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"I was trying to disable the need to login every time I booted up the PC, but now I've lost admin rights. Any ideas how I can get the admin rights back on the account? Safe mode, an option?"

Lost admin rights / privileges on the only user account on your computer? If you can't access the administrator account, or your administrator account was demoted to a guest or limited account, you will be restricted from performing any administrative tasks.

In this tutorial we'll explain how to regain your PC's administrator rights with WindowsUnlocker. WindowsUnlocker is a bootable utility that could be used to promote a limited / standard user account to administrator, or unlock / reset your forgotten administrator password on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP.

1 Create A WindowsUnlocker Live CD/USB Drive

  1. Click here to download and save the WindowsUnlocker self-extracting Zip file to a folder on your hard drive, then extract the ISO image file: pcunlocker.iso from it.
  2. Insert a blank CD or USB flash drive into your computer. Download and install the freeware ISO2Disc.
  3. Start the ISO2Disc program. Click the Browse button to locate your ISO image file, then click the Start Burn button to burn the ISO image to your CD or USB flash drive.

    Burn ISO Image to CD/DVD or USB flash drive

2 Boot Your Locked PC from CD/USB Drive

  1. Connect the burned CD or USB drive to the computer that you're trying to gain admin rights on. When it is powered on, check the boot-screen for setup key (i.e. DELETE key, F8 key, F2 key) to enter BIOS Setup Utility.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select the BOOT tab, then change the Boot Device Priority: Set 1st Boot Device to CDROM if you just created a bootable CD or DVD, or set 1st Boot Device to Removable Device if a bootable USB flash drive was created.

    BIOS Setting

  3. Press F10 to save your changes. Now your computer will restart and then boot from WindowsUnlocker Live CD/USB drive. If you still can't get your computer to boot from the CD/USB drive, please refer to this boot up troubleshooting guide.

3 Gain Admin Rights on Windows Account

  1. After the computer boots up from the CD or USB drive, it will start the WindowsUnlocker program which shows you a list of local accounts that are stored in Windows SAM registry hive. Select your user account and click on Reset Password button.

  2. Enter a new password for your selected account, and click OK. The program will change your password, promote the account to an administrator if it's a standard or limited account, and enable / unlock it when necessary.

    Gain Admin Rights on Windows Account

  3. Click Restart to reboot the computer and remove the CD or USB drive. You can then log into your administrator-level user account without a password.

It's so easy to get admin rights back on your Windows account and regain full control of your computer. WindowsUnlocker has definitely saved me from so many headaches and I hope this will also help you in the event of losing admin rights on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP.

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