Windows 8.1 Administrator Account No Longer Retains Its Privileges after Upgrading

Vivek Nayyar June 5, 2014 Comments Off

If you have upgraded your copy of Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, sometimes due to some unclear reasons, the first manually created administrator account automatically gets demoted to a standard user. This especially happens if the user has been added to multiple groups. When this happens, although the ‘Local Users and Groups’ tree in the Computer Management snap-in shows that the users still belongs to the Administrators group, you cannot change the settings from ‘Standard user’ to the ‘Administrator’ in the ‘User Accounts and Family Safety’ category in the Control Panel.
In order to rectify the issue, a short and simple workaround is that you should enable the built-in Administrator account, sign-in using the enabled Administrator user credentials, remove the manually created administrator account from all the groups to which it is added, and then add the account back to the Administrators group.
With the help of the above workaround, you should get your expected settings back, and in order to do so, you must follow the steps given below:
1. Log on to windows8/8.1 using administrator account.
2. From the Start screen, click the down-arrow to open the Apps window.
3. On the Apps window, under the Windows System section, click the Control Panel icon.
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4. On the All Control Panel Items window, click Administrative Tools.
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5. From the Administrative Tools window, double-click Computer Management.
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6. On the Computer Management interface, in the left pane, double-click Local Users and Groups, and click to select the Users container.
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7. Right-click the culprit user account.
8. Click Properties from the displayed context menu.
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9. On the user properties interface, go to the Member of tab.
10. From the displayed list, click to select each group individually, and click Remove to remove the group memberships.
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11. Once removed, on the same interface, click the Add button.
12. On the Select Groups window, in the Enter the object names to select field, type Administrators and click Check Names.
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13. Click OK on the Select Groups box, and back on the user properties box, click OK again to confirm the changes.
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14. Restart the computer, or at least log off and then log back in to allow the modifications to become applicable.

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