Offline enable the Windows built-in administrator account

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RescuePC
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Offline enable the Windows built-in administrator account

Post by RescuePC » Fri May 10, 2019 2:00 pm

Offline enable the Windows built-in administrator account

Boot from the Windows boot media
After Windows setup started press SHIFT+F10 to access a command prompt
copy /y d:\windows\system32\sethc.exe d:\windows\system32\sethc-orig.exe
copy /y d:\windows\system32\cmd.exe d:\windows\system32\sethc-orig.exe
Remove the boot media and restart Windows
At the login screen, hit the SHIFT key five times until the command prompt appears
Type net user administrator /active:yes. This enables the built-in administrator account in Windows
Reboot the computer. When the logon screen appears, click the arrow on the left

don't forget to turn it back off after you have added new users
net user administrator /active:no

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