I accidentally deleted every Admin Account

I have disabled the Built in Admin Account, and then I accidentally changed my Account to Standard, there is no Admin Account, help! Please! 
 

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Hi George Everdell,

Welcome to Microsoft community forums.

To troubleshoot over this issue, you will have to enable Built-in Administrator Account.

Follow the steps to enable the Built-in Administrator Account.

Steps to Enable the Built-in Administrator Account.

a)      Press Windows + X

b)      Type   net user administrator /active:yes

c)       Close the elevated command prompt.

d)      The built-in Administrator will now be available to select to sign into.

e)      Restart the system.

Then enter into the administrator account. Then you have to change the standard account to admin account.

Follow the steps to change the standard account to admin account.

a)      Press Windows + C

b)      Click on search. Type User account on the search bar and click on settings.

c)       Click on User account

d)      Click on change your account type and select the account which you want to make it as admin account.

Then disable the previous admin account.

Follow the steps to disable the previous admin account.

Steps to Disable the Built-in Administrator Account.

a)      Open Elevated Command Prompt from Windows + X Power Users Tasks Menu

b)      Type   net user administrator /active:no

c)       Close the elevated command prompt.

d)      The built-in Administrator will now be available to select to sign into.

e)      Restart the system.

Then your standard account will be your admin account.

Hope this helps. If you have further queries, please reply and we will be happy to help you.

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I can't open elevated Command Prompt, I am not an admin, Windows + X brings up a menu in the Bottom Right corner, any Solutions?

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Hi there,

I turned off the password request in the admin account, and since then I have lost administrative rights. When I follow your instructions above I get the following error in the cmd window: "System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied".

Any time I try to perform adnin tasks I'm asked for a smart card, which I do not have. How do I get around this and regain my admin rights?

Thanks

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Hello George Everdell,

Since you have deleted your administrator account, you don't have permission to do administrative tasks. The only thing I can think of is to do a refresh of your operating system. Click on the link here to show how to refresh your Windows 8 operating system.

Refreshing your PC keeps your personal files, settings, and the apps that came with your PC and apps that you installed from Windows Store. Any app such as Office or apps that you installed from media or download other than the Windows Store will be deleted.

Most of the time you could do a system restore but it requires administrative privilege which you no longer have.

Please reply back and let us know if this helps.


Marilyn

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Hi Marilyn,

Thank you for your reply. I followed your instructions, but in the PC settings under the refresh option, it says...

"To use this feature, sign in as administrator"

Help!

Thanks

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HI Marilyn, 

This did not work for me...is there another way to fix this??

Thanks,
Daniel

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something happened to me today and i really need help so if you find a way can i you tell me how you did it

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I have the exact same provlem, any help? thanks

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would you be bothered to just look at one post above yours, look before you ask

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