Solved How to get rid of Windows 7 Enterprise Administrator account

Microsoft / Windows 7 enterprise sp1(...
June 21, 2016 at 11:26:19
Specs: Windows 7, 4096 D MMb
I have bought this 2nd hand PC with Win 7 Enterprise installed. It was part of a domain and this is my problem. Whatever I try to do I'm asked for an Administrator's password. Seller is not known anymore. How can I get rid of this? Thanks in advance

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June 21, 2016 at 13:29:52

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#2
June 21, 2016 at 14:18:11
Thank you. I have read the Q&A's and it seems rather daunting...

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#3
June 21, 2016 at 14:28:08
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Windows 7 Enterprise is not a retail product but normally available only to large organizations with volume licensing. As such you most likely do not have a legal right to use the software and activation may fail.

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#4
June 21, 2016 at 16:14:58
Does it have a restore partition you can boot to? If so just do a reinstall.

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#5
June 21, 2016 at 18:27:12
Create the disc, boot off it & it will load a Linux command line interface. You will have to type in commands to clear any passwords but if you carefully read & follow the instructions, you should be able to do it. Did you look at the walkthrough? Here's the quickie instructions:

"There are several steps to go through:
- Disk select with optional loading of disk drivers
- PATH select, where are the Windows systems files stored
- File-select, what parts of registry we need
- Then finally the password change or registry edit itself
- If changes were made, write them back to disk"

No changes will be made to Windows until you complete the final step. If you bail out at any time before confirming the write-back, Windows will remain untouched.

https://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd...

It beats reinstalling Windows from scratch. You can always go that route if the above fails.


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#7
June 21, 2016 at 22:19:54
LMiller7 is right.. The company it was part of still exist and I can't mess with their domain setup and settings. I need to quietly get rid of the Administrator's account.
I managed to delete a 2nd Administrator through dos prompt but there my efforts stopped. On top of that I don't have an install disk.

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#8
June 21, 2016 at 22:46:56
"On top of that I don't have an install disk"
Ok time to make one, I put all my operating systems on an USB, using Rufus.

http://mirror.corenoc.de/digitalriv...

Rufus
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/Rufus_...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/screen...
http://rufus.akeo.ie/
UEFI
Select the GPT partition scheme for UEFI computers.


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#10
June 21, 2016 at 22:51:00
Take this computer back to the company who sold it to you and ask them to put it right.

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#11
June 21, 2016 at 23:53:42
If this is (was) a company PC, with a corporate version of the OS, likely it was installed using a corporate or bulk key. Presuming so... you are quite possibly going ito run into update issues...; especially if the company re-applies the key, originally assigned to this computer, to another in their possession.

This will also apply to any software installed (MS Office etc. at least); it will still be "their" registration which applies.

If you were part of the company, and were still employed by them, then one might be legally able to run on the corporate keys; but it seems this is not case re' this computer.

You may find it wise(r) to get a standard version of the OS, and rebuild the system...?

Also are you absolutely sure you haven't bought something that wasn't legally the vendor's to sell? I ask this as you say the seller is not known anymore...? A little suspicious to say the least?

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#12
June 22, 2016 at 00:45:34
In principle, the IT department just don't sell off/dump computers with company software on! It would have been wiped off the disk before disposing the machine.

Wondering how the seller(!!??) sold a property of his former (??!!) company unnoticed??


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#13
June 22, 2016 at 02:05:50
Ok lots to answer for. This guy's job required him to purchase a new one every 3 years. He was subsidised and the old one became his property. Like a sub vehicle scheme. Yes the company should have had strict policy in place to clear all redundunt pc's before it became his property. Well, it didn't happen and I'm sitting with it. I must add all company info has been deleted it's just that the Administrator is still installed, and probably done by the manufacturer on specs from company. looking back, I was probably dumb to buy it. The price was good.
I also found that the product key on the bottom of the pc does not correspond with the one revealed by Belarc Advisor. Belarc only reveals the last set of digits of the current version.

I think I should follow #11 and install a new HDD and OS. I have read very negative comments about Win10. Should I rather go 8.1 or even 7 again? Comments appreciated.

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#14
June 22, 2016 at 02:32:50
No need to change the hard drive... It can reconfigured during a new installation.

Create two partitions; one for OS/apps. etc, the other for data...

Personally I'd go with Win-7 Pro.


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#15
June 22, 2016 at 02:39:16
"I have read very negative comments about Win10"
I installed it, as soon as it was available, works beautifully.
Do your homework first.
Every program, operating system get negative remarks.

"install a new HDD"
If you Delete all the partitions during the install, it will be completely clean.

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#16
June 22, 2016 at 03:02:30
If you opt for win-10 (and it seems to be a Marmite situation with Win-10 - you either "love it" or "hate it") double check with the computer's website re' all drivers being available for it - first...?

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#17
June 22, 2016 at 03:16:22
"you either "love it" or "hate it""
That happens every time a new operating system comes out.

As is always the case, some people prefer to listen to the negative side if things, whilst the silent majority ( millions ) give it a go & are 100% happy.

There is a learning curve with every new operating system.


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#18
June 22, 2016 at 03:36:28
No I'm not negative but a novice has to be led by pros. I think Leo Notenboom is a pro but comments on his website by a lot of guys didn't rate win 10 very high. That aside. If the present Administrator won't allow me to change anything, will I be able to format the disk in prep for a new OS?

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#19
June 22, 2016 at 03:45:01
"will I be able to format"
A format is not good enough, delete all the partitions.

"in prep for a new OS?"
Only if you have a genuine Product key, that matches exactly the operating system you want to install.


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#20
June 22, 2016 at 04:29:08
Definitely delete all partitions and reconfigure the drive afresh (2 partitions as in my #14).

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#21
June 22, 2016 at 04:42:10
Johnw you make me feel like I'm a criminal(LOL). No I have ALWAYS had a genuine product key for all my previous machines. Yes I will delete all partitions first but you haven't answered one question. Will the Administrator allow me? I have a moment ago tried to install a printer and Administrator denied it! As he denies everything. I couldn't delete a photo on my external drive saying I have not enough permission to do it. Any case I'm just offloading all my data and then I will go for the big step.

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#22
June 22, 2016 at 05:09:45
"Johnw you make me feel like I'm a criminal(LOL)"
Sorry, can't assume anything.

"Will the Administrator allow me?"
At this point in time we don't know if that password is in the bios or other.

Did you try > Lazesoft Recover My Password Home Edition

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#23
June 22, 2016 at 06:22:28
I wonder if there is an IT department in that company. It would be easy, for them, to disconnect the PC from the domain remotely.

If you have a (win 7??) product key on your case, download a win 7 ISO (Home, Pro or Ultimate, see sticker) and install it.
If you wish you wish you can upgrade to win10.

Win10 desktop (explorer) has most of win 7 configuration panels an option windows.
To make it more accessible to the general user, they (tried) to add more attractive easier to use and understand panels.
Whether is run better on your PC depends on your existing applications and configurations. In my opinion there is not much to loose in upgrading. Just make sure you have a backup on your important data.



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#24
June 22, 2016 at 07:54:13
As I said the p key on the case differs from the one inside. I thonk I'm gonna go for 10.

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#25
June 22, 2016 at 09:55:00
You guys are right. It is criminal to use something that belongs to someone else so it's easy...I'm going to replace it with a brand new OS and Office 2016. By trying to recover the password is like a crook breaking into a house...I rest my case. Thanks to all of you. I will be back with asking for advice in the partitioning process.

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#26
June 22, 2016 at 13:49:04
"I think I should follow #11 and install a new HDD and OS"

No, I think you should follow #5 & delete the admin password. You certainly don't need to replace the HDD, even if you decide to reinstall Windows.

Windows built-in admin account is like matter - it cannot be created or destroyed. It can be enabled or disabled though. You are no longer using the company network or domain so I don't know why you're making such a big deal out of this. Boot off the disc, delete any & all passwords for ALL user accounts found, then boot into Windows & disable the built-in admin account. Delete all the unneeded user accounts too, if there are any.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...


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#27
June 22, 2016 at 16:28:05
The product keys don't match because either the OS is an upgrade from what was originally installed or the company was licensed to install the same thing on each machine from the same disks. If you ran belarc on all the PCs of the same model in that office likely all those keys would be the same. The key on the sticker is just an individual license to run windows on that computer.

You ask if administrator will allow you to delete/format the partitions. No, but all that is done outside of the present installation on the drive anyway. You'd boot from a separate disk and administrator won't have a say in it then.


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#28
June 22, 2016 at 16:48:22
"I will be back with asking for advice in the partitioning process"

I gave up partitioning 10 years ago, gets too messy controlling the space.
You have to allow a lot for Cache & other growth, particularly as you upgrade each operating system.

Benefits of multiple partitions & Disadvantages of multiple partitions
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_...


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#29
June 23, 2016 at 05:57:18
Thanks guys. Nice to hear from you agsin as eell Dave. I'll report back soon.

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#30
June 23, 2016 at 05:58:26
Sorry for the speling errors.

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#31
June 23, 2016 at 05:59:24
I meant spelling.

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#32
June 23, 2016 at 17:11:22
A thought... The key on the base of the computer would have referred to, and be assigned etc. to, that system as delivered. If per chance it was a win-7 system (not the Enterprise version) you "may" be able to use it with a win-7 installation afresh using whichever version that key refers to?

As you are now the owner of the computer, and likely the company assgned a bulk Enterprise key to the Enterprise nstallation, I can't see any legal issues being transgressed.

Nothing to lose by either borrowing a win-7 dvd (whichever version you think that key refers to; and I suspect it is Pro) and see if the key will register? Similarly if you download an ISO - which can be done legally - and M$ have a download site, but do require a valid key to actually obtain/access the ISO download. If you were able to locate the site, "offer" the key you have... and it's accepted... then away you go?


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#33
June 23, 2016 at 17:44:36
Dave mentioned the recovery partition early on, did you by any chance explore this option?

If the recovery partition is present it will overwrite the existing OS partition with the original and the licensing will revert to the original too. There is a chance that this partition was deleted with the enterprise upgrade however.


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#34
June 24, 2016 at 00:54:39
Where do I check fo restore partition?

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#35
June 24, 2016 at 01:47:48
There are different methods.

What is the make and model of the computer?


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#36
June 26, 2016 at 11:59:52
It's a Dell Vostro.

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#37
June 27, 2016 at 00:36:53
Here is a guide:

http://www.dell.com/support/article...


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#38
June 27, 2016 at 23:32:50
Thanks. I will explore that avenue and be back.

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#39
June 27, 2016 at 23:34:51
Btw I have been able to disable Administrator but couldn't manage to delete it.

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#40
July 2, 2016 at 05:18:05
Windows built-in admin account is like matter - it cannot be created or destroyed.

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#41
July 2, 2016 at 09:05:59
I think I can live with that. I'm able to do on the machine what I got it for including sending and receiving emails although not through Outlook. .So all seems well. Thanks all of you

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