Unlock the "Superuser" in Vista

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Introduction: Unlock the "Superuser" in Vista

In this instructable, I'll teach you how to unlock the ultimate administrator account in Vista. It allows you to change settings and modify files and move or delete folders without getting "administrator rights." You may be thinking, "I'm already an administrator!" And I'd answer, yes, but you don't have administrator RIGHTS... So let's get started.

Difficulty: Easy
Time: about 45 seconds

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Step 1: 1: Entering the Command Prompt As an Administrator

In this step, you have to enter the command prompt as an administrator, otherwise you will get the "access denied" error. This is the most important step.

First, open the Start Orb, then in the search box, type "cmd," and when the command prompt appears in the list, DO NOT JUST OPEN IT! You must first make sure it's highlighted, then hit CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER. It will open then in administrator mode.

Step 2: 2: Using the CMD to Enable the Super Administrator

Once it's open, type the following exactly as it appears (but without the quotation marks):
"net user administrator /active:yes" (you can use either forward (/) or back(\) slashes).

You now need to log out, then log in the new "administrator" account and change your password (make one) by going into Control panel and into User accounts or whatever.

Step 3: DONE!

WARNING: DO NOT USE THIS ACCOUNT FOR YOUR MAIN ACCOUNT, AS IT POSES A SECURITY THREAT TO YOUR COMPUTER, ALLOWING BUGS AND WORMS AND VIRUSES TO EASILY MESS WITH YOUR STUFF (IT STOPS THE PROTECTION FROM WORKING).

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    23 Discussions

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    farhankhan1997
    farhankhan1997

    7 years ago on Step 2

    the cmd doesnt allow me to go on admin cmd( im a normal user )

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    rdm_box
    rdm_box

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I believe that you have to enter the command as in step two, but put no instead of yes.

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    tdinh1
    tdinh1

    Reply 8 years ago on Step 3

    replace yes with no

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    jj.inc
    jj.inc

    8 years ago on Introduction

    I really don't see what this has over my current account other than it doesn't get notified all the time (which I can turn off) I never have problems accessing my (c:) drive and programs and such.

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    knex_mepalm
    knex_mepalm

    9 years ago on Step 2

    This reminds me of logging into root on my friends ipt

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    budabob07
    budabob07

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 2

    reminds me of logging into mine too. also has same "superuser" name (you type in "su" to sign in. su=SuperUser

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    user1997
    user1997

    9 years ago on Introduction

    something pops up saying you need adminastrator password D=

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    SeMi_AuToMaTic

    Is there any way I can hack a password without using the admin. account, downloading any software, just by typing in a code in Command Prompt?

    p.s. it said something about the passwords and usernames the first time, then the second time it said access denied.

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    j_dog
    j_dog

    10 years ago on Step 3

    i did this but i still can't acces some files in the ultimate admin

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    inforussle
    inforussle

    10 years ago on Step 1

    another way to open it as administrator
    is to right click and hit run as administrator

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    microman171
    microman171

    10 years ago on Introduction

    In Ubuntu, a prompt pops up asking you whether your would like to authorise root. You type in your root password, and it allows the action to take place.

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    munchman
    munchman

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, but this is for Vista. As a casual ubuntu user, I can agree that some things are easier, however some people don't want to - or can't switch to a different operating system. @Zappy1995, does this give you the same rights as authorising something with the UAC, but without the annoyance of the popups, or is this something more?

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    Zappy1995
    Zappy1995

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    i do believe that this gives you the rights you had in XP, like FULL control over the computer and settings... Currently, I use this account for thiongs that I cannot do in my main "administrator" account. If I need to delete folders from the root directory of C:\ or something, or change a setting that could potentially kill my computer (regedit). I have so far seen no limitations in this account.

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    lemonie
    lemonie

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    So Vista (already becoming obsolete?) gives you 3 tiers of responsibility?
    You can't delete folders in root without this? (That doesn't sound like something I'd want to install)

    L

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    Zappy1995
    Zappy1995

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    1: What's that have to do with installing vista? it's a trick to hack into vista IF YOU ALREADY HAVE Vista. 2: No. you cannot delete root folders in the C:\ drive without this, because when I uninstalled XAMPP, it wouldn't delete the root folder. With that, I looked up this trick, and posted it for the Rest for You for if you have the same issue with other folders.

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    S1L3N7 SWAT
    S1L3N7 SWAT

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I think he meant that Vista is crap because you CAN'T erase files/folders in the root without making an account that as you said, is harmful to your computer. You should be allowed to erase with a regular Admin account, without the need to resort to tricks like this. Thus, pointing out another flaw with Vista.

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    munchman
    munchman

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I just did. Maybe the folders people are trying to erase are protected by Windows File Protection or something...