Unhide Administrator account on Windows 7

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If you would like to unhide the hidden Administrator account on Windows 7 Operating System here’s how you can do it:

1.Boot Win 7 DVD, go to command prompt and type regedit and open the registry editor.

2.Click on HKLM hive and next navigate to:

File>>Load hive

Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\config folder and choose SOFTWARE file

Load it and assign this hive any name for example REM_SOFTWARE.

3.Open key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\REM_SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

and remove this account or better way remove the whole key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\REM_SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts

You’re done!

You should be able to see the Administrator account now.

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11 Responses

  1. Harsh Khandelwal says:

    tht was very helpful…
    but i have 1 doubt……..
    lets say i have an administrator account and a guest account……
    and i hide administrator account…..
    and when i restart the computer.i am only shown with guest account……..
    now even if i follow ur procedure…u know very well tht its not allowed to delete or modify anything in registry frm guest account……..

    so i will be stuck,,,/
    wht do i do then????

  2. Haroon says:

    Dear Sir,
    I have done this mistake. I have hidden administrator by mistake and now can’t bring it back, however I have followed your instruction but it didn’t help.
    Would you please help me to bring administrator account back?

    • Nikolinjo says:

      Tell me exactly what you did?
      What is the problem, after you have followed steps above, your Admin account is still hidden/locked?

  3. someone says:

    Wow.. you just saved my stupid ass!
    Tho you should also mention to “Unload Hive…”,
    else the changes aren’t kept on disc 😉

  4. sirplus says:

    @ Harsh Khandelwal
    have no doubt
    You have either orig disk or admin rights to create the repair disk so it works.

  5. sirplus says:

    @ someone
    I didn’t have to unload hive, it worked without that.
    I just changed setting to 1 from 0 (decimal)

  6. ramakrishna says:

    I am stuck in step 2 :
    Since i dont have admin rights, i was unable to open config file as u suggested.
    i get UAC prompt with diabled ‘YES’ button. I could not continue from here
    PLease help me!!

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