No administrators on the machine except Administrator, whoops
Hi guys, on a scale of 1-10 how stuffed am I?
Building a laptop with Windows 7, and we're only tentatively dipping our toes into the Windows 7 waters at the moment, so still got a lot to learn. I'm applying my XP knowledge to this brave new world, and getting my fingers burnt.
In XP, we'd have two users on the machine - Administrator, and User. User is a member of the Users group, whilst of course Administrator is a member of the Administrators group. AutoAdminLogon is set to log the machine in automatically as User (after the Novell login has happened), and when we need to do administrative stuff on the machine we do a RunAs on Computer Management, launch it as Administrator, and add User to the Administrators group.
Now, I came to replicate this procedure on Windows 7. I have successfully made User a member of the Users group instead of Administrators, and that's fine. However, the problem comes when I need to add them back to the Administrators group. It won't let me do a RunAs Administrator. It says there's some kind of policy in place to disallow that.
We don't have an Active Directory, we're not using any kind of Group Policy, so this must be a default Local Policy.
So, my problem is that the only user on the machine that's a member of the Administrators group is Administrator, and I can't log in as Administrator.
I've tried in Safe Mode and that didn't help. The Administrator account definitely has a password set, and the prompts that appear say 'to continue, type an administrator password, and then click Yes'. Well, there's nowhere to type a password, and Yes is greyed out.
Does anyone have any suggestions please, or am I going to have to wipe the machine and start again?