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24 Jun 2010   #1

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Hidden User

My brother just got a new Win 7 netbook, and my dad, knowing I have decent experience with Win 7, would like me to moniter what he is doing. To do that, I think it would be much easier if I had a hidden admin account to monitor what he is downloading, installing, and such.

If this is possible by any means, please post so. =)

~Joshua~


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24 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

There's a built-in Admin account that is hidden. But be careful with it because it can run any program without bringing up UAC prompts.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
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24 Jun 2010   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

That hidden account should be used sparingly, but it will work

In lieu of that, I suggest this

User Account - Hide - Vista Forums
Works just as well with 7
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24 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Sorry, actually this isn't quite what I want. I'm looking actually for something that is hidden when you go to the login screen, and can bring up with a shortcut or such.

And unfortunately I only have Windows 7 Home Premium. I'll keep in mind to post that when asking for such things.

Thank You anyways.

~Joshua~
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24 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Unfortunately, there is no option to hit "CTRL + ALT + DELETE" to bring in the classic login menu, like in XP. You can only enable and disable classic login, and that's not an option in Home Premium. Sorry
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24 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Blah, thanks people though.

~Joshua~
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24 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Torongo, if he is on the same home network as you are, and you are both on the same workgroup (right click my computer > properties > computer name), you can use a program called GenControl to remote into his computer without him knowing.

The netbook does need to have remote access enabled, however.
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24 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

We don't have a network, sorry.

Thanks again though.

~Joshua~
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24 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Torongo View Post
We don't have a network, sorry.
How is he connecting to the internet then?

It sounds like you want monitoring software, not a user account...especially if you want to track downloads, websites, etc.
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24 Jun 2010   #10

Windows 7
 
 

You can set Windows 7 versions to not display the last user name and also require Ctrl + Alt + Del by editing the the registry key --

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

add a dword value of 0 to disableCAD
and a dword value of 1 to dontdisplaylastusername

I think I remember one of those 2 dword's is not already there and needs to be created. This will require you to press Ctrl + Alt + Del and enter your user name and password. A list of users will not be displayed. I have attached a reg file you can import if that's easier.


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