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For no reason my laptop switched my user account from admin to standard. It's my only user account so now it's in a mode where I can't switch it back to admin. What should I do?

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You can't switch the account back while using the account - that would be a security hole.

You will need to use another administrator account and use that to reset your user account.

Login as "Administrator" (the built in account) and do it from there.

However, as Matt points out:

Administrator is disabled by default. And you need to be an administrator to enable it.

and as Moab points out you can't boot into Safe mode and sort out the accounts from there.

Do you have another administrator account that you could use?

Once you've done that it would be worth investigating why your user account got switched - assuming you (or someone else) didn't do it.

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Administrator is disabled by default. And you need to be an administrator to enable it... :/ –  Majenko Mar 18 '11 at 12:33
    
@Matt - I forgot about that - I'm not using Windows 7 at the moment (but have in the past). –  ChrisF Mar 18 '11 at 12:34
    
Safe mode will not do it either, they closed that hole in Vista. –  Moab Mar 18 '11 at 12:55
    
@Moab - Oh. In that case I'm going to rework the answer (again!). –  ChrisF Mar 18 '11 at 12:59
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Well, when I say you have to be admin to enable admin, I am not 100% certain of that if the admin account has never been activated in the past - you could give it a go with C:\> net user Administrator /active yes and see if it enables it –  Majenko Mar 18 '11 at 13:12
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Just create another admin account. And then use it to upgrade your old account.

There is a reason why the default Admin is disabled. It is a potential security. It's ID and name is well known and unchanged from system to system.

I don't see the point of all these "tips" that will enable the account. It doesn't do anything that any other Admin account can't do. Enabling it just increases the attack surface of your machine and opens a vulnerability that you don't need. Even worse, some machines have their local security policy set so the built-in Administrator account has auto approve UAC controls. It just sounds like a vulnerability that you don't need.

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