Originally Posted by DaycareInferno
i would like to be able to hide the admin user account in win7 on a friend's computer so that they will only log into the non-admin account where they need password verification to make changes. i haven't found any way to hide accounts from the login screen without actually disabling them, which is really bad if the remaining account is non-admin. (you can't gain admin even with pw)
i notice in your picture that you name the admin account "admin-disaster only". i take that to mean that this is also the only solution you know of.
1. As Admin: start -> run -> type "secpol.msc"
As User: start -> type "local Security Policy" -> right click -> run as admin
2. "Local policies" > "Security Options" > Find the entry "Interactive Logon: Hide last user name" and set it to activated
There should be a way to do that via the registry too imo, but if I understood you right, this would work too.
Because you mentioned additional ways, there are like 5 or 6 probably even faster options to create/activate an admin account but this all depends on which exact win7 version you're using, so I had to pick a laborious way that applies to everyone no matter what.
Without creating an extra admin account because every windows machine has a hidden admin account already you would just:
Start -> type "cmd" press "CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER" to open the command prompt with admin rights and type: "net user administrator /active:yes"
You can disable it again with: "net user administrator /active:no"
If you unhide the built in admin account, it usually has no password at all. You have to set an password for this built in admin account or never think about enabling it at all.
Also, disabling it with no other admin account active on the machine will screw up some mechanics, depending on your windows version so use that way only if you're sure what you're doing.
Originally Posted by TheNoodleMan
Ok, so I did this and now everything is a huge pain in the ass.
I just want to return it to the way it was before but when I try to return administrator rights to my old original account nothing happens.
>start>control panel>add or remove user accounts> account name> change the account type and nothing happens.
edit: NM figured it out, I had to log in under the administrator account to do anything.
Would you mind sharing what caused you issues?
The only difference I notice between admin and user account, that I open every program with "CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER" instead of just "ENTER" and that I have to enter my admin password, but that's about it.