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Windows 7: Windows 7 Home Admin Account Hidden Access

09 Feb 2013   #1

Vista x64
Windows 7 Home Admin Account Hidden Access

I have Windows 7 Home x32 on a laptop and I want to make a admin account and hide it from the user screen, I not only want to hide it but I want to be able to "load it" from the log on screen if I want (no CMD commands on the user accounts to use it) is this possible with 7?

Before on XP I had a hidden admin account and all I had to do was CTRL+ALT+DELETE and it would bring up my account, with windows 7 it doesn't seem to work this way. Now to be 100% clear, I don't want the default admin account (for trouble shooting) all I want is a second admin account that if needed can access user accounts on my laptop from the log-on screen by hitting some combination of keys.

Thank you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Feb 2013   #2


I found this on another site. I also checked three other Internet references and they pointed to the following. It seems this may help you. However someone with more experience may have some other suggestions. Please read the following:

In order to hide a user account (which also means create a hidden user account) in Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, just go to Control Panel User module and create an additional user as usually do (Control Panel -> User Accounts and -> User Accounts in Windows 7 and Windows Vista). If you already have an existing user that wants to be made hidden, invisible or disappeared from Welcome Screen, then go straight to guide below.
  1. Run (RegEdit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

    Note: If SpecialAccounts and UserList is not found, create new sub-key and name them accordingly.
  3. Select UserList, and in the right pane, right click on any blank space, and point to New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  4. Name the new DWORD registry as the exact same name that match the name of the user account to be hidden. For example, if the user ID of the user account is John, the name the registry value as John.
  5. Double click on DWORD , and set the value data to 0 in oder to hide the account from Welcome Screen. Tip: To display the user account on Welcome Screen again so that it’s visible again, delete the registry entry, or set the value data to 1.
  6. Exit Registry Editor.
  7. Log off or restart computer to make the change effective.
Tip: In order to login into Windows using an user account that has made hidden and invisible, just press Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up Windows Logon dialog, and then type in the user name and password manually.

Hope this is what you were asking about.

Still Learning, Learning Still.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Feb 2013   #3

Vista x64

Firstly, I appreciate your help and thank you for spending some time on my problem.

Yes, I should have said I tried that, the issue with this fix is that it completely locks the admin account away. By this I mean you can only access it via user account AND through CMD, ANYONE who tries this will lose basic login access to that account. Windows 7 actually wont do ALT+CTRL+DELETE anymore like it did in previous operating systems to show hidden admin account. If you want to test it out be my guest but when you get locked out go to a user account and do this.

Run - Search - CMD then type in command prompt "runas /u:admin cmd" without the " where "admin" is your hidden account, it will prompt for password. Type it there and system will run command line with the rights of admin. Then type "regedit" and delete that account from registry.

What I want his a hidden admin account that I can access from user accounts without having to rely on another user account to do so. I'm going off the basis that my password was changed and I have no accounts I can access.
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