmes. Although my login says that I am an administrator when I click change account type it comes up that I am a standard user and gives me the option to click onto administrator to change it. The change account type box that you need to click to confirm is greyed out.

Any ideas of why it is doing this? Ideally we both need to be administrators and according to my windows vista book we both can be although they recommend just one.

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  • conn94 May 14, 2009

    I tried this but exactly the same thing happened on my husbands account. It would not let him change me to administrator.

  • conn94 May 14, 2009

    Leecom: I tried this and it still did not work. The option was still greyed out.





    Greg: I have not tried starting in safe mode yet. If this did not work and i did have to delete the account and set up a new one does that mean I would lose all my programmes that I have on my login? For example paint shop pro 9 & microsoft word???

  • conn94 May 14, 2009

    Hi Greg,



    Sorry if this sounds a silly question but how do I know if it booted up in safe mode? I pressed and held down the f8 key whilst rebooting but could not really see any difference in the way it booted up. I tried again logging into my hubbys account and changing my account but still has the same problem. Just wondering if it was actually in safe mode.

  • conn94 May 14, 2009



    I seem to have solved the problem accidently. I changed hubbys account to standard then back to admin. I was then able to change mine???? Not sure why that worked but it did. Thank you for all your help!! :)

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Sounds like your user account has been inadvertantly changed to a standard account. The only way to change it is to log in as Administrator (your husbands user account) and change your user account back to administror permission) Vista's UAC (user account control) can be tricky and it's probably a simple error where your admin permission was somehow taken away. If you are unsuccessful, log in as Administrator and remove your account, then create a new account granting Administrator priviledges. Hope this clarifies your issue. Best of Luck!
Greg

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    Greg Margossian May 14, 2009

    Then I'd start up in safe mode (press and fold the F8 button when machine boots) and log on as Administrator. From here you should be able to access your account and add Administrator privilidges to your account. If you can't, delete your account and create a new account with Administrator privileges. Either of these solutions should solve your problem. I do hope this solves your problem.
    Greg


  • Greg Margossian
    Greg Margossian May 14, 2009

    The programs will still be installed, your personal desktop will be deleted and you will have to create a new desktop when/if you create a new user. The only way access to programs would be denied is if when they are installed, the option to make them available to a particular user is checked but as Administrator, you have access to all areas of the machine including installed programs. You may need to right-click on a program icon and select option Send to desktop as shortcut to add the shortcut to your new desktop for easy access. I'd try logging in as Administrator and adding the permissions back to your account prior to deleting the account first. You should know right away if it worked and solved your problem, if not, deleting the account and adding a new Admin account is easy enough to try.
    Greg


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    Greg Margossian May 14, 2009

    Glad you got it working. Sounded like you didn't have it in safe mode. If when the machine 1st starts to boot you hit F8, it will give you a black screen to start in Safe mode. From here, you would see an Administrators account to log in as Admin and add/subtract permissions on individual accounts. I hope you found this solution helplful and use it in the future should the problem arise again. Take care!

    Greg

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Hi there.
Use your husbands account to set your account up with administrator privileges, that should do the trick.

Good luck and thanks for using FixYa!!

Posted on May 14, 2009

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    Lee Hodgson May 14, 2009

    Hi again.
    Access your husbands account, go to the control panel and click on user accounts and turn of the UAC (user account control), the computer will ask to be restarted so do this.
    Once the computer has restarted access your husbands account again and this time you should be able to change your account type.

    Good luck and please post back with the results.


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Click start Control Panel.


Select "User Accounts and Family Safety," then "User Accounts."


Click "Turn User Account Control on or off."


Remove the check mark next to "Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer."


Click "OK."

Set All Accounts to Administrator


Still in the UAC section of Control Panel, select "Manage another account," and click on a user account.


Click on "Change the account type." When working with multiple accounts, some changes can only be made if you and the account holder are both logged in with "Administrator" accounts so you need to change all user accounts to "Administrator."


When you are done making changes, you can change them back to "Standard," but always leave at least one "Administrator" account.


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Click "Change Account Type" at the bottom right.


Repeat this procedure to change each user account to "Administrator." When all user accounts have been changed, close the Control Panel.

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If you don't remember the administrator password then login to the user account who has administrator acess. After logging into that users account you would be able to change the Administrator password. After logging into user account follow this steps to change password.

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