What is the purpose of this tool?

ELEV8 itself is a small program (~200 KB only) with the ability to (de-)activate the hidden administrator account of your Microsoft Windows installation with ease. It’s no longer necessary to memorize complicated shell commands and perform several restarts. This saves a lot of time, especially for experienced administrators and repair shops.

Which operating systems are supported?

The official support is limited to Microsoft Windows NT 5.1 and 6.x. This includes:

  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Microsoft Windows 10

Excluded are the respective server versions.

What’s the current development status?

The tool is at the end of the alpha state. Unfortunately, I’m currently having no time to resume with the removal of existing bugs and the development of new features. Anyway, the most critical errors got fixed and the tool should operate as intended.

Planned licensing?

The project has no major commercial purpose. Nevertheless, there’s currently no plan to offer a free public release, as it would may conflict with some terms regarding the Windows PE boot medium, which every user would have to create on its own, but also with my conscience regarding an abused usage. At the moment, I’m only offering a time limited evaluation version of the tool to a small circle of users. These are capable to access the “member area” with their login credentials, where they can obtain the latest version of the application and the boot disk image.

What are the requirements?

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 or higher (preinstalled on the offered disk image)
  • compatible hardware (boot image is based on Windows 10 PE)
  • an empty medium (cd-rom or pen drive) with at least 750 MB free space
  • a valid license file

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