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Unhide the Administrator Account

Toshiba/Satelite A75
March 20, 2006 at 09:32:27
Specs: XP-Home SP2, 1 gigabyte

Article "Register Remedies" in April issue of PC World says to unhide Administrator account navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\Userlist and double click the Administrator icon, and type 1 in the 'Value data' box and press enter.

I did this and set a password for the administrator account but it is not visible on the log-in screen.

Any thoughts as to why?


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#1
March 20, 2006 at 09:46:04

Read the article again. It is for those who have Windows XP Pro.

i_XpUser


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#2
March 20, 2006 at 09:55:52

Some extra information:

It is only possible to login with the administrator account in safe mode with XP Home.

With XP Pro you can press Ctrl+Alt+Del twice to enable the classic logon screen. Here you can fill in your admin username + password.


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#3
March 20, 2006 at 09:58:45

You can also try downloading the TweakUI PowerToy from MS. It includes the ability to add the Administrator account to the login screen. however, it may still only be relegated to XP Pro as well. In any case, it gives you the ability to change other "hidden" settings you might find useful.

Michael J


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#4
March 20, 2006 at 10:01:52

This case demonstrates the reason why XP Home is often referred to as the retarded sister of Windows XP Pro.

i_XpUser


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#5
March 20, 2006 at 10:58:57

This also indicates a real lack on understanding.

1.Home users should never routinely logon as adminitrator for a number of good reasons.

2. It should be common practice to create a 2nd admin account [not the same name]which will show up on the welcome window. This gives you a backdoor [ie the Administrator account] you can logon with in case your made admin account gets corrupted/bad profile.

Give a person a fish, they eat for a day. Suggest they internet search and they learn a skill for a lifetime.


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#6
March 20, 2006 at 11:06:21

1.Home users should never routinely logon as adminitrator for a number of good reasons.

Right but I blame Uncles Billy & Steve for not taking into consideration the impacts of using Adm account on an everyday basis. When you first instal XP or when you first turn on the preinstalled XP, it doesn't explain the inherited danger of using Adm account. Even with Limited user account, most program will not install or even work anyway. This made everybody the Omnipotent Administrator with Windows XP.

i_XpUser


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#7
March 21, 2006 at 12:53:38

Thanks to all for your responses and help. I didn't understand the limitations of XP Home. I'm still looking to see where the article in PC World said these or this register edit(s) was only applicable on XP PRO.

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