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Solved: Accessing "real" administrator Account

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  1. bderouen

    bderouen Thread Starter

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    Hi all!
    I have been trying to get to the actual Administrator account on my PC and am having trouble. I found several articles showing how to use the CMD prompt line to get to it (net users Administrator \active:yes) and I got it to complete successfully. The problem is once I log off and back on, I still don't see the ability to log onto admin account.

    I've tried this on both my desktop at home and my Surface Pro 3 and I get the same results. Anyone have any ideas? I know it's some little something I'm missing...I just can't remember what.

    Thanks for your help!

    Bruce
     
  2. DaveA

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    One should NEVER use this Administrator account. It is best to run the exe file "As Administrator".

    What is it that you are trying to do the you MUST login as the Administrator?
     
  3. bderouen

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    Oh I know I shouldn't use this on a regular basis. (as they say, this isn't my first rodeo! ;) But I need to access one of the other accounts on my machine and run a cleanup on it. My disk space is disappearing FAST and I need to see why I know this is the only way I can readily access the entire machine.
     
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    I am able to access other other accounts when I use my normal account that is part of the Admin group.

    If the owner of other accounts has set the account NOT to be shared, then even then you may not be able to do what you want.

    Why not just have the owner of the other account login and do a clean up.
     
  5. bderouen

    bderouen Thread Starter

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    It's a long story. Point is, it's MY computer and I've set up an account for someone else. I made him an admin so I don't have to approve every time he did anything, which was a pain in the butt. Now my HDD is down to less than 7 GBs left and he keeps telling me he's not downloading anything. I want to see for myself. That's why I want to get to that account.
     
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    Then you need to have this person, copy OFF all of their data and get their own machine.
    Then remove their account and files from your machine.
     
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    Thanks for the advice, Dave but I have a reason for needing this account. I did find what I was looking for though. I have to activate it through the Users snap-in on the Manage App. Strange that even though I did the command line prompt which was recommended, it was still disabled. I enabled it and voila...it shows up! I'm going to do what I need and then re-disable it.
     
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