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Make user account Administrator appear on login screen

Question: Make user account Administrator appear on login screen

I am attempting to get my built in Administrator user account to show up on the login screen.

When I look at the properties, I do not see anywhere where I can assign a password to it. Nor, am I able to activate it to appear on the login screen. (Perhaps there is a different way altogether to login to it?)

The user account that I am using has administrator priviledges and shows up in the Administrators group along with Administrator. So, I think it should be the same thing as using the actual Administrator account.

However, when I try to grant permissions for users on another computer on the LAN, the Local Area Connection Properties box does not open up the "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks.

And that is where I am stuck. I have no idea as to how to get into item and am wondering if I need to login to the Actual Administrator user account.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

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Answer: Make user account Administrator appear on login screen

You can add Administrator to the Welcome screen using regedit. You would open regedit then navigate to this registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>Software>Microsoft>WindowsNT>Current Version>Winlogon>>Special Accounts>User Lists.

Create a new DWORD value and name it “Administrator“ (without the quotes). Then modify the DWORD value making it '''1".

Administrator will show on the Welcome screen after a reboot.

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when running in cmd i must be administrator to make the commands work

how do i make my user account be the administrator

i dont want to right click and run as admin all the time

Answer:how do i make my user account in win 7 be the administrator

Go to User Accounts within the Control Panel, then click on Change Account Type of your user.

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My administrator password is not accepted when prompted for administrator password in user accounts. Why is this

Answer:Administrator login password not accepted by user account

Password help is against the forum rules> Rules

Other then saying if you have never entered one to leave it blank that's all we can do.


Thread closed

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Hi,
Is there any way that I can hide the Administrator account during the login screen but at the same time access it whenever I need it.

Like if the user logs off, he should not see the Administrator account, only his standard account.

But I will also need to access the Administrator account from time to time so it should be accessible.
Any idea how I can do this?

Offtopic:
Things were much easier during XP where one just had to put in the Username to access their account.

Answer:Hide the administrator account in the login screen?

You can still do this through group policy. Don't remember the policy name off hand, but you disable viewing of last user to log on, and you are then forced to enter in the User name And Password each time for every user.

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I have 3 accounts, plus an administrator login (in an educational environment).

Does anyone know how to hide the Administrator account on the login screen but keep it enabled?

I found this article, but it doesn't achieve what I was hoping for.

Displaying only 1 user at the login screen.

And why doesn't crtl-alt-del not work anymore at the login screen?

Thanks!

Answer:Hide the administrator account at the login screen

You can set crtl-alt-del in the local security policy under administrative tools in the control panel. You can also choose not to display the last user name... see the choice right above the highlighted one in the attached image.

If both are selected you are presented with blank user name and password fields after crtl-alt-del.

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System has 3 accounts: Administrator password protected, and two standard user accounts. The guest account is off.
On both startup or "swittch user" the login screen only shows the system admin account icon and the password field is waiting for input. Although the two standard user accounts still show up in the "manage users" control panel utility.
 
Problems started as "the user profile service failed the logon". Logon screen showed all three accounts, but one of the stanrd user accounts couldn't be successfully logged into.
Followed http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215 method #1 to edit registry and rename/copy/edit the S-1-5 keys. There was a S-1-5 .bak for the problem account. After editing the registry, and upon reboot only the system administrator account appeared. 
 
Used windows restore to try to go back before the problems. The first restore point I picked failed to "install" on reboot, reported that either the restore point had problems or anti-virus program was blocking the restore. Disabled AVG, still wouldn't "apply" the restore. So I picked an earlier point in time, that restore installed without errors. The system has been rebooted several times, windows has applied patches on one of the reboots.
 
I tried a few other things and got non repeatable results. Once created a new standard user account. The "other user" logon icon appeared for "switch user". I tried login into one of the standard user accounts and it succeeded. I have since... Read more

Answer:only system administrator account appears on login screen

Hi drewp, according to the microsoft link you've just followed, there are certain options to take before using the registry edit as mentioned before the 3 steps accordingly. If you haven't removed completely AVG, please do so as it could be the problem in the very beginning. Use the AVG removal tool http://www.avg.com/ww-en/utilities just to make sure then check the difference. Another step to take is to run system file checker and then see if any corrupt and repaired files from the text output log. Check also the user profile service is in default or automatic. If nothing happens, move the profile account as described in method#2 from the provided MS link.

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July 15, 2017

I have WIN 10 Pro on a Dell laptop.

I have been unable to find a way to show ALL accounts, User, (built in) Administrator, Guest account, etc at WIN 10 login/sign on. The only account I can get to show in my user account (which has administrator status).
I have successfully used the cmd ?net user administrator / active:yes, net user administrator * ? and successfully assigned a password, and the net user guest / active:yes command. I restart or power down and restart and the only account that shows is the single user account. As far as I can tell issueing the above commands should make the Administrator and Guest accounts show on the login/signon screen. I have tried a couple of other options I found on line but without success.

I must be missing something. I did see a couple of comments about ?User group. Home group? but could not figure out what was being asked. My Dell laptop is used at home, wireless connected to my router and the internet. I do not remember being asked any questions about ?home group? or ?groups? at installation on WIN 10.

Would appreciate any (detail) instructions or links showing how to make all the WIN 10 PRO accounts to show at logon.

Thank you

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July 15, 2017

I have WIN 10 Pro on a Dell laptop.

I have been unable to find a way to show ALL accounts, User, (built in) Administrator, Guest account, etc at WIN 10 login/sign on. The only account I can get to show in my user account (which has administrator status).
I have successfully used the cmd ?net user administrator / active:yes, net user administrator * ? and successfully assigned a password, and the net user guest / active:yes command. I restart or power down and restart and the only account that shows is the single user account. As far as I can tell issueing the above commands should make the Administrator and Guest accounts show on the login/signon screen. I have tried a couple of other options I found on line but without success.

I must be missing something. I did see a couple of comments about ?User group. Home group? but could not figure out what was being asked. My Dell laptop is used at home, wireless connected to my router and the internet. I do not remember being asked any questions about ?home group? or ?groups? at installation on WIN 10.

Would appreciate any (detail) instructions or links showing how to make all the WIN 10 PRO accounts to show at logon.

Thank you

Answer:Unable to show Administrator or Guest account on login screen

krazykat tenf said:

I have successfully used the cmd ?net user administrator / active:yes, net user administrator * ?



Unless you made a typo here the command is incorrect. There should not be a space between / and active so if you want to enable built in administrator with password = "Secret123" you would enter:

net user administrator Secret123 /active:yes

Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10 Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials

You can then sign out (no need to reboot) and you should see the built in Administrator on the log-in screen.

The guest account doesn't exist any more in Windows 10. You could add an account to use as a guest account and make it part of the guests group if you want as described here Add Guest Account in Windows 10 Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials but it is pretty limited. Users that are part of guests group can't open store apps for example.

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Hi all,

I have a very weird situation going on on my login screen: basically, the username appears twice and, if I click on the second 'username', I get a different login screen but it logs into the same account anyway?
I have taken a couple of screenshots, as they better describe my issue.

Can anyone shed some light here?

Thank you very much!

Regards,
-R

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I'm on HP laptop 2000-2d27dx Win8.1. My login screen shows only one user account. I have to click on arrow to switch to other existing user accounts. Is there a way to display all user accounts at login screen? Thanks.

Answer:Can I make all user accounts display at login screen?

See if this helps you. Good luck.

Sign in - Show All Users or Last User in Windows 8

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I successfully added a new user account to windows 10. Somehow my administrator user account is now hidden and I can't access it. I tried to enable the default administrator, but I get a system 5 error.

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I have added a new user account to my computer, but for some reason it is not appearing on the logon screen. Help?

Answer:New user account not appearing on login screen

Hi kbronski, does it appear when you 'switch user' in the start menu ?

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The other day, a freind of mine was on my computer checking his email, but he didnt check them all, so whenever I log on or off the login screen says I have 13 unread messages (on his hotmail account)
How can I get rid of that message? He likely wont be on this computer again, so I dont want that message staying there forever.

Answer:Windows user account login screen.

Download TweakUi from microsoft, there is a option to diasble this

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/p.../powertoys.asp

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Hi 7forum!

This is my last resort, so please help me!
I have after a long time searching ended up here on this forum.

What I want to do is simply to remove the picture & frame on my login screen, only the password, my name, switch user should be left on the screen.

To clarify, I don't want to:
Remove the whole login screen.
Remove password protection.
Remove anything else except for that picture and frame.

Thats pretty much it, I would be really thankful if somebody could help me with this because I'm close to changing to linux just to get rid of it .

Thanks in advance!

Tsuun

Answer:One last try, Get rid of User Account picture on login screen.

I'm thinking a transparent .png picture would take care of the profile picture. As for the frame... that's above my pay grade right now

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when my windows 7 32-bit laptop starts up and displays the login screen there is an account that it seems to want to default to called ./user

when the OS was loaded that was the original user account. since then that account has been deleted, however it is still showing up on the login screen. i believe at one point someone may have deleted this account from the user accounts on this laptop, as well as the folders associated with the profile.

does anyone know how to manage this annoying screen?

Answer:login screen phantom user account

Try this approach.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-accounts.html
let us know if we have solved your issue.

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Hi Everyone!

I noticed that I have an additional account shown at my login screen. It's not a user account I created, and it doesn't show up under Control Panel>User Accounts. The only thing that shows up in the User Accounts page is my user account (shown as admin), and a guest account (shown as off).

I'm wondering if I should be worried about this second user account shown at the login screen, or if there was a way to remove/hide this 2nd user account from showing up at the login screen? I'm not sure how it came/shown up in the first place. I'm hoping someone can explain this issue to me and/or help! Thanks!

Answer:2nd user account at login screen, Should I be worried?

Your forum system specs indicate that you use Avast for your antivirus app. However, did you ever use ESET? If so, then please see this post. If not, then use Windows (file) Explorer to see is there is a user folder (C;\Users\username) for this additional account. If there is a user profile folder for this additional account, then the date on that folder and its sub-folders might give you a clue about how long the user account has been active.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 9300 running Windows XP. This weekend Avast warned me I had trojans so it wanted to run boot scan. I let it run and it said it found a few things which I told it to delete. After that my computer would boot up to user accounts and then when I put in my password it would say loading personal setting and then go to blue screen. I went into safe mode and ran spybot, adware, deleted cookies, temp files and ran anti-malware scan, disk check, defrag, disk cleanup. Still no luck. I have attached the logs below. I hope they are correct. I really need help. This is my work computer and I do the books for my company and can't do anything until this is fixed. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 9:30:24 AM, on 1/24/2011
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Jen' Documents\Downloads\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://search.live.com
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.ask.com?o=15772&l=dis
R0 - HKLM\Software\Micro... Read more

Answer:Blue Screen after login to user account

Just hoping someone might have an idea about my problem before I just wipe out windows and reload. Thanks!
 

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I have two user accounts on my PC - Staff and Administrator. I loaded Win7 a few days ago and created the Staff account. Earlier today, I changed the Staff account from an Administrator to a Standard account. I was logged on as Staff when I did it. I then logged off and back on and when I did, only the Administrator account was on the login screen.

The Staff account still exists under Local Users and Groups. I disabled it, restarted and then reenabled it but no change. I don't think that it had a password when I deleted it - I don't add the password until I am done with the machine to make it easier - so many reboots.

The PC has Win7 Pro x86 and is on a workgroup. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Unable to See User Account on Login Screen

Hello JolietTech, and welcome to Seven Forums.

While logged in to your Administrator account, see if you may be able to enable the Staff account using one of the other options in the tutorial below.

User Account - Enable or Disable

Hope this helps for now,
Shawn

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I thought I read somewhere how to do this but can't find it anymore.

Anyway, I want to remove the user account pic at the login screen. Not change it but remove it completely so all I have is a clean background (I've already removed the background picture and set it to a plain grey color).

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Remove user account pic at login screen

OldGuy said:

I thought I read somewhere how to do this but can't find it anymore.

Anyway, I want to remove the user account pic at the login screen. Not change it but remove it completely so all I have is a clean background (I've already removed the background picture and set it to a plain grey color).

Thanks for your help.



Create an avatar using the exact same color and set that as your user avatar.

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I thought I read somewhere how to do this but can't find it anymore.

Anyway, I want to remove the user account pic at the login screen. Not change it but remove it completely so all I have is a clean background (I've already removed the background picture and set it to a plain grey color).

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Remove user account pic at login screen

Originally Posted by OldGuy


I thought I read somewhere how to do this but can't find it anymore.

Anyway, I want to remove the user account pic at the login screen. Not change it but remove it completely so all I have is a clean background (I've already removed the background picture and set it to a plain grey color).

Thanks for your help.



Create an avatar using the exact same color and set that as your user avatar.

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I thought I read somewhere how to do this but can't find it anymore.

Anyway, I want to remove the user account pic at the login screen. Not change it but remove it completely so all I have is a clean background (I've already removed the background picture and set it to a plain grey color).

Thanks for your help.

Answer:Remove user account pic at login screen

Originally Posted by OldGuy


I thought I read somewhere how to do this but can't find it anymore.

Anyway, I want to remove the user account pic at the login screen. Not change it but remove it completely so all I have is a clean background (I've already removed the background picture and set it to a plain grey color).

Thanks for your help.



Create an avatar using the exact same color and set that as your user avatar.

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hello guys i am the only user on my laptop i want the small pics to be liketo
+ also remove the blurry effect on the image on startmenu + also making it large ???????

Answer:increase the size of user account pic on login screen

I don't believe there is a supported way of doing this.

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When starting my PC the user account name from a deleted user account appears as the default login account.

This user account does not appear when looking at the manage user account screens as it was deleted by the account holder (the former owner of the PC).

How do I stop this deleted user account name appearing at login?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Jim

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Latest build new install on HP laptop. So far, my impression has been very positive. One small issue: On my login screen when booting, it defaults to "Other User". I have to switch it to my account and login. I have checked user accounts and cannot find the other account.
Is there a way to fix this issue?
Any help in resolving this annoyance will be greatly appreciated!
Bobby

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The question is straight forward. I have one user account and one administrator account. Only the administrator account shows up on my login screen. I have my user account set up to automatically log in when my PC start's so it's not that big of a deal at the moment. I have windows XP home installed but I modified the registry so it thinks it's XP pro so I could run terminal services on it. When I connect to my PC with my iPod using RDP my user account is automatically logged out and there in lies the problem, I can't log back in without rebooting.

Is there any way to get my account to show back up in the login screen?

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Hi

My client has got three user accounts on her machine. Admin account, her normal account and another account.

When trying to log on using her regular account, on the screen where it shows the thumbnails and where you have the option to view the password hint, it changes back automatically to the normal standard login window with the Username as Aministrator listed in the field.

My client is running Windows XP with SP2 at least.

Any ideas would be much appreciated.

Thanks.

Answer:XP changes to Admin account login screen when trying to log on as normal user

Install SP3 if it isn't already installed.
SP3 contains many fixes & patches which aren't available on their own.

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I have two user accounts on my Win7 Pro PC - Staff and Administrator. Earlier today, I changed the Staff account from an Administrator to a Standard account. I was logged on as Staff when I did it. I then logged off and back on and when I did, only the Administrator account was on the login screen.

The Staff account still exists under Local Users and Groups. I disabled it, restarted and then reenabled it but no change. I don't think that it had a password when I deleted it - I don't add the password until I am done with the machine to make it easier - so many reboots.

The PC is on a workgroup. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:[SOLVED] Unable to See User Account on Login Screen

Does pressing [Ctrl][Alt][Del] make it show up?

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To start off with, first of all I've got 3 computers: my Windows 10 laptop [which is relatively new], a W10 upgraded desktop, and an aging, slow Windows 7 laptop - which my parents are using.

To help my parents out I recently tried to create a new user account on my Windows 10 laptop. It 'takes longer than expected' to do it, but it's done and everything seems fine. All I do is install Firefox on it, and that's about it.

But when I turn it on again a login to my parents user accout, the screen's blank, and I can ctr+alt+del to get the Task Manager up, but that's it. Creating an explorer.exe doesn't work, and restarting the current explorer.exe does nothing.

I've tried Googling around for answers, but a lot of them doesn't seem to apply to my situation exactly.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Hello,

I have been having an issue with quite a few PC's that will show multiple of the same user accounts on the login screen for Windows 7 only. These laptops are joined to a domain and all belong to the Dell Latitude family. I have searched
the webs for information regarding this exact issue but most just point towards using Netplwiz to fix it, which is not the issue I'm trying to resolve.
 As my account is not verified I was unable to post the picture example.

I have a similar post on the Microsoft community as i believe that seeing the picture will make more sense then describing this. The Category is Windows > Windows 7 > Security, Privacy, & accounts > Accounts
Name of the Thread: Multiples of the Same User account is showing on login screen

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When starting my PC the user account name from a deleted user account appears as the default login account.

This user account does not appear when looking at the manage user account screens as it was deleted by the account holder (the former owner of the PC).

How do I stop this deleted user account name appearing at login?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Jim

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I have a domain setup at home, and after joining a PC to the domain and migrating profiles to the domain profiles, the login screen account list only shows one user (the last to login) and Other User.

I have already used the method in this thread:
Help with multiple users login screen!

The PC now goes straight to the list of users, however only the last domain user is shown. If I log into another and then log out of that, the user list now shows the new user and Other User, but not the previous. It's rather annoying for my wife and I to constantly have to type our domain user name just to login. I searched and didn't see anything about this. Any ideas?

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My pc sits where I walk by it everyday. My screen saver is a digital clock.
I walk by it today and it is sitting at the login screen with a new user Icon.
The icon is listed as "David" as the user. I don't know any David's nor have
ever had a David as a user on this pc. There is no David when I navigate to
C:/Windows/Users. Nor is there a user David in user profiles. I looked at the
System Security Log and have alot of Event ID #4625. I don't know if this mean
anything or not. What should I be looking for. Have I been Hacked?

Any Help Would be Appreciated

Answer:Mysterious User Account Icon on Login Screen - Have I been Hacked?

There would only be a folder structure for the account if there's been a log in. Right-click on Computer and select Manage, then select Local Users.... See if there's a David there, double-click on it and see what User Groups he's a member of. Especially if he's an admin it should be deleted asap.

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Hi all,

Some Background
I'm currently administrator of a couple different groups of computers at a university, and I've been looking into changing the layout of the logon screen. I've found a lot of information, but something that I have wanted from the start has eluded me.

What I'm trying to do
I'd like to set the logon screen (or welcome screen I suppose) to display only one available account: the guest account that I have personalized for professors or students to use (not the same as the default Windows guest account). I would also like to have the option to switch users at the logon screen, preferably with the on-screen button that says switch users which I can't seem to get to display using my methods.

System Specs
All of the PCs I am administrating have some differences... Simply put, I have a bunch of desktops running Win7 Pro x64, and a bunch of NetBooks running Win7 Starter x86.

What I have tried
I've made my attempts on one of the NetBooks thus far since I can carry it around. On Win7 Starter it seems that "Switch User" is disabled, but I think it is still in the PC because when I tried a Registry Hack that hides all user accounts except the one that was last logged into, I had the option to switch users, but only when the account I last used had a password. The guest account does not and cannot have one. Anyway, the registry hack I just mentioned involves going to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList and crea... Read more

Answer:Trying to make logon screen with guest account and switch user button

Your best bet probably would be do not display any accounts.
Log On with User Name and Password

But your users would have to memorize login. Or you can write a little note right on the Welcome screen wallpaper by editing it in Paint and changing it.

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When you enter the login screen, one of the user account options is pre-highlighted so that if you simply press "enter" instead of selecting one with the mouse or arrow keys, it'll attempt to log you into that account. I've the need recently to create a standard user account, which for some incredibly frustrating reason is always pre-selected instead of my administrator account (the one I use). I have no idea how to change this so that the administrator account is the one pre-selected.

Yea this is a stupid thing to complain about. But I've gotten used to logging in one way, and it's super annoying every time I forget and try the old way. Especially if I'm not in the best state of mind lol.

Oh, and for some reason creating a Guest account doesn't do this. Admin keeps priority. But Standard users are evidently more important than the admin >.>

Answer:Changing the automatically selected user account on login screen - Windows 7

Does my description of the problem not make sense, or is there just not a solution?

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Hi,

When I log onto a windows 10 computer, log out, remote onto the computer with a different account and then log out, the login screen wont update the display name but it will update the user name.

I noticed this started with 1703 and have the same issue with 1709.

Any idea on how to get the Display name to update or to completely hide the remote users details and just show the original users login details?

This is an example of the login screen after doing the above process. Also seems to happen to some users that share a computer.

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Hey, I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium on my HP Pavilion Slimline Desktop and I need help getting my Standard user account back to Administrator. I can't run certain programs and I also can't install and uninstall anything. I don't have the Windows 7 Installation Disk to do restore. I have already tried Safe Mode and I can't enable and built in admin either. Please help me! Thank you!

Answer:How can I put my Standard user account back to Administrator when the ASP.NET Machine account is admin?

How are you trying to change the type of account?I don't have the Windows 7 Installation Disk to do restoreDo you mean System Restore? If you are, you don't need the installation disk to do this.To use System Restore click on the start orb. In the search box type in System Restore. In the list of results click on System Restore, if you are prompted for an administrator password type it in.Follow the prompts to choose a restore point and restore your computer.

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I am using Windows 7 Pro 64x and apparently the default user account (Owner) that I use is not working correctly. Unless I have UAC set to Never Notify, I cannot open Control Panel or UAC again. I have created a second user account as Administrator and it works correctly.

I would like to know if there is any way to fix this problem short of a clean install of Windows. If not, is it possible to move all of my settings to the user account that works correctly and delete the one that does not.

Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Default User Account (Administrator) acts like Standard Account

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Suddenly, the Windows 7 doesn't allow me to access my Admin Account and showing error msg (The User Profile Service service failed to Logon). I am left with only the Guest Account with limited access.
I tried copying the cmd.exe, using Fix It Program, login through Safe Mode but all didn't work.
Would anyone help pls?
HMK

Answer:The User Profile (Administrator Account) Service failed to logon and then left with only Guest Account in Windows 7

Hi,

Occasionally, Windows might not read your user profile correctly, such as if your antivirus software is scanning your computer while you try to log on.
Please try restarting your computer and logging on with your user account again.

If the issue still persists, please restart in safe mode to log on with the built-in administrator account:
1. Restart your computer and hit F8 multiples times until you see a menu-like screen, if you see the Windows splash screen then repeat this step
2. Highlight and hit enter on Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Try logging in there.
3. If you are able to login, once a command prompt pops up, type: net user administrator password /active:yes (you can specify whatever password you want for the administrator
account.)
4. If you get a message saying "The command completed successfully", then restart your computer by typing: shutdown -r
5. Boot up again pressing F8, but this time choose just Safe Mode.
6. You will be able to login as Administrator with the password you set in Step 3.

Then try the following methods:
Method 1: Fix these user account profile on these computer

Method 2: Log on to Windows and copy your data to a new account
Method 3: Delete the error SID and create a new profile
For the detailed information, please refer to this article:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947215Karen Hu
TechNet Community Support

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HELP!!! I've accidentally had Control Alt Delete on my Logon Screen. And from my laptop, I couldn't type it in with my keyboard, so I have to use Ease of Access and use the On-screen Keyboard. From there, it had a "Other User" Account which asks for a username and password, which I don't have because THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I've encountered an "Other User" Account.

I don't know how to retrieve my administrator account. I've been guessing several usernames and passwords for the "Other User" account (even my admin. username and password) but no luck.

PLEASE HELP!! IM REALLY DESPERATE.

Here's what my logon screen currently looks like:

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Answer:How do I disable Other User Account in Vista and retrieve Administrator account?

Hello, wow , i have never seen this before, here is an idea, couldn't hurt to try it : force a shutdown by pressing the power button, it will then shut down, Then restart it, it should go to the F8 screen automatically, see if you can enter into the restore or repair functions or last known working configuration. Just a thought. Post back results please.

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I have two accounts on my XP laptop. I have the Administrator account and a regular
User account. I had to do some administrative work with my User account so I logged
in as the Administrator, changed my User account to an Administrator account, went
and did my work.

I then logged back in as Administrator and tried to change my User account back to
a normal user account, but it wouldn't let me telling me that I have to have at least
1 Administrator account for me to be able to do this. I'm not sure why it's telling
me that because I still have my Administrator account.

I logged in as Administrator, then went into Control Panel, and then User Accounts.
Then I clicked on "Change An Account". Then I clicked on "User1". Then I clicked
on "Change My Account Type". But then on this page, the "Limited" radio button is
grayed out and I cannot change it, and above it, it says, "You must assign another
user on this computer with a computer administrator account before you can change
this user's account type. This ensures that there is always at least one user with
a computer administrator account on this computer."

Don't know why I'm getting this seeing as how I'm logged in as Administrator.

Answer:Problems Changing Administrator Account To Normal User Account?

Nevermind. I figured out how to fix it. Instead of going through Control Panel->User Accounts, I go to Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Computer Management, and I'm able to make the change through there. Not sure why one method works and the other doesn't, but it does!

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I am using Windows 7 Pro 64x and apparently the default user account (Owner) that I use is not working correctly. Unless I have UAC set to Never Notify, I cannot open Control Panel or UAC again. When I try, I get the error message listed below. I have created a second user account as Administrator and it works correctly.

I would like to know if there is any way to fix this problem short of a clean install of Windows. If not, is it possible to move all of my settings to the user account that works correctly and delete the one that does not.

Thanks

Answer:Default User Account (Administrator) acts like Standard Account

Hello,

Right click Computer and click manage. On the left hand side there will be local users and groups. Go to the Administrators group and just confirm that the Owner account is in there?
Dave

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I was having some trouble with a newly installed program failing to run. Their tech support had me create a new user account (start, control panel, user accounts, create new account). I did not realize that creating a new administrator user account by following their instructions would make the original Administrator user account inaccessible. I dug through folders and found my documents and made sure they were all on my expansion drive. Now, I want my account back. Otherwise, I have to set up my entire computer again. The thought of this makes me turn into a velociraptor who wants to destroy the tech support that told me to do this.

As of right now, I have not internet connection on my computer. I tried searching forums from my phone, but it was extremely difficult (not the best phone). If this topic already exists and I just could not find it, please accept my apologies for the duplicate and post a link. Thanks!

Answer:Created new user account, original Administrator account disappeared

I just remembered that I could CTL ALT DELETE twice at the Welcome screen to get to the logon and type in Administrator. I haven't used it in years, so it did not occur to me. I am now in my administrator user account. If I delete the new user account, will it go back to the way it was before? Or will I screw something else up by doing that?

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Hi,

I'm running Win 7 Pro x64 and Office 2007. I installed a Bluetooth transceiver recently and developed a problem when replying to email in Outlook 2007. When I select an email to reply, the email editor pops up with a "Custom UI Runtime Error in Send to Bluetooth." The solution to this issue is to disable the COM Add-In "Send to Bluetooth" in one of the other Office applications such as Word.

However, when I attempt to uncheck the "Send to Bluetooth" option, I get an indication from a pop-up warning box that "This add-in is installed for all users on this computer, and can only be connected or disconnected by an administrator.

I am the only user on this computer and my user account is an administrator account. I have the system to start to the desktop without any intermediate log-ins or any intermediate screens.

How do I let Word know that I am an administrator so I can disable the COM Add-In and stop the offending pop-up every time I reply to an email?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Regards

Answer:User Administrator Account won't allow Administrator Privilages

You could try right clicking the program and choose run as administrator. Then try to disable the addon.
Although with Microsoft software it usually is smart enough to prompt you with uac when you need to change something like that.

Interesting...

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Since this a security forum, I thought it would be nice to see how many of our members bother creating a Standard User Account or simply use the default Admin User Account.

Anyone is free to explain their own reasoning for choosing a type of account if he/she wants to.

Currently I use a Standard User Account. Decided to try one a few days ago, and so far I like it. I don't find it that much annoying or bothersome(so far)
 

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Hello!
I have a new PC and set up. I have (stupidly, not knowing what I was doing) changed from an Administrator to a Standard User. There are NO other Administrators set up on this PC! Now, there seems to be NO way to change back from Standard user to Administrator. Every solution I have come across needs an Administrator password and of course, I don;t have one because I am not signed in as an administrator! Does anyone know of a workable solution to this? I can't even do a system restore because of course, I need to be signed in as an Administrator! ANY assistance will be most gratefully received!

Answer:Change Standard User account to Administrator account???

Activate the built-in hidden super Administrator Account and then log into it and create an admin account.

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My Windows7 suddenly displayed a default desktop. I then did an unsuccessful system restore, tried the undo and got stuck.

From there on, when I want to log in I end up at the error message "The user profile service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded".

I tried to activate the administrator account by using "net user administrator /active:yes". The command executes, but administrator never shows up on the login screen.

I cannot start Windows 7 in safe mode. A few seconds after the safe mode login screen appears the computer restarts automatically. No administrator account is listed here either.

I tried kb/947215, but only S-1-5-18, 19 and 20 show up (regedit from the command prompt, since I cannot log into Windows 7 in any mode.

The startup repair doesn't find a fault. What now? I want to avoid a clean install, if at all possible...

Answer:User account corrupted, administrator account not accessible

You could try a Repair Install: Repair Install

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I have xp pro installed as my os. In the administrator account, I have outlook express as my default email program. I would like to move my email files to another user account. Can I do that, and if so how?
Thanks

Answer:moving files from administrator account to another user account

sounds like you will need to export the files first. Click on File -> export. Save it to some where on the c: and then import the files when you are logged in as another user.

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dont know user account control password AND no administrator user so i cant download/install anything, cant update, and i cant change any settings someone please help PLUS i just got this computer iv read some other entrys where people had the same problem as me they said to do a system reboot in safemode but i dont know how. can someone help me? thank you

Answer:dont know user account control password and no administrator user

after the bios loads but before windows start to load hit f8 and you get your windows boot options.

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Hi

I have a unit i want to have 4 user accounts on and one of them should auto login.

How do i change to one of my other 3 accounts?
Change user doesnt work, just auto login.

Im running Windows embedded standard 7

Best regards
Alexander

Answer:Multiple user accounts, 1 auto login , how to login to another account

Can you log off the user that was automatically logged on?

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Hello Members
The OS system being used is Windows sever 2003 R2.

If a user has log in to the server on there account, and his/her rights are not administrative, and say during his use an application crashes, where does an administrator also login at the same time to gain access to administrative rights to
make any changes, or teminate applications (Task manager)?

Kind regards
 

Answer:How can i make administrator changes in a non administrator account?

You can hold down shift and right click on taskman.exe (in the windows folder), and select the 'run as' option.
 

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I'm the only user on this laptop and my admin account was called "HybridPC" and I disabled the windows login screen. (Turn computer on and goes right to desktop). One day the welcome screen popped up out of nowhere and I had to login. I tried disabling the login screen to where it was before and now I've screwed things up royally. I cannot login to my original admin account or find it. All the files are still there on my C:\Users\HybridPC folder, but I've lost the profile and user.
I think I messed things up further by trying to create/delete other new user accounts. I've attached 3 screenshots showing my C:users folder, User account screen and the netplwiz.exe profiles.

I've been adding/deleting and can't get back to square one. I don't see my user at all on the welcome screen.
Thanks for your help!

Top User Folder is new today and odd looking as I was attempting to fix on my own.

Answer:User Profile/Account problem (can't login to original admin account)

Hello tytlyf, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Let's start to see if you disabled or deleted your "HybridPC" by using the tutorial below to get details about all accounts on your computer while you are logged in to your "Admin" account, then post back with them. Afterwards, we can go from there.

User Accounts - View Detailed Information About in Windows

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Hello,
Cousin has an old Toshiba he bought pre loaded with W7 Home Premium. He was running it as he got it and I had him add a standard user account for general use and a quasi-administator account for working. He has been running that way for a while. Today I needed him to look in the C:\ Users account and it shows the quasi-Administrator, his standard user and a Administrator.
Is it hard to get rid of the Administrator account, that isn't showing up in User's Accounts from the control panel.
Thanks for any help!
Glenn

Answer:No Administrator shown in User Account, but shows in C:\User ?

Hello Glenn,

The "C:\Users\Administrator" user profile folder is for the built-in elevated "Administrator" account. It's only created the first time that the built-in Administrator account has been enabled and logged in to.

When the built-in "Administrator" account is disabled, it will no longer be displayed in "User Accounts" (Control Panel) or the log on screen. However, it's user profile folder will still be there since it contains that account's personal settings and such.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

Is this what you are referring to?

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Hi, This is joel, i'm using windows 10 from last 1month.I added a user account for others but when tried to login it says "user account couldn't loaded. Except admin account, other user account couldn't be accessed.

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If I login to the administrator account to make changes, I naturally want any changes I make to appear in the standard user account since that is the one I am making changes for. Does this happen automatically or do I have to do something special to make sure it always works that way?

Answer:User admin account to make changes that show up in standard account?

You are correct - only a moron or someone who didn't care about security would run as part of the administrator group all the time. Lots of people do but that is their prerogative.

You say changes (what changes you do not say) are not copied from one user account to another. This is obvious. That is the point in having separate accounts. If user account A has authority to do something does that mean users account B-Z should as well? The obvious answer would be no.

Give an example of your issue as at the moment it seems you are just not understanding the difference between group and user level security.

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After a clean install of Windows 7 and installing both current NVidia (GeForce 7800GS AGP) drivers and monitor driver (ACER W223X) I was able to get Windows & to run in my monitor's native resolution (1680x1050) but no matter what resolution I run in I get some weird effects. When in the 'Login Screen' I get short black lines scattered about the screen and the controls are all corrupted. Once logged in and on the desktop the graphics are all good with no issues at all. That is until I try to do something that requires Windows to toss me the "User Account Control" dialog.
The dialog is corrupted (see attached) except for the "No" button which is obviously the default and therefore has focus. As I move the mouse over the "Yes" button it gains focus and it becomes clear and visible. The background, although dimmed, displays just fine. If I drag the dialog around the screen, the "No" button leaves copies of itself like mousetracks. When I click yes or no and the dialog closes, the display goes back to normal. This occured both during Windows installation and after it was completed. I just assumed that once the updated drivers were installed it would go away. NOT!
I am guessing Windows is changing the display resolution when dimming the screen or in the login screen. ?? I have exhausted myself trying Vista drivers, XP drivers, Windows default drivers... I have tried about 10 different versions and still no change. Suggestions. Is this an... Read more

Answer:Login screen and "User Account Control" Dialog Corrupted

Video card memory gone bad maybe? Overlap conflict between video and system memory. Possibly need a updated video driver?

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I have one user account upon startup and is set as an administrator however I cannot make changes when I run system configuration. Also, I cannot log off when i click the log off icon in the start up menu. I turn off the computer by pressing the power button.

I use windows XP Pro. Help is greatly appreciated.
 

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I'm reading "Windows Security Inside and Out" by Bott & Siechert , published by Microsoft. It states that there is always a built-in "Administrator" account which is often not visible on the Welcome screen. I read somewhere that the default password for this account is blank. They recommend logging on to this account and setting up a password to enhance security.

I boot up and arrive at the Welcome screen and then do two Cont-Alt-Del's to get to the old fashion login screen. I enter Administrator with a blank password. In my case I get a Login Message: "Unable to log you on because of an account restriction" Am I missing something? Is the default password not blank?

Thanks.
 

Answer:Login using Administrator account?

I think you may have to go to User Accounts and set a password for it first, maybe.
 

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hello ever one,
i am mahesh,
accidentally i disabled administrator account in local users and groups-users-properties of administrator account-put tick in ACCOUNT DISABLED.I have on guest account.now i am accessing that one.but i can't able to login in ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT.any body help me how to enable administrator account from guest account by command mode or registry.I know administrator account password.

If any body known plz give me best suggestion.

Thank u.
T.S MAHESWARA REDDY

Answer:how to enabel administrator account in user account

Hi Mahesh,

Which version of XP, home edition, professional or media centre? I think the procedure depends on this.

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I am attempting to invoke the built-in Administrator Account in Win 7 Pro 64-bit but when I try to make any Personalization changes it won't allow me to do so. Changing to Windows Basic theme produces: "This theme can't be applied to the desktop" Other themes do the same. When I right-click on the taskbar and try to set it for small icons, I first untick Lock the Taskbar.and then select Use Small Icons. As soon as I release, the tick comes back - and so do the large icons! I fully appreciate the risks associated with the built-in administrator account. I put it on a desktop which has Windows 7 Ultimate on it many months ago and it went on - and has performed since - without any problems whatsoever. (I re-named it, of course!)message edited by recordamus

Answer:Built-in W7 Administrator Account won't let me make changes

I think your only option is to re-install Windows.

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Can't make changes in the default Administrator Account. I'm talking basic stuff here. Can't unlock the taskbar. Resize or move the taskbar around. Not to the same monitor or to another Which is what I want to do. I can't do other things similar to this such as changing the environment a bit. I don't know what else is blocked because I really don't spend any time in that account but if these basic functions are blocked you KNOW there are more serious things that are blocked as well.


I created a new Administrator account and it has the same issues.


I mean isn't the default Administrator's Account supposed to be able to do EVERYTHING WITHOUT verification. I am unable to make even basic changes. I can't change the view of Windows Explorer. I change the default computer view from Tiles to Details and the next Explorer window that comes up has it back at tile view. I tried to get windows to show file extensions and it won't even though I uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types" in Folder Options.

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Can't make changes in the default Administrator Account. I'm talking basic stuff here. Can't unlock the taskbar. Resize or move the taskbar around. Not to the same monitor or to another Which is what I want to do. I can't do other things similar to this such as changing the environment a bit. I don't know what else is blocked because I really don't spend any time in that account but if these basic functions are blocked you KNOW there are more serious things that are blocked as well.


I created a new Administrator account and it has the same issues.


I mean isn't the default Administrator's Account supposed to be able to do EVERYTHING WITHOUT verification. I am unable to make even basic changes. I can't change the view of Windows Explorer. I change the default computer view from Tiles to Details and the next Explorer window that comes up has it back at tile view. I tried to get windows to show file extensions and it won't even though I uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types" in Folder Options.

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Could someone give me a general idea of how I could clone the administrator group and change it so that it can do everything a normal administrator could do, but not access bitlocker, or manage other accounts.

thanks
-ben

Answer:Make a modified Administrator account

Are you asking how to make another admin account?

John Barnett's Windows Vista Support: Create New User Profile

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I need help pl....ea....se...I have done something to my accounts and cannot login as administrator which I want to do to enable a default on a mail account.When I look at the accounts I can only see two - one is the Guest account and the other I presume to be the Administrator a/c which is p/w protected but when I put in the p/w and open the system to enable the default it still tells me I need to login as administrator !!!I have carried out the command prompt which should enable the administrator logon but nothing changes.What can I do please.

Answer:Administrator Account Login Windows 7

In "Control panel > User Accounts", select your Administrator account and then click the link to "Change User Account Control settings". Temporarily set the slider to the bottom (Never Notify) and see if that lets you perform the necessary task.If what you're trying to do is done from the Command Prompt window, when opening it from the All Programs list, did you right-click it and select "Run as Administrator"?

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Windows 7 Ultimate - in a domain:

I'm not able to logon to my machine using our Admin account. I just get the usual error that the account isn't valid. Is there something I need to change locally or in Active Directory?

Answer:Can't login using Network Administrator Account

Checking around Google, this seems to be the way to log on:

Username: DomainName\UserName
Password: Password

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I have no idea what happened. I restarted and the only account listed is my daughters account (I know she didnt do anything because she wasn't here)
The administrator account (my account) is not showing at all.
I can access all my files from this account but lost OE identities.
What happened?
 

Answer:Administrator account not showing at login!!

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Hi - this is a weird issue ...

I have an administrator account named hp_admin.

Today, when I tried to log in to that account, nothing happened.

There was no error message, and the login window just refreshed.

I tried to login many times, but same result.

Rebooted, same result.

My other but limited account still works OK.

I checked the profile folders, and found that what should be hp_admin has is named TB_admin.

I recall that when I setup the laptop the was initially TB_admin, and I later renamed it. But it has worked just fine for 2 years!

And how to I fix this weired issue???

BTW - I find that if I callup cmd.exe, I can run as admin, and dialog shows hp_admin, and the password works - but I cannot log into that account, either at startup or switch user.

Answer:my administrator account has been renamed and I cannot login

I enabled the default Win7 Administrator, and logged in wuth that account.

I then switched user, and tried to login to my hp_admin account hp_admin but this time I accidentally put in the wrong password.

When I retried with the correct password ... this time it logged in OK.

Have disabled the Administrator, and hp_admin is working OK.

Mysterious!

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I got a new notebook and not using win7 got off to a bad start or starts not ever using 7 before...lucky I knew to figure out backup right off just in case.
Anyway I see I'm not the administrator. I am a user. I have a name I gave it. Is there a way I can become the adminstrator and have full control ? I have all my programs on my desktop etc. I used the tuturial to turn on the administrator but found when I restarted I had two choices one the admin the other me (user). Can I moved all my info to admin mode or change my user status to full control. etc.

Answer:Make a User Administrator ?

Hi,

You may be an Administrator already, you can check this by:

(Option Two)
User Accounts - Add or Remove from Groups

Right Click Computer >> Select Manage - You get a screen like below, click Local Users and Groups:


Now double click 'Users'


Now double click 'Administrators'


Is your username listed there?


Regards,
JDobbsy1987

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I have Windows 7. From one day to the next I am unable to log into my user name which is also the administrator of the computer. The message is "user profile failed the login. user profile can not be loaded". I can not add anything or update any programs because of this. Very frustrating. I can get into it under safe mode.
Help!
 

Answer:administrator user login

I'd create another Administrative User Account so that all ability to login is not lost. Make that new User Account your main one if you do not find a fix for your current account.
 

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Hi.. I have windows 7 in my laptop but I forget for administrator password, I'm only remember a guest password. so I have problem to update many program like a adobe flash, yahoo messenger, etc..
and If I try to updated or install a adobeflash(etc) its looking for administrator password.
Help me please..

Answer:how do i login administrator account if forget the password

Up...up...up...

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Hi,

I'm in the process of creating a build for my company using sysprep, then imagex for deploying the image.

I understand that the autologin feature must be enabled in the unattended answer file for the built in administrator account to be enabled. I've done some testing and searching but can't find anything about stopping autologin.

Once Windows has loaded into the default administrator account after sysprep, how can this autologin be disabled?
Even if I create another user account, then restart, the computer will still autologin to the administrator account.

I am ultimately going to add the computer to a domain, this may fix the issue, but does anyone know how to disable this autologin after sysprep?


Thanks in advance

Answer:Disabling Administrator Account auto login

Read this tutorial: Log On Automatically at Startup

Step 4 shows how to turn it off.

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Hi guys, I hope you can help me here.

I loaned my laptop to a friend as i was going on holiday and he's mannged to screw it up big time.

He messed up the profile and changed some stuff around that didn't want to revert back to default. My problem is that he created a new account for me and deleted my original one. Here is the problem. My new account doesn't have Admin priv. I have tried fixing this by attempting to login as the Admin but this doesn't seem to work. I assumed the Admin password would be the same as my original ccount since it didn't ask for a password when i installed the OS (Windows 7 Ultimate).

Now I can installed and software or make any changes to the OS.

Can anyone suggest how I can sort this out without having to reinstall the OS? It tooks me ages to get it the way I wanted. And please don't mention that I should have created an account for him before giving him the laptop.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Windows 7 Administrator Account login problem

As the saying goes live and learn. Did you go to All Programs and make the Install DVD's
so you can restore your computer back to like factory condition when you bought it ?
You say:
( I assumed the Admin password would be the same as my original account since it didn't ask for a password when i installed the OS (Windows 7 Ultimate).
I don't understand what your saying here.

If you don't know the password for the Adminstrator and your friend doesn't remember it
than you can't get into that account. You can get around Windows XP password but
I've never found a way to get around windows 7 password.
That being said.
That information is not allowed to be given out on this forum.
 

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I added myself as a limited user. When I logged off, both my mother's account (which is the adminstrator account) and my account (limited account) were listed. After re-starting the computer my mother's administrator account has completely disappeared. I've gone to the control panel and checked it all out. Nothing is there. I have also right clicked on "my computer", then hit "manage" and tried to make changes there however, seeing as how I am logged in on my account (because that is the only option for me) it keeps telling me my access is denied. We have been working on this for four days now and need a solution. If anyone has a step by step process, that I've not already tried, I would be extremely grateful!

Answer:Administrator user account is gone

do you remember the password for the admin account ? If yes then press ctrl+ ALT+DEL at the login screen . You will see a login box .Provide the username and password for administrator account. Hopefully you should able to get in. Then go and make changes you want..Otherway to get in is safe mode..In safe mode you will see all accounts..I think windows XP hides administrator account from logon screen once you have created extra users.. (there is a registry hack to enable it but i wont recommend here until needed..)Subhash Chandra.http://www.wintechgeek.com

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well, I have nobody to blame but myself but when installing Windows 10 I allowed the software to create a Microsoft account and it naturally built an account with no administrator privileges. Of course this is totally wortless for me - I'm the only User on this laptop and under 7 I simply used the Administrator account.

So with 10 I did modify my user account to have Administrator privileges but it's still not the same as as Administrator.

Is there away to take the account I setup and make it the Administrator or should I just uninstall 10 and go back to 7?

I hope this makes sense.

Thanks is advance for reading.

Answer:User Account / Administrator

Hello Myopicvoid, and welcome to Ten Forums.

The account that is setup during the installation of Windows 10 is an administrator account, but you must approve anything that wants to run elevated by default. This was the same in Windows 7.

You could use the built-in elevated "Administrator" account, but you will not be able to use any Windows apps (aka: modern apps) since they will not run in an elevated environment.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html

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Have just got a new PC with Windows XP Pro. Spent all day setting it up and when I booted up this morning it was to a new screen etc. Discovered it booted as Administrator while all my settings etc are on a User account. Not sure how this happened - was it something I did and does it matter? I suppose I can set it to boot to User.

Have searched the archives and there is one showing how to change the accounts - should I do this or just leave things as they are? It is a single user computer

Thanks
 

Answer:Administrator/User account

thats easy.If you created 2 acounts by accident. Go to my computer click on controll panel go to user accounts there you can pick to either change a acount add acount change the way a user logs on or off.Hope that helps
 

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Hey,

I want to run a program or utility that I have for XP. The only problem though is that I have to be logged in as the name "Administrator", not just administrative priviledges. So I went into my Control Panel and looked at the users listed, there was none by the name Administrator. So I proceeded to add a new user with that name, except when I did, I got an error stating something like "User with this name already exists." I wasn't sure why that was, so I went to my Documents & Settings folder and there wasn't any Administrator folder under there. So now I went to my account which I am currently using, and tried changing my name to Administrator to see if that would work, and it didn't, it came up with the same error again. I've been trying to figure this out all night lastnight and all morning today, but haven't been able to resolve it. Except I did find one thing which may be causing it. I went onto my network, and found that on the other computer that's connected to my network (and only other one), that there is an Administrator folder under the Documents & Settings folder. I was wondering if that account could be causing this conflict. And if so, how can I fix so that I can have the "Administrator" account on my computer since I am the administrator of the network??? Any assistance and help would be greatly appreciated
 

Answer:Administrator User Account

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I have read on Get Safe Online :-
It?s also a good idea not to use your computer in administrator mode. It?s better to make a user account and log in with that for day-to-day use.
However, when anlaysing security on my computer with Belarc Advisor it ticks User Accounts as a security risk.
Any views on this topic plse.

Answer:Administrator Account or User Account?

If you don't have your user account set as administrator there are some programs that you will not be able to download or open or remove.
I would say yes you would need to use your account in administrative mode.

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the "run as administrator" option? If you're the administrator, aren't all programs "run as administrator" by default?

The reason I ask is that I'm trying to delete something via Spybot, and a message appeared on the screen saying I need to run the program as an adminstrator in order to perform the deletion.

Answer:If my user account is the administrator account, why the need for...

By default, an administrator account behaves in exactly the same way and with the same privileges as a standard account. Some programs, however, need to be run at a higher privilege level, even when run from an administrator account. In these cases, you need to right-click and select Run as administrator. Depending on the account you are currently using, you will be asked to provide administrative credentials (from a standard account) or confirm that you want to elevate (from within an administrative account).

This is part of the improved security in Windows 7, and is designed to make it harder for malware to get on your system. Of course, it isn't infallible, so you must always keep alert.

This is controlled by means of tokens, and a standard account has just one whereas an administrator account has two, a standard token and an administrative token. In normal use, both types of account use the token with standard privileges. When you right-click and select Run as administrator (see above), you are instructing the program (and that program only) to use the administrator token and to run with full administrative privileges.

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how to make it transparent or to just completely remove it?

Answer:How to make the login account pic transparent?

Win10Newb said:

how to make it transparent or to just completely remove it?



In Settings/Personalization/Lock Screen you'll need to uncheck 'Show lock screen background picture on the sign in screen',
then create an account picture the exact same color as that solid color background, (usually your accent color), and apply it.
(You won't have an image for your sign-in screen)

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how to make it transparent or to just completely remove it?

Answer:How to make the login account pic transparent?

Originally Posted by Win10Newb


how to make it transparent or to just completely remove it?



In Settings/Personalization/Lock Screen you'll need to uncheck 'Show lock screen background picture on the sign in screen',
then create an account picture the exact same color as that solid color background, (usually your accent color), and apply it.
(You won't have an image for your sign-in screen)

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By mistake, I have deleted the administrator user account from my Dell notebook (I am running XP Pro). All that is left in the user profile section of my user accounts section of my control panel is one guest account.

I cannot even gain enough authorization to do a system restore or defrag.

I backed up all my data and attempted to reload Windows XP to fix this, but the computer would not let me do this because I do not have administrator privileges.

How should I proceed?
 

Answer:I deleted the administrator user account

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How can I run a program as administrator in a user account that isn't administrator? I need this since I can't update chrome on a non administrator account . Windows 8 gives me an error but I can't find a way to start chrome as administrator. Thanks in advance.

Answer:How to run a program as administrator in a user account ?

Right click the software and select properties, then click advanced and tick the box "run as admin".

Run as Administrator - in Windows 8

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My administrator account has disappeared from the computer.  We still have one user, but that wasn't set as administrator so we can't updated anything. I don't want to lose all of my pictures and documents.  I have tried a system restore, but it pops up with the old administrator account/password screen.  When I click ok, nothing happens and it says it can't find it. Is there a way to add the account back to the user group?

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just two days ago I installed xp in my computer and my user account name was "administrator" and today I created a one more account. All of a sudden now when I restarted my compter the old administrator account gone. I can see only the new account in the welcome screen. I cannot find my administrator account in fast switching mode.Please help with this

Answer:my user account administrator profile gone in

Don't use the welcome screen. Open the control panel & go to users & accounts, change the way users login. Get rid of the welcome screen. Make sure that you know all the passwords before you do it.How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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i need to get into the administrator account on this laptop.

i barely know any information about this computer.
i am on a limited account.

it is a dell inspiron 1100.
& i am using windows xp pro.

obviously, i need to get the password for the administrator account.

i would really apprececiate some help on this matter.
please & thanks.
 

Answer:I need into my administrator user account but don't have the password.

Ask the administrator.
 

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Hello.I want to create another user on my pc. I went to the user accounts in control panel etc, but when I try to add a user it will only let me make it an administrator and the limited user is greyed out. It says "you have to create at least one admin acct before you can create other accounts" but I AM already the administartor. When I went through with the wizard, it only showed the new user (as the administrator)on the welcome screen and my personal settings werent there so I had to do a sys restore.How do I create another user with limited access then? Any help gratefully received as usual.

Answer:xp user account-administrator problem

Are you loging in under your own name or as the administrator?

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Can somebody give me a way to deny the NET user password change in command prompt.
 

Answer:Administrator Account Hack - NET User

Do you want to prohibit a particular account from running the NET command? You can right click on that file, choose properties and then security tab. There you can deny that account access.
 

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I just found out about the hidden Administrator account in 7, herp derp. I hate UAC prompts and I want to use the account. How can I migrate everything from my old user account to Administrator while not breaking any program dependencies or anything like that?

Answer:Migrating User Account to Administrator

You might want to read this article, but it doesn't sound particularly easy: Configuring Default User Settings

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I somehow have managed to delete the administrator user account on my wife's computer. There still exists a limited user account. How can I create an administrator account again?

Answer:Deleted Administrator User Account

Hey Ocra Jones, Welcome to TSF.

I'm not sure it's possible to delete an admin account (if it's the only admin account). XP usually insist's on having atleast one Admin account at all times.

You might be able to create another admin account by booting into safe mode and logging into the hidden admin account and creating another one that way.

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My Windows 7 SP1 PC was running very slow so I tried running a Mcafee scan. Got error: "McAfee proxy service failed to start due to error: Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file."
Went back to a restore point from a few weeks earlier. After that, whenever I booted the PC it kept booting to a temporary profile. Went to safe mode, uninstalled Mcafee and installed Avast (wasn't going to renew Mcafee anyway). The when booted PC I got the square to "choose account" and whenever I chose my "Roger" account I was immediately logged off.
Back in Safe mode I created another administrator account named "Sue." I can now successfully use the "Sue" account to access all of the files owned by "Roger" and I appear to not be having any problem using "Sue."
BOTTOM LINE QUESTION: Can I continue using the "Sue" account and not bother fixing the "Roger" account? That is what I would like to do. I don't like messing with the registry.
 

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Hey, I wan't to make sure I have admin acess, how do I make sure I am an admin?
 

Answer:How do I set my user account to Administrator? (Vista)

I just disable user account controls, but you can also do this: go to start menu and type UAC in the search bar, click on user account controls, click on your account then set it as the administrator.
 

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I have a friend who is running Windows XP Home Edition. It seems they no longer have an “administrator” logon name. When they get to the screen to logon, it shows her childrens logon name and they can login fine. The problem is they have very limited priviliges so no programs can be installed, users added, etc. Under the User accounts setting in the Control Panel the only user account is for her kids, there is no administrator account listed.

It used to be she could sign on by just typing in her administrator username with no password and it would work fine.

I did not think it possible to remove the local administrator account. Any suggestions?
 

Answer:Missing Administrator user account!

If it is XP Home, Boot into Safe Mode and login as the account named Administrator.
 

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