Get Administrator rights in your windows limited account

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on March 12, 2008



One of our readers Akhilesh submitted a problem “In my system administrator account is disabled and I have a local user account,but I have no admin right.please give me some solution”

Such a problem can be solved on two ways, one is to Reset the administrator password and login using Administrator account. First way is already published here.

The other solution is to “Promote your user account to gain admin rights.” In this post we will cover this method, which provides administrator rights to the user by promoting the user account.

Lets see how to fix it.


For this we will use the method detailed in our post windows password reset. See the post at this link. Follow steps 1 to 7 from this post. After following step 1 to 7, follow the steps below:

8. Now it will show following choices

1. Clear the password

2. Edit password

3. Promote user

4. Unlock account

5. Quit

Type 3 and press enter.

9. Type the username of the user you want to promote and press enter.


select user

10. After this it will show a menu as seen below. Type 3 and press enter.

promote option

11. After you press enter, it will show a warning. Type y and press enter to continue.

promote warning

12. Now type ! and press enter to come to previous menu, here type q to quit and press enter.

13. It will now say, About to write files, at this type y and press enter.

14. It will ask to Run again. Now take the CD out of the tray and restart your computer.

Its Done! This user will have administrator rights next time you restart your windows PC.

Note: Your PC may not boot properly for one time after following this procedure, restart again if it shows some windows error.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Dennis March 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm

OK so the easy way to do this (Without any other software…)
1)Reboot your computer into safe mode with command prompt
2)Type “net localgroup Administrators username /add” and hit enter
3)Reboot computer into Windows normally
4)Logon and you’ll have admin privileges…I find this way SO much easier…

Rohit March 18, 2008 at 7:49 pm

@ Dennis
Thanks for the solution. However this works only if you are booting in safe mode using an administrator account to promote another user from limited to admin user. It does not work in case you are logged in using limited account.

abid April 16, 2008 at 9:05 am

hi.i have no administrator account access i,m loging as user
how can i login as administrator and use my own favorites?thanks

Shahzad July 17, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Somebody has changed my windows 2000 server password. Now i want to get it back or reset it how can i do it.
Is there some way to do it.
Is there some password database or file which can be changed to reset windows 2000 server password.

bill May 7, 2009 at 3:05 am

i was wondering if you can use that image/iso file and upload it on a usb device like a flash memory stick, and boot the program from there , is that possible….

nate February 8, 2010 at 2:54 pm

to change a password on windows 2000 is on any user go to start-all programs-accessories-command prompt. when in command prompt type NET USER (yourusername) * dont type the brackets and where it says your username obiviously you should type your own user name and remember to put a space before the * sign (shift+8) it should now say type new password for this user do that you will not be able to se what you typed press enter then type it again as it says prewss enter this should work it should says this command completed successfully now log off your that account and log in as the account whos password you just changed i hope this works for you shahzad p.s this only works for windows 2000 unless your on a admin account on another operating system to conact me for more detailed advice use my email address from above

maricos May 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm

i have administrator pass word and i login and i creat user acount but my administrator pass word is in active so how can i solv this problem?

T_Khan September 22, 2010 at 12:24 am

I tried the program on Win7 Ultimate and it worked great. But now I can’t erase the fake accounts I made, in order to test out the program. It won’t let me move them to any other user groups or take them off administrative, only thing I been able to do, is disabling them. Any solutions?

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