Lost Administrator Rights in Windows 10/11? Recover the Account via Windows RE

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Summary: This article tells you how to restore your user account’s lost administrator rights and privileges in Windows 10 and 11.

This article talks about the “lost administrator rights” issue caused by tampered user account group membership. Similar to the ‘lost password’ scenario, losing your account’s administrator rights & privileges is an awkward lock-out situation where the user can’t run anything that requires elevation.

If your user account has lost admin rights, it may have been caused by malware. Or you may have inadvertently set yourself a “Standard User” via Account settings or configured the Local Security Policy or user account group membership incorrectly.

This means you can’t go back to the User Account settings page and set yourself as administrator. In such cases, the Yes button in the UAC dialog will be missing or grayed out.

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How to Edit the Registry Offline Using Windows Recovery Environment

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Sometimes, you may need to edit the Windows registry in offline mode to rectify a situation where Windows doesn’t boot after modifying some settings recently. Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) is an extremely useful platform that provides various system recovery options to diagnose and repair an unbootable Windows installation.

This post explains in detail how to edit the Windows registry offline, via Recovery Environment. The screenshots are from a Windows 10 computer. The instructions apply to Windows 11 as well.Read more

How to Run System File Checker (SFC) Offline in Windows 10 & Earlier

The System File Checker (sfc.exe) is a useful tool that lets you scan the integrity of Windows system files and repair corrupt or missing system files. Numerous cases have been resolved by running the sfc.exe /scannow command.

However, there are situations wherein a corrupt or missing system file prevents Windows from booting normally or prevents Command Prompt and console programs like Sfc.exe from being launched. In such cases, Sfc.exe can be run offline via the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) in all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.Read more