Solved Hiding the Administrator account.

April 9, 2012 at 02:34:30
Specs: Vista Home Premium, 2.5/2gig
I know how to activate the 'hidden by default' administrator account in Vista, but I want to have it activated but hidden so it's only available in safe mode (the same way that XP did it). So is this possible & how do I do it?

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April 12, 2012 at 04:35:44
Correct........so you hide the admin account.

net user administrator /active:no

Now it's gone, does not show up on any menu. So now John wants to go use the admin account in safe mode. So you tap F8 for safe mode options, and pick Boot to command prompt. At the command prompt net user administrator /active:yes, it will say whether it completed successful, reboot and now you will be able to log it under the admin account in safe mode, you can hide it again when you are finished. So this will cause you 1 extra step of booting to cmd prompt first. Let me know if you find a better way.



#1
April 9, 2012 at 02:57:56
Is THiS what you are asking ?

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#2
April 9, 2012 at 03:10:32
Sort of, but I don't want to have to resort to the 'classic logon' screen, and I'm pretty sure that the answer is incorrect in saying that the administrator account. when disabled, is still available in safe mode.

The reason I need it is that I'm setting up a laptop for an elderly neighbour. I want it set up so that it boots up without having to go through the logon screen, but I need to be able to access the administrator account when he screws it up. At the moment, activating the account means that the logon screen appears in normal mode.

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#3
April 9, 2012 at 08:14:33
You can hide the users from the welcome screen. You should have only limited account users on that screen. The admin account needs to have a strong password on it. The password keeps out simple crooks.

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#4
April 9, 2012 at 09:12:34
Thanks for reply. How do you hide users on the welcome screen? Sorry, I'll rephrase that. I know there's a way to add extra keys to the registry to hide usernames, but I would still like to just find some way of having Vista behave like XP so that the administrator account appears in safe mode, but not in normal mode. I figure there must be a way to do it.

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#5
April 9, 2012 at 12:54:13
Stupid MS did that didn't they. OK it required a registry edit.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com...

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#6
April 9, 2012 at 13:06:37
Yes, thanks for that, I'd found the same solution but it is only a way of hiding 'normal' user accounts, it's the 'usually hidden' administrator account that there must be a way to do this for. I've read elsewhere that using the registry method caused problems because if the admin account was hidden, with only a limited user remaining there have been reports of issues in trying to run regedit again. When I feel like possibly having to reinstall I might give this a go to see if it is correct, but in the meantime I'll keep looking.

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#7
April 9, 2012 at 16:59:18
In a security sense this means nothing. Anyone with access can get to what ever they want.

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#8
April 9, 2012 at 23:34:32
It's not the security thing, it's just that I'm dealing with a septegenarian who has never had a computer before but who has an enquiring mind, so I know it will get screwed up sooner rather than later, but in the meantime I need it set up as simply as possible for him and if it ever gets to the point of him knowing how to access safe mode/admin accounts etc. then I figure he'll have learnt enough for me to let him sort himself out anyway. Plus the fact that I just didn't know if there was a solution...

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#9
April 11, 2012 at 22:03:55
as long as you are logged on with an account with admin privileges here is how you hide unhide the admin account. run from cmd prompt.

net user administrator /active:no hides it.

net user administrator /active:yes brings it back

can be used on any user just switch our "administrator" for the user.

Works with vista and up.


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#10
April 11, 2012 at 23:47:39
Thanks for reply, unfortunately it still doesn't do what I want. I'm assuming at some point the user will screw the system so he cannot log on to his account and I'll need to rescue it. In XP, it was just a case of starting in safe mode which made the (already active) administrator account visible at the logon screen. This isn't available in Vista/Win7, if I pre-activate the administrator account as suggested it becomes available immediately in normal mode, which I don't want - the user will want to know why he cannot have the 'administrator' account, he'll start using it, screw up both accounts and I'll end up having to do a reinstall.

I simply need the administrator account to be available in safe mode only.

I'd thought about setting auto login, but I'm not sure what happens if the account being auto-logged in becomes inaccessible.

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April 12, 2012 at 04:35:44
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Correct........so you hide the admin account.

net user administrator /active:no

Now it's gone, does not show up on any menu. So now John wants to go use the admin account in safe mode. So you tap F8 for safe mode options, and pick Boot to command prompt. At the command prompt net user administrator /active:yes, it will say whether it completed successful, reboot and now you will be able to log it under the admin account in safe mode, you can hide it again when you are finished. So this will cause you 1 extra step of booting to cmd prompt first. Let me know if you find a better way.


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#12
April 12, 2012 at 06:12:12
Brilliant, many thanks, just what I wanted. Didn't occur to me to try activating the Admin account from safe mode/command prompt but tested & it works. Thanks again.

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