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Windows 7: Built-in OEM Administrator Account Issues

10 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Built-in OEM Administrator Account Issues

I've read the tutorial here on enabling/disabling built-in user accounts, but I'm still in a bit of a jam here. Here's the situation... My computer is two weeks old and the operating system (Windows 7 Professional 64-bit) was installed by the retailer where I purchased the computer. Since my computer arrived, I've always been logging in to an Administrator user account. Three days ago I received a warning that the password would soon expire. Yesterday the password expired and I entered a new one. Then the fun started...

The next time I logged in, I noticed there were two icons on the login screen, "Administrator" and "Other User" (or something very similar). In addition there was a message in red that the Administrator account has been disabled and to contact the administrator. Well, I am the only one who uses the computer, so I need some outside help, lol.

With the Administrator account disabled, everytime I log in, I either get a message saying that the Administrator account has been disabled, a bit of a nuisance or that "the username or password is incorrect" (if I set a password for the account). Now if I enable the account, when I restart my computer I automatically log in to the built-in Administrator account, and none of my files are there (all my files, desktop, etc. are under my named user account). In addition, in order to access my account, I need to click on Other User and type my name and password (not very convenient).

Ideally I'd like to (all three):
A: stop seeing the message about the Administrator account being disabled.
B: stop Windows from automatically logging in to the built-in Administrator account.
C: see an icon with my name on the login screen that I can click on (as opposed to having to click on the Other User icon and typing my name and password).

(not that I don't really care whether the Administrator user account option is available or not). As far as I can tell there is no documentation on making a certain user account the default, is that correct? Needless to say it's quite unnerving to have these kinds of issues on a 2-week old computer! I realize this is a bit of a specialized problem, but I'm praying that someone here can help.

PS: I tried deleting the Administrator built-in user account but at the last dialog box, Windows stopped me saying that you cannot delete built-in user accounts (in any case I later read that this is not suggested).

PPS: On a side note, I'm really curious how all this happened!!!

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10 Sep 2011   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Since you have Professional, then:
| type LUSRMGR.MSC | ENTER

Now click on "user" in the left-pane.

You will see all users listed in the middle pane.

Here you can enable, disable, change passwords, in fact, everything.

If you log in as the Built-in Administrator, then you can select your normal admin account and change the password, and of course, you can change the time period, in fact, you can disable that time-period.

It appears that someone set, either here or by means of GPEDIT.MSC, your account settings.
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11 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thank you, but enabling/disabling accounts and setting/changing passwords is not the issue. The problem is that:

* when the built-in Administrator account is disabled, at startup I receive a message to that effect (the Administrator account has been disabled, please see your administrator)

* when the built-in Administrator account is enabled and no password is set, at startup I am automatically logged in to that account (instead of my named user account with all my programs)

* when the built-in Administrator account is enabled and I have set a password, at startup I see the message "The username or password is incorrect"

Those are the only three scenarios that I am able to produce, all of which are a nuisance. Basically what I would like is to not see any message about the Administrator account being disabled and for my user name to be visible at login so that I can click on it.

If only there was a way to make a certain user account the "default" user account. What's mind-boggling is that everything was running smoothly yesterday, it was only after the built-in Administrator account password expired, and I changed it, that I the login process became so messy. Additionally, it used to take about 10 seconds to get from the Windows splash screen to the desktop, now it takes 30 seconds (there is a long delay with the message "Windows is starting up").
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11 Sep 2011   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Using lusrmgr.msc:
1. enable the built-in account

Reboot your computer.

Choose the built-in administrator account to log in.

run lusrmgr.msc

edit password and anything else for you desired admin account, be sure and enable the desired admin account, when finished and lusrmgr closed, then

Reboot your computer.

Now you should be able to log in.

If you still have troubles then:
control panel | User Accounts |
Manage another account (in the middle pane) |
using the snipping tool make a snip of what is shown and attach to your next post.
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11 Sep 2011   #5

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

@HandsomeP:


I don't understand why they would have configured the OS this way to begin with they could have simply left it up to you, the buyer to set up your own admin account. You need to contact them and ask about this. This is unacceptable if you ask me. If this can't be easily solved I'd want a new unit.
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11 Sep 2011   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

@thread starter,

Please simply post a new msg rather than going back and changing a previous msg. This only produces confusion.

We don't go back and review all of the posts each time we check in, but rather we read the new additions to the thread.
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11 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

@legacy7955: I looked up built-in accounts and according to:
Enable and Disable the Built-in Administrator Account

"Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and system builders are required to disable the built-in Administrator account before delivering the computers to customers."

For the first two weeks, I was simply logging in as Administrator and it worked fine (although I have read it's recommended not to use the built-in Administrator account for day to day use). Strangely though, when it came to reset the password, that password change spawned a new account with my user name. The user account contained all my stuff which is great, but every restart I was greeted with the message "Your Administrator account has been disabled, please see your administrator" which wasn't pleasant, and additionally, there was no icon with my user name, I had to instead click the "Other User" icon and type my username and password (not the end of the world, but not ideal).

@Karlsnooks: I did as you said, but am greeted by the message "The username or password is incorrect" on restart. This is before I even type a password.

Is there any way to specify a "default" user account in Windows 7? It seems that there should be a very easy fix to this, but barring an easy fix, here are three ideas:

1. If I do a System Restore to a few days ago but at the same time tell Windows that the Administrator password does not expire (without losing that setting during the system restore) that might let me continue as before?

2. Someone mentioned a registry edit here:
Parallels Forums - View Single Post - Windows 7 - The username or password is incorrect

Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>Microsoft>Windows NT>CurrentVersion>Winlogon
Locate the string value named: AutoAdminLogon, click on it and change the value data to: 0

3. Copy all the files from the named user account to the Administrator account. I am wary of this though, as there may be hidden files, some special files I'm not meant to copy, file permission problems later, etc.

Thanks again for any light you can shed. Idea #2 looks simple and promising. If I change the password for the built-in Administrator account back to no password at all, but disable the automatic login, that would probably solve all my problems I think.
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11 Sep 2011   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

You can or you can not log on to the computer in questiion.

Which is it?
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11 Sep 2011   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I CAN log on to both my user account and to the Administrator account. The problem is how messy the process has become (error messages, not being able to click on an icon showing my user name). I end up with one of these three scenarios:

* when the built-in Administrator account is disabled, at startup I receive an "error message" to that effect (the Administrator account has been disabled, please see your administrator)

* when the built-in Administrator account is enabled and no password is set, at startup I am automatically logged in to the built-in Administrator account (instead of my named user account with all my programs)

* when the built-in Administrator account is enabled and I have set a password, at startup I see the message "The username or password is incorrect"

Might this have to with the fact that the "User must enter a user name and password to use this computer" is unchecked?
Tip: Auto-Login Your Windows 7 User Account | Cool Stuff | Channel 9
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11 Sep 2011   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Autologin should be avoided if you want your system to be securer. If you don't care if every tom, dick, and harry can come up and log on to your computer then go ahead and do auto login.

Yes you should always require a user-name and password.

Before I get further along, I need that snippet I requested.
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