How to Unhide The Administrator Account in Windows XP
There are times when you need to install a particular software or hardware or you just wanted to edit your setting and windows requires you to be logged in as administrator but even your current login account with administrator privilege doesn’t work out, or maybe you just want the administrator account shows up when windows welcome screen appears. In such cases like this, you probably need the administrator account built-in with windows.
Booting in safe mode will enable you to logon to the administrator account but has limitation because in some instances some software or drivers cannot be installed or uninstalled in safe mode. When you install a fresh copy of windows xp to your computer or your computer is shipped with preinstalled windows xp a administrator account is already created on it and should be the default user login but adding additional user account with the administrator privileges may hide the administrator account. This built in administrator account with windows xp has limitless power over your computer, even creating a user account with administrator privilege sometimes have limitation. Rebooting in safe mode will show up the administrator account but there are instances that this administrator account don’t shows up in safe mode either.
THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO SHOW OR ACCESS THIS ACCOUNT IN NORMAL MODE
The First one is by going to the control panel and selecting users account and clicking on change the way users log on or off link and unchecking the use the welcome screen as shown in figure 1.1, A different logon screen will appear as shown in figure 1.2. You just type in the username as Administrator and the password if any and there you are you are logged in as administrator..
The second procedure is to edit your system registry but this is the hard way, Please take note that editing your system registry incorrectly may render your system not to function correctly or not to function at all. I recommend creating a restore point before doing this procedure or not to continue at all if you’re unsure of what you’re doing.
If you can’t edit your registry in normal mode you have to boot in safe mode by restarting windows and pressing the Function key “F8” on your keyboard before the “starting windows” appears then you can login to the administrator account provided you know the logon password or it has no logon password at all. To start editing your registry click on start click run and type regedit. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\ SpecialAccounts\UserList Double-click the Administrator key in the right pane or if the administrator key doesn’t exist right click on the vacant area on the right pane and select new then click on DWORD value and name it Administrator. Right click on the administrator you created and click on modify, on the Value Data type 1 as its value. When you’re done reboot your system and the administrator account will show up.
That’s how to show the Administrator account in your log on screen..