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Windows 7: Unhide Hidden Administrator

10 Oct 2009   #1
mwmisner

Windows 7
 
 
Unhide Hidden Administrator

So i feel really "smart" right now...



I was Setting up Windows 7 RC1 on my mom's PC.(id did this because of a corrupt sector on her HDD. I went into Safe mode and took all of her documents off of computer. I then installed a secondary HDD on her computer(80gb) for windows to use as the Master hard disk. then then used the Main HDD(200gb) as a place to store all of her files.

After finishing customizing windows by installing the Essential programs(Firefox,office,zune). I then made my mothers account and my sisters account. after i made their accounts i decided to find a way to hide my admin account by editing a registry key.(i followed this tutorial: here)

Right now I cannot Preform any commands the require administrator approval. when i try to run any program as an administrator it brings up the normal dialog, But the "Yes" button with the blue and yellow shield is grayed out. When i try to to to log in to the account at the log in screen i press "Control"+"ALT"+"Delete" and nothing happens. I cannot change the Registry key back with out admin access.

I am not even for sure what to search for. i have spent several hours on Google with no luck. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Mwmisner
(I Just Caught My Spelling Mistake in thread Title)


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10 Oct 2009   #2
gregrocker

 

The first thing I do when I install is to google "enable adminstrator account" and then run the CMD as administrator. Then log off and log back in as administrator, delete the named account and operate from there as Administrator. You will never be bugged for administrator anything, which means that you won't be asked to second guess everything you do.
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10 Oct 2009   #3
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

There is a hidden super admin account. You have access to the computer right?
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10 Oct 2009   #4
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

No need to google, You can have a look here:
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
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11 Oct 2009   #5
Flavius

Windows 7 Professional x64 PL
 
 

Alternative method to unhide account (if it was only one user admin account) is edit system registry from WinRE this means:

1.Boot Win 7 DVD,go to command prompt and type regedit -it open registry editor

2.Click on HKLM hive and next navigate File>>Load hive

navigate to C:\Windows\System32\config folder and choose SOFTWARE file load it and assign this hive any name for example REM_SOFTWARE

3.Open key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\REM_SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList
and remove this account or better way remove the whole key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\REM_SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts

see also:Load a hive into the registry: Core Services

examples from forum (although there are completely differents threads) how to edit registry remotely

Can't Delete Registry Key - Page 2 - Vista Forums (from post 17)

Solved Vista x64 error code 80070424 - Page 2 - Vista Forums (posts 20 and 21)
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11 Oct 2009   #6
mwmisner

Windows 7
 
 

thanks for all of your help, i will try using the install disk to get to the cmd, but when i tried to do this thru safe mode i got an access denied sreen. i will not be able to try this till later, but thanks again
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11 Oct 2009   #7
y0himba

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Are you guys saying there is a SECOND administrator account along with the Administrator account that can easily be unhidden and shows up on the log in screen? So there are actually two built in administrator accounts, but one is super hidden?
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11 Oct 2009   #8
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

When you start Win7 first time after installation, you in fact have already two accounts: The first user account created when installing, which automatically has administrative rights, and the built-in, hidden administrator account.

Kari
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11 Oct 2009   #9
y0himba

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes I know that, I am wondering if there is another administrator account over and above the one that is hidden by default. People are describing a "Super secret" or "Super hidden" administrator account. If they are speaking of the default Administrator account, then this is a very poor way of describing it.

To enable the build-in Administrator account, follow these steps:

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

1. Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start Search box.
2. In the search results list, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator.
3. When you are prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.
4. At the command prompt, type net user administrator /active:yes, and then press ENTER.
5. Type net user administrator <Password>, and then press ENTER.

Note: Please replace the <Password> tag with your password for your administrator account, removing the brackets.
6. Type exit, and then press ENTER.
7. Log off the current user account.

To revert do exactly the same thing but change
net user administrator /active:yes to
net user administrator /active:no
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11 Oct 2009   #10
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by y0himba View Post
Yes I know that, I am wondering if there is another administrator account over and above the one that is hidden by default. People are describing a "Super secret" or "Super hidden" administrator account. If they are speaking of the default Administrator account, then this is a very poor way of describing it.

To enable the build-in Administrator account, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start Search box.
2. In the search results list, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator.
3. When you are prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.
4. At the command prompt, type net user administrator /active:yes, and then press ENTER.
5. Type net user administrator <Password>, and then press ENTER.

Note: Please replace the <Password> tag with your password for your administrator account, removing the brackets.
6. Type exit, and then press ENTER.
7. Log off the current user account.

To revert do exactly the same thing but change
net user administrator /active:yes to
net user administrator /active:no
Y0

Of course you are right. The end all of admins is neither super secret, nor super hidden, nor more powerful than a speeding bullet. If someone describes it that way they are obviously not fully informed.

Thanks for a nice post

Ken
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