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How do I change standard user to administrator in Windows 8? You may have changed from administrator to standard user and you can not revert the change. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 options to promote standard user account to administrator in Windows 8.

Option 1: Change Standard User Account to Administrator from Control Panel

If you can login to Windows 8 using an alternate administrator account, you can elevate any standard user to administrator easily by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows + X key combination to bring up the Power User menu. Click on Control Panel.
  2. Under Control Panel, click on the “Change account type” link under the User Accounts and Family Safety section.

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  3. In the Manage Accounts window, click on the standard user account you want to change.
  4. On the next screen, click on the “Change the account type” link on the left column.

    change-account-type

  5. In the Change Account Type window, select the “Administrator” option and then click on “Change Account Type” button.

    change-standard-user-to-admin

  6. Now you’ve successfully changed a standard user account to administrator in Windows 8.

Option 2: Change Standard User Account to Administrator with PCUnlocker

If you can’t login to Windows 8 with any administrator account, you can also promote a standard user to administrator easily. But this requires you to have a bootable password recovery CD called PCUnlocker. Let’s see how it works:

  1. First of all, you need to use another computer to make a PCUnlocker Boot CD. Download the ISO image of PCUnlocker and burn it to a CD using ISO2Disc program.
  2. Boot your target PC from PCUnlocker Boot CD. Once the booting process is complete, the PCUnlocker program will start and show you a list of Windows accounts existing in your Windows SAM file.
  3. Choose a standard user account and click on “Reset Password” button. The program will remove your password and also promote your user account to administrator.

  4. Now restart the computer and remove the CD. You can then log back into Windows 8 and perform any administrative tasks. Because you’ve already changed your standard user account to administrator! It’s that simple!
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Aug
17
Posted on 17-08-2013
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Microsoft had previously announced that the Windows 8.1 RTM update will be released to OEMs by the end of August. Now finally Microsoft has announced that the Windows 8.1 will be released to public on October 18th.

The update will be available for free to Windows 8 users through the Windows Store.

Windows 8.1 has been available in a preview edition since late June. Users who’ve installed the preview already have a good idea what’s in store for the final version.

The new version of Windows offers a Start button, though not a Start menu. The button provides a visual cue to help you return to the Start screen. There’s also a Boot to Desktop option for folks who want to bypass the Start screen entirely.

People who use the Start screen will find easier ways to customize and personalize it. Specific features, such as the All Apps screen and the Search tool, have also been enhanced. Several of the built-in apps have been improved as well.

Microsoft has also continued to enhance Windows 8.1 since June, so even users of the preview edition will find a few surprises.

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So you’ve forgotten your VMware Windows guest password? Here’s how to reset it. These instructions focus on resetting lost Windows VM password through the VMware vSphere, but there’s no reason you couldn’t do it using VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion.

How to Reset A Lost VMware Windows Guest Password?

  1. Download the zipped ISO image of PCUnlocker and save it on your physical machine. Unzip the download file and you’ll get a bootable ISO image file: pcunlocker.iso.
  2. Open up your VMWare vSphere Client and log into your ESXi or ESX server. Turn off the virtual machine that you want to reset password for if it is running. Right-click the virtual machine and select “Edit Settings”.
  3. In the Hardware tab, select the “CD/DVD drive 1″. Under Device Type, check the “Client Device” to enable remote CD drive.

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  4. Switch to the Options tab, then select the “Boot Options”. Under the “Power-on Boot Delay” you can specify how long the delay will be when you start / restart a VM. I’ve set 2s delay on booting to give myself time to press the Esc key to access the Boot Menu.

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  5. Power on your virtual machine, it should display a BIOS screen with options at the bottom and a counter. press Esc key to access the Boot Menu.

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  6. In the top menu of vSphere client, click on the CD-ROM icon and select “CD/DVD Drive 1″ -> “Connect to ISO image on local disk”. Browse to the pcunlocker.iso file you’ve downloaded and click Open. The image is now mounted.

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  7. Choose the CD-ROM Drive from the Boot Menu and press Enter. It will boot off of the CD image.

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  8. In less than one minute, PCUnlocker program will start and it displays a list of Windows local accounts existing in your virtual machine. Choose a user account and click on “Reset Password” button. It will unlock / reset your forgotten Windows password instantly.

  9. Restart the virtual machine. you can then log back in to your VMware Windows guest virtual machine without a password! It’s that simple!
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Aug
06

If your Windows user account expires, then you’ll receive the error message “The user’s account has expired” when you try to log on with a expired Windows account.

In this situation, if you can log on using an alternate administrator account, you can then turn off the user account expiration easily by running the following command from an elevated Command Prompt:

net user Tom /expires:never

Replace Tom with your actual account’s name. However, things can get tricky if you don’t have an alternate admin account. But there is always solution for every problem. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to log in to Windows by turning off user account expiration from a bootable CD.

PCUnlocker is a bootable CD that is widely used to reset lost Windows password, but it can also be used to turn off user account expiration, enable a disabled account and unlock a locked-out user.

How to Unlock A Expired Windows User Account with PCUnlocker?

  1. Download the zipped ISO image of PCUnlocker using an alternate computer. Extract the pcunlocker.iso from the download file, and then burn it to a CD using ISO2Disc program.
  2. Now connect the CD to your computer that you’re trying gain access to. Change the boot order in BIOS and get the computer to boot from CD.
  3. Once booting from the CD, it will start the PCUnlocker program itself in less than one minute. The program automatically locates your Windows user account and displays the account properties. You can see the password expiration option, but the account expiration option is not shown on screen.
  4. Choose a user account and then click on “Reset Password” button. The program will then reset the password, unlock/enable a locked-out or disabled account, and turn off the account expiration.
  5. Restart your computer and remove the CD. You can then successfully log back in to your Windows account without any problem. It’s that simple!
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