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Windows 7: How to change the logon window preference in windows

13 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 32 bit
How to change the logon window preference in windows

On my laptop I have windows 7. But on my older computer I have windows XP.
Back in Windows XP I would log into the administrator by doing ctrl alt delete x2 at the login page, and something basic like this would pop up instead of me clicking on an avatar/icon:

Log On to Windows
User name: _____________
Password: _____________

Then I would type in administrator and my password to login as an admin, or I would type in my username(Aaron) and my password. One time when I had a friend over and he started up my computer he made a comment about how my login page had one account(named Aaron), without the subtitle of administrator on it. Part1: Is it natural to have one account not as an admin? I want to keep the Aaron account and leave the administrator hidden, and only be able to access it by doing ctrl alt delete. (so far its fine in Win XP)

Now on to part 2 of my question. My parents have windows 7 on their laptop, and the one account(called family) is the admin. If I change my OS to windows 7(which I plan on doing), am I still able to switch to the Admin account and leave Aaron as just a regular user? I can't find a way to do it on my laptop or my parents laptop.

If anyone is confused by this, I can explain in further detail. Any detailed help would be greatly appreciated.

I just looked again and if I go to Control Panel - user accounts- change the way users log in/off
it says Aaron is the admin. Does anyone know why I can still log in as the username administrator?

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13 Dec 2011   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Sparater, and welcome to Seven Forums. :)

The tutorial below can help show you how to set it where you must enter both the user name and password at log on.
Log On with User Name and Password
The tutorial below can help show you how to enable the built-in "Administrator" account that is the same as the one from XP with full access. If you like, the info box at the top of the tutorial below will also help better explain the differences between the user account types in Windows 7 now since XP.
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
Hope this helps,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 32 bit

Thanks for the quick reply Shawn. I just have another question, after reading the first link. Is it possible to switch from the icon login to the typed login through a few keystrokes than going through those steps(such as ctrl alt delete)? Also, is there a way to hide the Admin icon in the second link?


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13 Dec 2011   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


Sorry, but no. You could only set to be either or, and can't switch between them with a keystroke.

If you set Windows 7 to where you must enter both the user name and password in the first link, then none of the user icons will be displayed at log on.
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