Administrator Account Disabled and Current Account logged into is Non-admin

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So we ran into a little quandary. Someone set up a machine and inadvertently disabled the administrator account and then disabled administrative privileges to the only account that is in use.

Does anyone know of a quick little trick to re-enable the admin account?

OS: Windows 10 Pro
Current Profile: non-admin
PC is not on a domain
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
The administrator is disabled by default.

Try PogoStick to see if you can reset the user's account off-line.

http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/
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You can use the above tool to enable the admin account, and set a password to it.

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So this tool will work if the user profile we are using right now is a limited user (no admin rights), correct?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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You need to try to reset the account off-line and change the privilege level.

If it does not work, you need to reinstall Windows 10 from the media creation link (KEEP Data and Applications)

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
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Yes, you boot the PC from the CD you made from the iso of the tool, then it accesses the registry on the HD and looks for accounts, and then you can enable, disable them, or change their passwords.
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can you not run a command prompt as administrator (start x -- Command Prompt (as admin) then
net user administrator /active:yes

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what was the answer you didn't show it

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