No Administrator Account in Windows 7 - How to Fix

“I have accidentally deleted an administrator account from a computer and now no user account has administrator rights. I now have:

1. Standard user account - no administrator rights.

2. Built in administrator account – disabled.

How to get administrator rights? Reinstalling windows is something I would like to avoid.”

Because the built-in administrator account was disabled, so when you reboot Windows 7 in safe mode and attempt to access the built-in administrator, it will ask for login credentials and tell you that the account is disabled. In fact, people can easily log on the built-in administrator even it was disabled in Windows XP. But in Windows 7, it is different that the built-in administrator is unavailable if it was disabled.

So, in this situation, a workable way to log into Windows 7 as administrator is enabling the built-in administrator or directly creating a new admin account to Windows 7 offline.

If you have no administrator account in Windows 7 or lost password to your admin account which is the only administrator, use the following procedures to fix the issue so you can perform something which needs administrator privileges.

Method One: Use Windows Password Rescuer to Enable the Built-in Administrator or Add New Admin Account to Windows 7 Offline.

Method Two: Enable Windows 7 Built-in Administrator Account and Get the Password with Command Prompt.

Method 1: Use Windows Password Rescuer to Enable the Built-in Administrator or Add New Admin Account to Windows 7 Offline. This is Easy and 100% Working.

Windows Password Rescuer is a powerful tool which not only can help reset/recover Windows administrator and user passwords, but also allows people to enable any Windows admin account or add new local/domain admin account to Windows without logging in. It works perfectly for any Windows system such as Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP and Windows server 2019, 2016, 2012/R2, 2008/R2, 2003 etc.

In this guide, I will show you how to enable the Windows 7 built-in administrator and easily create a new admin account to Windows 7 by using Windows Password Rescuer.

Step 1: Use Windows Password Rescuer to create a small bootable USB.

With help of Windows Password Rescuer, you can easily create a small bootable CD/DVD and USB. I highly recommend using a USB flash drive as it is easier to use and fit for any computer.

1. Download and install Windows Password Rescuer Personal on an accessible computer. (Free download Windows Password Rescuer Personal.)

2. Plug in a blank USB flash drive and then launch the installed Windows Password Rescuer Personal. Click “USB device”.

3. Drop down the drive list and select your plugged USB drive. Then click “Begin Burning”. It will create a bootable USB for you and this will take about one minute.

Step 2: Boot your Windows 7 computer from USB.

Once you successfully create a bootable USB with Windows Password Rescuer, now boot your Windows 7 computer from the USB.

1. Connect the bootable USB to the computer.

2. Power on the computer and hit “F2” or “Fn+F2” as soon as possible to get into the BIOS SETUP. Press arrow key to select “Boot” – “Change Boot Order” and then press “Enter”. Press arrow key to select your USB drive and then press up/down key to move it to the first. Then press “F10” to save and reboot from USB.

Step-by-step: How to Boot Computer from USB.

Step 3: Enable Windows 7 built-in administrator or add new admin account to Windows 7 with a few clicks.

When the computer successfully boots from USB, Windows Password Rescuer will run and load all Windows 7 user accounts.

Option One: Enable the built-in administrator account and remove its password.

1. Click “Administrator” from list.

2. Click “Reset Password” to remove the unknown password.

3. The built-in administrator is now enabled and the unknown password has been turned to blank. (No password for Windows 7 built-in administrator.)

4. Click “Reboot”. Unplug your USB and then confirm restarting the computer.

5. When Windows 7 welcome screen appears, built-in administrator will be shown on the screen and now you can select it to log on without password.

Option Two: Create a new admin account for Windows 7.

1. Click “Add User”.

2. When the add user dialog pops up, type new user name and password and then click “OK”.

3. The new user account with admin privileges will be shown in user list.

4. Click “Reboot”. When a confirm message pops up, remove your USB and then click “Yes” to restart the computer.

5. When the Windows 7 login screen appears, you can use the created password to log on the new admin account.

This is 100% working for all versions of Windows 7 (32&64 bit): Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate. What’s more, you can use the bootable USB to fix password and user account problems in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, Vista, XP or server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003 as well.


Method 2: Enable Windows 7 Built-in Administrator Account and Get the Password with Command Prompt.

If there is no administrator account in your Windows 7 and you have to use the administrator privileges, how to use the built-in administrator which was disabled?

You can firstly enable the administrator account by using a Windows 7 installation disk. Here is the step-by-step guide about how to use Windows 7 installation disk to open “Command Prompt” and enable/active Windows 7 built-in administrator account. You also can use this to reset forgotten built-in administrator password without knowing it. So, if you have an official Windows 7 install media, now you are able to gain administrator privileges in Windows 7.

Step 1: Place a Windows 7 installation CD/DVD into the computer’s CD/DVD-ROM.

Step 2: Boot the computer from CD/DVD. (Here is the step-by-step guide.)

Step 3: Once your computer start and boot from your Windows 7 disc, it will ask you to press a key to continue. Just hit a key on your keyboard.

Step 4: PC successfully boots from CD/DVD. Windows Install screen appears. Select “Next”.

Step 5: Select “Repair your computer”.

Step 6: In the “System Recovery Options” window, it will show you where your Windows 7 installation is. In this guide, the Windows 7 was installed on D drive. Click “Next”.

Step 7: Select “Command Prompt”.

Step 8: Command Prompt window appears. Use the following commands to replace “cmd.exe” with “sethc.exe”.

1. Type “d:” and then press “Enter”. Note: If your Windows 7 installation is on C drive, please replace “d:” with “c:” in the command.

2. Type “cd windows” and then press “Enter”.

3. Type “cd system32” and then press “Enter”.

4. Type “ren sethc.exe sethc_bak.exe” and then press “Enter”.

5. Type “copy cmd.exe sethc.exe” and then press “Enter”.

Step 9: Close Command Prompt and then click “Restart”.

Step 10: Once Windows 7 login screen appears, hit “Shift” key five times to run “sethc.exe”.

1. In the command window, type “net user” and press “Enter”. All Windows 7 local user accounts include the built-in administrator will be shown.

2. To enable the built-in administrator account, type “net user administrator /active:yes” and then press “Enter”.

3. If you forget the administrator password, type “net user administrator 123456” and then press “Enter”. The administrator is now enabled and the password has been reset to “123456”.

4. Close the command window and then restart the computer.

5. When Windows 7 login screen appears, select administrator and enter the password “123456” to log on.


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