Can't change administrator

By wellsp218 ·
Sys Administrator left company abruptly. Cannot run some programs (AdvancedASystemCare, i.e)or change adminstrator rights, does not show in user accounts. "No Adn Rights' shows up evry time a change is attempted. Have followed folowing suggestions to no avail.

Option 1.
Right click My Computer and select Manage from the menu.
In the left hand column, click on the + sign next to Local Users and Groups.
Click on the Users folder.
In the right hand pane, right click on Administrator and select Rename from
the menu.
Enter the name you want and hit Enter.

Option 2.
Go to Start -> Run and enter gpedit.msc in the Open box.
In the Security Policies console, navigate to the following location by
clicking on the + signs.

Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local
Policies -> Security Options

In the right hand pane, right click on Accounts: Rename administrator
account and select Properties from the menu.
Replace Administrator in the box with the name you want and click OK.
Short of re-installing windows (cant find recovery disk) any suggestions

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Sorry... TR members do not assist with password recovery.

by cmiller5400 In reply to Can't change administrato ...

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no password problem

by wellsp218 In reply to Sorry... TR members do n ...

do not have a password problem, password in known.

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state the obvious

by col1jgh In reply to no password problem

I hate to state the obvious but, you do know you have to be logged in as administrator to change a administrators password?

Meaning you cannot be logged in as YOU.....

If that does not work take my prior advise hire a IT. (DO NOT OUTSOURCE!)

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Then what are you having problems with?

by cmiller5400 In reply to no password problem

If you know the password to the admin account you should be fine...

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Think before you do.........

by col1jgh In reply to Can't change administrato ...

Basically if your abilities fall within a users ability not a IT ability then your are treading on hallowed ground.
I can suggest only due to your lack of information that you supplied that maybe its is a Windows environment.
I would hesitate to offer more support to you. There is software out there that you can purchase that state works. (I personally have not used any) There are more complicated Linux alternatives. Really if your sys admin left without turning over the Admin. I would stop and think before you act on this, if its a critical system to your business. You asking this question I can only assume you have not hired a new IT person. This is truly an unfortunately lesson to remind you IT work is not a game and is a very skilled job. I would suggest you hire someone and make that their first priority. Lastly does your company not operate a AD domain or something similar? If so then the Admin ID is administer on that server not on the local workstations, or operating servers.
Just remember think before you do, you may not be able to undo what you have done.

PS If at all possible, if on good terms contact the IT and ask for a admin ID and Password.

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