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How to Create Admin Account When Can't Sign in Windows 10

In order to create a new user account on Windows 10, generally you need to sign in to an administrator account or a regular user account with administrative rights. However, occasionally, you may can’t sign in Windows 10 as any of your user accounts because of forgetting password or some other errors. Even so, don’t worry. You still can create admin account when you can’t sign in Windows 10.

2 ways to create administrator account when you can’t sign in Windows 10

Way 1: Create administrator account for Windows 10 with command line

As you’ve lost access to all your user accounts, you can’t open Command Prompt in Windows 10. Therefore, you need to get a Command Prompt and use command lines with the help of a Windows 10 setup/installation disc.

Step 1: Boot your PC from a Windows 10 setup/installation disc.

Tips: If you have no any Windows 10 disc, burn a Windows 10 ISO to a USB or CD/DVD drive to instantly create one.

Step 2: When you get to Windows Setup screen, press Shift + F10 to bring out a cmd.exe dialog. Then execute the following three command lines.

Replace utilman.exe file with cmd.exe file

1. Type move d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe.bak and press Enter to make a copy of utilman.exe file.

2. Type copy d:windows\system32\cmd.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe and press Enter to replace utilman.exe file with cmd.exe file.

3. Type wpeutil reboot, press Enter, and disconnect the Windows 10 disc from the computer to reboot Windows 10.

Note: Replace d:\ with your system drive letter.

Step 3: When Windows 10 reboots up and comes to the sign-in screen, click the Ease of Access icon. This should open a Command Prompt dialog because you have replaced the Utilman.exe file with cmd.exe file in the second step above. Then execute the following two command lines to create a new admin account for your Windows 10.

Add admin account in Windows 10 with command lines

1. Type net user /add [username] [password] and press Enter to create a new user account.

2. Type net localgroup administrators [username] /add and press Enter to add the newly created user account to your Windows 10 administrator group.

Tips: To restore the utilman.exe file, reboot your computer again from Windows 10 disc, when getting to Windows setup screen press Shift + F10 to open command prompt, and then execute copy d:\utilman.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe command line.

Way 2: Create admin account for Windows 10 with iSumsoft disk

When you can’t sign in to your Windows 10, there is another easier way to create a new administrator account, that’s using an iSumsoft disk.

Step 1: Create an iSumsoft disk

1. On any one computer you can access as administrator, download and install iSumsoft Windows Password Refxier program.

2. Launch this program and follow its steps to burn it into a USB device or CD/DVD flash drive to create a bootable disk.

Create an iSumsoft disk

Step 2: Boot computer from USB/CD drive

Connect the iSumsoft disk to your Windows 10 computer. Start computer and access to UEFI (BIOS) to set your Windows 10 computer to boot from USB device or CD/DVD-ROM.

Step 3: Create new admin account on Windows 10

When computer boots up from iSumsoft disk, click Add User button. Type a user name and password (optional) to create a new administrator account for your Windows 10.

Add new user

After that, click Reboot and exit the iSumsoft disk from the computer. Your computer will restart normally, and then you can see the newly created admin account display on Windows 10 sign-in screen.