Unhide the Administrator Account in Windows XP

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In every installation of Windows XP, there is a built-in and defaut administrator user account named Administrator, which is equivalent to super user or root in Unix/Linux system. However, if you have set up another user account in Windows XP, the Administrator account will be hidden, cloaked and invisible in User Accounts or Computer Management.

To see the Administrator account, you have to boot the Windows in Safe Mode. However, you can modify the Windows’s registry so that the Administrator account will be shown at Windows XP’s Welcome screen for you to select, in the Control Panel’s User Accounts and in the local user lists in Computer Management.

  1. Launch Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList in the Registry Editor.
  3. Double-click the Administrator key in the right pane.
  4. If the Administrator key doesn’t exist, right-click on the above tree in the pane, choose New, DWORD Value, name it Administrator and press Enter.
  5. Type 1 in the “Value data” box, and press .
  6. Restart the computer.

Note: To launch User Accounts in Control Panel, you can go to Control Panel -> User Accounts, or click Start -> Run, and then type control userpasswords and press Enter.

Once you unhide and reveal the Administrator account, you can change its picture or assign it a password or change the password. In addition, on the next boot to the Welcome screen, the Administrator account will be visible, along with all of the computer’s other user accounts.

By | 2016-02-21T22:05:21+00:00 February 21st, 2016|Categories: Windows|Tags: |53 Comments

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  • Mik Donovan

    the admin account doesnt show up, so i tried hitting new>DWORD Value, and the following message appeared: Cannot create value: Error writing to the registry. What do i do now?

  • Zeferino Coutinho

    But then… what happens if the systme does not let you add a DWord value… nor changing this area of the Regist File??? (that´s what happens in my WinXP PRO installation…)

    Zef Coutinho

  • admin

    You need to be an administrator or an user with administrative rights.

  • Eoin

    Great tip! Also note that the Registry Key need not be 'Administrator', it could occur that the default administrator account has been renamed, in which case the Key should be whatever the new name is, e.g. 'Joe' DWORD 0x1

  • you can also turn off your computer and turn it back on agen, when it is stating up keep pressing F8, then when prompted select "Safe Mode", you will see all of this crap that come up on the screen, thats fine… the next step when the start up screen is loaded, click on administrator, your now in… you have admin rights so goto C:windowssystem32lusrmgr.msc then you can go right mouse click on a user and select reset password

  • roy gosoco

    i have one big problem, i cant unhide the Run

  • ok roy gosoco are you running a server or is just a stand alone?

  • James

    hey i cant get the run button to show up and they diabled the computer from turning off

    help!

  • Drw

    Worked like a charm. Thank you.

  • Michael

    Greetings; Regarding below…

    Double-click the Administrator key in the right pane. If the Administrator key doesn’t exist, right-click on the above tree in the pane, choose New, DWORD Value, name it Administrator and press . Type 1 in the “Value data” box, and press .

    The value in this entry needs to be in dec not hexdec to work. Your instruct though fantastic and appreceated did not reflect this. I played around a bit and yahooie, it worked wonderfuly. Thanks

  • it unhides it but it still wont show on the welcome screen

  • anthony

    how to activate again my administrator account?im only using now the "guest user account"…all the files i needed are all in the administrator account..pls help me

  • Keeping the admin account unprotected is so foolish since it could provide access to the computer at any time. As in Linux I think it should be mandatory for the user to provide the main user password at installation.

  • Emily

    Thank you so much! This worked perfectly!

  • Admin

    You are all a bunch of idiots

  • Wayne Vassell

    Wow! – You saved my life! Thanks for that info my friend.

  • arun

    thanks ………..

  • Prince-W

    Great! Great! Great! Thanks for the tips… Well done!

  • Mahadi

    Many Many Thanks

  • Hugo

    This solution works just as described. Thanks. You saved me a lot of time.

  • Matt

    Muahahahaha I feel so strong now:p

  • Matt

    Muahahahahaha I feel so powerful now:p

  • krishna

    Wow fantastic it was a very very helpful to me

  • milad

    Thanks

  • FM

    It worked thank you very much.

    Keep the good work.

  • Cricobs

    nice

  • Heather

    what do you mean by 'press .' because that just makes a '.'

    I must be missing something, someone educate me plz 🙂 thanks

  • Rajun Lehal

    Many Thanks. I Can now access the Administrator Account!

  • Justin

    Hi

    When changing value data it says it can't accept change. Any ideas?

  • Michelle

    Most useful tricks,thanks for sharing!

  • Dinesh

    Despite tweaking registry with the procedure mentioned above admin login still disabled Pls suggest an alternative method >Binary value for the D Entry also changed (1 / 0) P.S. I ve tried the registry settings from a working Pc as well . But no success . Pls help ASAP

    • INTJINFJ

      Same for me, and not only that, but now I am also LOCKED OUT from my laptop, both when trying to use the
      administrator login (which I set) and my own account login!!! I KNOW the
      PWs are correct and I set them and saved them in a file (as I always
      do, with every new installation). There was no administrator entry in
      the registry, so I made one as set out above. What now, I really don’t
      have time to reinstall the whole, nor did I make a backup for the few
      files I had on there (it’s a secondary PC). I am devastated.

  • ThatGuy

    I kept getting registry error messages.

  • Furqan Arshad

    LOve you and thanks boy/girl i didn't saw your gender! But I am very much happy that my problem is solved! and you anonymous help me! thanks

  • ARSLAN

    plz, tell me how to login to administrator's account i forgot my password and i am not able to on my server

    • Tabo

      Hey.. I think I might have answer to your question!

      Firstly Reboot your system, Just after the brand name of your computer appears start pressing F8, it will take you to Boot Menu.
      From there choose, Safe Mode. Boot the PC with safe mode.. The idea behind this is that, with safe mode it won’t ask you the user password… So you can log in directly.. After that you can directly go to the User Accounts option in Control Panel, and Delete the password of the corresponding Account.. It won’t ask you to re-type the password in order to delete it… Now you can reboot your system normally as you do everyday and there you go, you can access your computer..
      Hope I helped..
      Any other help is welcomed!

      • glecko

        perfect, thanks
        alfonzo glecko

      • Hmm

        Even in SAFE MODE, Administrator doesn’t show up any where not even in USER ACCOUNTS,. However, under Documents and Settings, it’s there. I tried to copy the entire contents of that folder to the other user profile (Administrator) and it won’t allow it. Suggestions?

  • killar

    Great info on unlocking Admin passwords, my old laptop had a pass word and the last time I few time I used it, I had no password. Using ”Safe Mode” I got right in to it and I’m not a computer geek and I did it with no problem getting in. I recommend this rather than having to use another PC to download hacking software and transfer it over to the troubled PC.

  • Vic

    Tabo, you help was special. It worked immediately. Thank you so much.

  • Vic

    Tabo, it worked. much appreciated.

  • Mado

    please, i need a help.

    we have a computer in our lab (windows XP) & three students use it, i made my own account in this computer & it asked me if i wanna make this account as administrator i did choose it because i have to install an important software to my account but suddenly the previous administrator account just disappear do u think ur way can be used to retrieve my friend account in the computer??

  • WOeser

    I have created two user accounts, one is of course administrator and one is guest, I was not able to see the administrator? How to unhide and show the administrator? thanks

    • Mado

      press Ctl ALt Delete twice u’ll get the administrator account

  • Jim

    “4.If the Administrator key doesn’t exist, right-click on the above tree in the pane, choose New, DWORD Value, name it Administrator and press .”

    Will creating this Administrator key supplant/delete any previous information, files, outlook e-mails, etc. in my Administrator account?

    Thanks

  • dan

    i dont have winlogon in regedit any other options?

  • AKHIL P R

    not working!!!!!!!!a error ” cannot creat value:error writting to registry

  • AKHIL P R

    pleassssssssssssss i need help

  • anikeyenka

    Working for me. Thank you

  • Jawz0r

    Thanks you so much! I created a new administrator account on my uncle’s PC (with his permission) so I could use it with all the benefits aswell, but his account ‘disappeared’ and only mine showed up. I went crazy since all his businessfiles were on it. Luckily you could help me out and I’ll never make a new account on this PC again. Thanks again!

  • MntlKitty

    Ok so I know this conversation is old, however I am having issues with my old xp computer.

    I followed what you said however it wouldn’t allow me to create the administrator account in regent.

    What can I do Now? I need this for work as my new laptop is broken and this is all I have till I get a new one

  • Qkansta

    Worked first time for me BUT didn’t need safe mode to achieve it.

  • INTJINFJ

    I just tried this and not only didn’t it work, but now I am LOCKED OUT from my laptop, both when trying to use the administrator login (which I set) and my own account login!!! I KNOW the PWs are correct and I set them and saved them in a file (as I always do, with every new installation). There was no administrator entry in the registry, so I made one as set out above. What now, I really don’t have time to reinstall the whole, nor did I make a backup for the few files I had on there (it’s a secondary PC) – please help!

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