Windows 10: Hidden Administrator account, no backup admin Solved

  1.    17 May 2017 #1

    Hidden Administrator account, no backup admin

    I foolishly hid my only administrator account using the registry editor and I can't do anything with the secondary account that I have on the computer.

    I went to:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
    Created a new key
    Created a new key under that
    Created new Dword (32bit)
    >"Test" <-- Name of the administrator account
    Set hex value to 0.

    Having completely forgotten to elevate the secondary account to an administrator, I logged out.

    Now I can't log in to my administrator account. When I log in with the secondary account, the UAC prompt has no option for sign in or administrator password entry, it just allows you to click "No". I have no rights to edit the same entry in the registry editor and I can't access gpedit.msc.

    I tried using Shift+Restart to use command prompt - which does allow me to sign in with my admin credentials. I tried "net user Administrator /active:yes" (and tried the same with my named administrator account), which says it was successful, but makes no changes after exiting command prompt and continuing to windows. I also opened "regedit" through the command prompt and tried to make the same entry in regedit that I initially made (the keys and dword don't show up when I open it), but with a value of 1, with no effect.

    I tried booting into safe mode as well and clicking on the account icon to switch users, but the option doesn't exist (account hidden).

    I ended up doing a reset on the computer, but I am left with the same option at the sign in screen and no access to administrator accounts.
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       17 May 2017 #2

    Welcome to TenForums @johnny51

    You're not the first to shoot yourself in the foot like this, and you won't be the last :)

    You need to enable the built-in Administrator account and use that to undo this - difficult without a normal admin login available, but not impossible. See Option Four in this tutorial.

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10
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  3.    17 May 2017 #3

    You are a beautiful, beautiful person!

    Thank you!

    Signed in with the Administrator account and correcting my mistake now.
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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       17 May 2017 #4

    johnny51 said: View Post
    Signed in with the Administrator account and correcting my mistake now.
    Well done! That was quick work, you obviously know your way round a PC. But you should stick around TenForums, there's a lot more you can learn here.
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  5.    17 May 2017 #5

    Bree said: View Post
    ...there's a lot more you can learn here.
    I would say you've proved that already. I'll definitely be sticking around to soak up some of the knowledge and wisdom that you and the other masters have to offer.
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