You are not the only one that this error “You need to log in as an administrator to continue, but there is no administrator account on this PC” drives him crazy. How can it be that he has no administrator account? Don’t worry that in this article we are going to see several methods to solve why Windows does not recognize administrator account to log in.
Windows doesn’t recognize my administrator account I can’t log in!
Therefore, if you face this annoying problem, we are going to propose you a few solutions that you can apply to try to solve it quickly.
Automatic startup repair
As we cannot access the advanced startup options, what we are going to do is perform an automatic startup repair using the Windows 10 installation media. For this, we will have to do the following:
We download the Windows ISO. Next, we must create a bootable drive, the most recommended is to do it on a USB. We reboot the computer with the USB device connected to it and start from this. Now we will have to choose “Repair computer”. In the “Advanced Troubleshooting” section we will have to select “Startup Repair”.
Recommendations when mounting a boot drive
It is important that you download the version of Windows that you have installed on your computer. To prepare the ISO we recommend that you use Rufus. In turn, you will have to start from the BIOS or UEFI to configure the USB device as a boot disk.
Enable the built-in administrator account in Windows
Using the Windows 10 installation media we can enable the built-in administrator account. For this you will have to do the following:
Start your computer with the Windows 10 installation media we created earlier, when the Windows setup wizard appears. You will have to press the Shift + F10 keys, this will open the command prompt, where you will have to paste the following command: net user administrator / active: yes
Create an administrator account to login
Usually when we go to create a new administrator account, we need to log in with an existing one or with a normal account that has administrative permissions. However, we can open the command prompt with the help of the Windows 10 installation media.
We start the computer from the USB device that contains the Windows 10 installation media.
When we see the Windows configuration screen, we will have to press the Shift + F10 keys to open a Command Prompt window.
What we will do now is run the following command lines, one at a time. Copy and paste, press “Enter” and do the same with the other command line:
move c: windows system32 utilman.exe c: copy c: windows system32 cmd.exe c: windows system32 utilman.exe
Next, you will have to run “wputil reboot” without the quotes and disconnect the Windows installation media to boot normally.
Once Windows starts normally, you will have to click on the accessibility icon located in the lower right corner of the screen. This will open a command prompt again.
Now we can create an administrator account, for this we will have to copy the two command lines that you can see below, it is important that you copy one, paste it and then press “Enter”. You should do the same with the second.
In turn, you will have to replace username with whatever username you want.
net user username / addnet localgroup administrators username / add
After several seconds you will see that the administrator account that we recently created will be displayed in the lower left corner of the login screen.
Once we create the administrator account correctly. We will have to restore the file “utilman.exe”. In case we don’t, we won’t be able to use the utility manager on the Windows 10 login screen.
It can also endanger the security of our computer, since anyone could use a command prompt to change the password or make other changes to the PC.
We restart the computer with the Windows 10 installation media connected. As soon as the Windows configuration screen appears, we are going to press Shift + F10 to open command prompt and paste the following command:
move c: utilman.exe c: windows system32 utilman.exe
A message will appear on the screen which we must confirm with “Yes” in order to continue. After this simply restart your computer without the installation media connected to it.
And that would be all, as you can see it is quite easy to solve the problem that Windows does not recognize administrator account to log in. If you still have any kind of doubt, you can leave it a little further down in the comment box.
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