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I have a Windows 8 machine that uses a Microsoft account for log-on (user = somebody@msn.com)

Is it possible using a pre-boot command line utility to create a new account that I can then use to log into this machine.

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Scott
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Hi.

You know the nordahl disk, I know from your other thread. It can enable the built-in admin and that one can do all you need including creating new local accounts. To answer: no, there's no preboot way to create accounts.
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Are you unable to reset the password on the Microsoft account?

If so, try the steps outlined in this article: https://4sysops.com/archives/offline-enable-the-windows-8-built-in-administrator-account/

Note that you'll need a copy of the Windows 8 boot media which you can create from another Windows 8 machine. Steps to do this can be found here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media
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It worked!

enabling the the-windows-8-built-in-administrator-account/

thanks for your help with this.
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The nordahl disk was already present - why didn't you use it?
That disk can blank the password and "unlock" (=enable) the account.

Next time :)
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McKnife - I tried the nordahl disk and I believe I successfully unlocked (enabled) the Administrator account but it did not show up as an account in the accounts log-on window.

I may have needed to also execute the command "net user administrator /active:yes."

I appreciate your assistance.

Scott
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No, you would not have needed to do this - maybe you missed to save the whole thing?
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McKnife

I got to step 11 of 18 (see URL) - where I entered RIS- 1f4 for the administrator
In step 12 - I selected unlock and enable user account
In Step 13 - I quit !
but was never offered (step 14) to commit the changes.
Don't know if this helps you to understand where I got stuck.

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/ss/ontpre-screenshot-guide_11.htm#step-heading

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Don't enter the RID... simply hit enter, "administrator" is already the assumed target, it's set as default.
Maybe your error was to use 1f4 and not 01f4. Next time simply hit enter at that point.
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Hey thanks!
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