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Windows 7: Can't see Default Admin account

05 Feb 2011   #1
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Can't see Default Admin account

I'm trying to help Glennc with his user acounts and wanted to replicate his problem. This meant enabling the Default Admin user account.I have never had occasion to use this before but ran cmd as administrator and typed "net user administrator /active:yes"
The process finished OK and I rebooted but no Admin account. I have just one account with my name (John). No password so normally boot straight in with no login. Can't get Admin to show.
Must have done something wrong but for the life of me i can't see where>
Any help please!


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05 Feb 2011   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Mitchell,

Do you have a C:\Users\Administrator folder?

If you log off from the Start Menu instead of restarting, do you have the Administrator log on icon available there?

If you are not getting a log on option at boot for either account, then you might check to see if auto log on may have been turned on for your user account. If so, turning it off should allow both log on icons to be available at startup.


If not, then you might see if you may be able to enable the built-in Administrator account using a different option below instead, and hopefully have the Administrator user folder afterwards.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
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05 Feb 2011   #3
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post

Do you have a C:\Users\Administrator folder?
Yes

If you log off from the Start Menu instead of restarting, do you have the Administrator log on icon available there?
No
If you are not getting a log on option at boot for either account, then you might check to see if auto log on may have been turned on for your user account. If so, turning it off should allow both log on icons to be available at startup.
Whether that is checked or not makes no difference, my system boots straight to my account with no Login screen



If not, then you might see if you may be able to enable the built-in Administrator account using a different option below instead, and hopefully have the Administrator user folder afterwards.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
As I have Win 7 Home premium some of the following is not available to me.None of the solutions had the desired effect, and I tried them all where I could. I still cannot see a login in screen!
I have an OEM version so assume the Default Admin account was created when the OS was installed? Thanks for your help so far Brink
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05 Feb 2011   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yeah, most OEM installations would have a default normal administrator account setup for you to use. This account is not the built-in Administrator account though.
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05 Feb 2011   #5
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

So I don't think it is possible that I do not have a default admin account, or is it?
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05 Feb 2011   #6
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I have now set a password for my account so that I get a login screen on bootup. This shows first a message that reads "The user name or password is incorrect" This is before I type the password. I click OK and then get just my User name icon, no other icon for Guest or Admin. I type in the password and system boots up OK but still no sign of the Default Admin. Strange!
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05 Feb 2011   #7
James Colbert

 
 

Hi John,

Just a thought...have you tried the 'Switch User' option form the start menu? And also, you could check option one at the link Shawn provides to verify that it's not Disabled (as per screenshot taken from tut)?:

Can't see Default Admin account-admin-account-disabled-option.jpg

And just one other thought...does it show up in User Accounts via the CP?

James


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05 Feb 2011   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Mitchell,

In addition, getting the "The user name or password is incorrect" at startup after you changed your password sounds like you have automatic log in turned on. Check with the tutorial below to make sure it's turned off as well.

Log On Automatically at Startup
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05 Feb 2011   #9
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

I just enabled the built in hidden admin account on my 7x64 PC. When i went to user accounts it didn't show up until I clicked "Manage another account". By default all that shows when I open user accounts is the account I logged in with. I had autologon enabled, but have just turned it off. I'm in the middle of installing a game at the moment but when thats done I'll reboot and see what I can see.

EDIT: It showed up and I logged in OK. Check to see if your set to autologon like Brink posted.
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05 Feb 2011   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's great news Kerry. Hopefully it will work for Mitchell as well.
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