After installing Windows 10, I changed my Administrator account password, losing my EFS-encryption on some system files according to this fine print which I didn't read in my haste to make sure I had a working password: enter image description here

Now, I can't downgrade because it keeps giving me the error when trying to downgrade that I need to remove Administrator (even though I restored its de-activated state through "net user Administrator /active:no" command). enter image description here

If anyone has any solution at all... I will try anything.

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I'm not 100% sure if this'll work, but I think it is failing because it still finds the profile on your computer.

The following steps are for windows 8 (can't test it on 10 right now, but I bet they're nearly the same)

  1. Right click start button
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Open System
  4. Choose Advanced System Settings
  5. Under tab Advanced, Frame User Profiles, press Settings...
  6. Select the user and hit Delete
  • Wow! What a bold solution! It works! :) thank you
    – Ahmed
    Aug 15, 2015 at 5:53
  • Never mind... This allowed the downgrade but I am stuck in a BSOD login screen boot loop. I will have to reformat and reinstall everything.
    – Ahmed
    Aug 15, 2015 at 11:19
  • I can't do anything about that, but that still makes my answer the solution to your question. Why did you unaccept it?
    – LPChip
    Aug 15, 2015 at 11:49
  • Is it a legitimate solution? Let me see if it was a driver issue.
    – Ahmed
    Aug 15, 2015 at 14:30
  • I can go into safe mode by normal start up goes into a Loop with black screen and wifi icon looping where logon screen is supposed to come... Any ideas?
    – Ahmed
    Aug 15, 2015 at 15:24

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