Windows 2008 no administrator user problem
Posted on 2013-01-11
Hope someone can help. Got two Dell Inspiron Laptops Windows 8 64bit. Joined them to our company domain with a domain user who had admin rights to the laptops. Had not activated the administrator user yet when staff members took laptops into the field, changed from on our domain to WORKGROUP, must have deleted the domain user with admin privilages and now I'm stuck with one laptop where I can login as the one existing local user ( no admin rights but same password works as the network user) and the other laptop says incorrect password for the same user and no login possible. I have tried everything including pulling the drive to look at it on another pc in hopes of using SAM and other files from the repair folder under system32 but there is no repair folder in Win 8.
Can anyone tell me how I can at least get a user with admin rights on the laptop i can log into. All access is denied to all admin features for that one existing local user.
In addition, forgot to say that on the laptop I can log onto when I try to run cmd as an administrator to be able to do net user administrator/ active:yes.... I get a screen that says
User account control
Do you want to make changes....
To continue, type an administrator password, and then click Yes, however there is no field to type a password and Yes is grayed out.