How do i unhide the administrators account in win XP Pro?

February 16, 2012 at 23:33:40
Specs: Windows XP Pro
I need to log in as the administrator in windows XP Pro, but the administrators profile is hidden. how do i unhide it? I went into the registry editor and followed the string to the users account but the administrators account does not appear to be there either or at least it isn't listed as Administrator how can i fix this. I just reinstalled the OS and am trying to install the drivers. They are telling me that I have to be logged in as the administrator. This is the string that I followed it is all there except the administrator at the end 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.

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February 17, 2012 at 04:36:22

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February 17, 2012 at 06:44:40
or do it the old fashioned way of doing a couple of control alt deletes at the welcome screen and when the logon box comes up enter administrator and the account password and you are in.

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February 17, 2012 at 08:45:54
You DO NOT need to un-hide the built in Administrator account !

There can only be one user that is spelled exactly Administrator. By default, that's the built in Administrator user that, by default, you can only access on the logon screen when you load Windows into Safe mode.
There is usually NO NEED to change things so you're getting the Administrator user to choose when you load Windows normally.

You often see a message that you must be logged on to a user that is an administrator account or a Computer administrator before you install drivers or programs, but what they're talking about is not necessarily the built in Administrator user.

All users of XP have administrator rights by default - when you look in Control Panel under User Accounts it says Computer administrator for your user - that's all you need to have when you're installing software.
In other words, by default, you already have the rights to install software.

A user that has administrator rights - is designated a Computer administrator - can enable the built in Guest user, which always has Limited rights,
or - a user that has administrator rights can assign Limited rights to any other user (except Guest).

You can always install software if your user doesn't have Limited rights.

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