Accidentally deleted Admin account? Here’s how to fix that

Elsie Otachi By: Elsie Otachi
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If you accidentally deleted an administrator account on your computer, whether you were in a rush to do something, or perchance something else contributed to this event, there are known ways to resolve the issue.

Check on the following considerations before you move to resolving the issue:

  • The number of administrator accounts on your computer
  • How you deleted the administrator account (because it isn’t possible if you’re using a standard or guest account)
  • Did you delete a local administrator or Microsoft account administrator account?

Here are tried solutions that can help recover your administrator account on your computer.

What to do if you deleted the admin account?

  1. Create another Administrator account
  2. Enable Built-in Administrator account
  3. Perform System Restore
  4. Perform a System Reset
  5. Reinstall the previous operating system then perform another Windows Upgrade
  6. Boot into Safe Mode then use Built-in Administrator

1. Create another Administrator account

  1. Click Start
  2. Select Settings
  3. Go to Accounts
  4. Click Family & other people family & other users
  5. Click Add someone else to this PC
  6. Type a user name, password, and password hint
  7. Click Next
  8. Click on Change account type
  9. Click the drop down arrow and choose Administrator to set the account to administrator level
  10. Disable the previous administrator account
  11. Restart your computer
  12. Login to the new account you just created

 


2. Enable Built-in Administrator account

Follow these steps to execute this:

  1. Right click Start
  2. Select Run
  3. Type net user administrator /active:yes
  4. Close the command prompt
  5. The built-in administrator will be available to sign into
  6. Restart your computer

Go into administrator account and change the standard account to an administrator account using the steps below:

  1. Click Start
  2. Go to the search field box
  3. Type User account
  4. Click Settings
  5. Click on the User account
  6. Click Change account type
  7. Select the account you want to make into an administrator account

Disable the previous administrator account by following these steps:

  1. Right click Start
  2. Select Command prompt
  3. Type user administrator /active:yes
  4. Close the command prompt
  5. The built-in Administrator will be available to select and sign into
  6. Restart your computer

Your standard account is now your admin account, and the previous admin account is disabled.


3. Perform System Restore

If you enabled user account control on your computer then the admin accounts were accidentally deleted, perform a system restore and see if it helps.

Here’s how to perform a system restore when your admin account is deleted:

  1. Sign in through your Guest account
  2. Lock the computer by pressing Windows key + L on the keyboard
  3. Click on the Power button
  4. Hold Shift then click Restart
  5. Click Troubleshoot
  6. Click Advanced Options
  7. Click System restore
  8. Follow the instructions to complete the process

Check if this restores your account. If it persists, try the next solution.


4. Perform a System Reset

  1. Sign in through your Guest account
  2. Lock the computer by pressing Windows key + L on the keyboard
  3. Click on the Power button
  4. Hold Shift then click Restart
  5. Click Troubleshoot
  6. Click Reset
  7. Follow the instructions to complete the process, then check if Windows is re-installed.

If the issue is still there, try the next solution.


5. Reinstall the previous operating system then perform another Windows Upgrade

Reinstall your computer’s previous operating system using the installation CD/DVD, then upgrade to Windows 10 again.


6. Boot into Safe Mode then use Built-in Administrator

Safe mode starts up your computer with limited files and drivers but Windows will still run. To know whether you’re on Safe mode, you’ll see the words at the corners of your screen.

If the issue persists, check whether it occurs while your computer is in Safe mode.

There are two versions:

  • Safe mode
  • Safe mode with Networking

The two are similar, though the latter includes network drivers and other services necessary to access the web and other computers in the same network.

Follow these steps to start your computer in Safe Mode:

  1. Click on Start button
  2. Select Settings – the Settings box will open up
  3. Click Update & Security
  4. Select Recovery from the left pane
  5. Go to Advanced startupadvanced startup recovery windows 10
  6. Click Restart now
  7. Select Troubleshoot from the choose an option screen, then click Advanced options
  8. Go to Startup Settings and click Restart
  9. Once your computer restarts, a list of options will come up.startup settings enable safe mode
  10. Choose 4 or F4 to start your computer in Safe Mode

 

A quicker way to get into Safe Mode is to restart your computer then do the following:

  1. From the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot>Advanced options>Startup Settings>Restart
  2. Once your computer restarts, a list of options will come up.
  3. Choose 4 or F4 to start your computer in Safe Mode

Once you’re in Safe Mode, the built-in admin account should become automatically available for you to use (it doesn’t come with a default password).

Use the built-in admin account to reset your own administrator account password, then restart your computer to resume operation normalcy.

If you didn’t have any other accounts and you were already using built-in admin account, you have to erase the computer, and then re-install windows. This involves rebooting while pressing a special key such as DEL or ESC.

Contact your computer’s manufacturer before you do it.

Any luck with these solutions? Let us know by leaving us a comment in the section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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