March 18, 2014 at 12:23 am #38605MitzKeymaster
In Windows XP the main administrators account comes default with no password at all. Therefore in Windows XP Pro and Home you can simply login to hidden admin account like this:
1. Go to the welcome screen where you would usually login to your computer.
2. Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE on your keyboard two times.
3. Type the word administrator in the username box. Type the password if there is one. If not continue to step 4.
4. Leave the password area completely blank (as there is no admin password).
5. Press enter or Ok. If the admin account is enabled then you will be able to login.
If your admin is disabled you can enble the account. See this post about disabling the admin account in Windows XP or see the following instructions.
Accessing Hidden Administrator Account Does Not Work From Login Screen
So you can’t follow these instructions to get into the hidden Admin account from the Windows XP login screen. This is because in Windows XP PRO it only works if this is the only account. If there are other accounts created then that’s ok because there are a few options to try.
The first option is to login through safe mode:
1. Reboot your computer.
2. Press F8 quickly when Windows is booting.
3. This will open the advanced boot options menu.
4. Choose safe mode from the list by using the arrow key to navigate up and down.
5. Now when you get to the welcome screen you will see the administrator account there as well. You can login as intended.
Enable The Admin Account Through Dos
1. Login to your computer.
2. Go to the start menu and choose run from the menu. Or just press the Win Key and the letter R to open run.
3. Type in cmd. A command window will show.
4. Type net user administrator active:yes
This will make the admin account visible in the user account control panel.
Set A Password On The Hidden Administrator Account In Windows XP
Now you can also set a password for this main admin account. This is a security precaution and is highly recommended. (You must keep this password safe and not lose it!)
1. Go to the start menu and choose run from the menu. Or just press the Win Key and the letter R to open run.
2. Type in cmd. A command window will show.
3. Type in this command net user administrator password theactualpassword. For example I might type net user administrator password boo26!Ntdm4.
Video Showing How To Use Net User To Change User Details
Please note that you need to be an admin to do this:
Tips For Your Windows XP Administrator Account
- Set a password for the main admin account.
- Never use the admin account for everyday computer use.
- Only have one admin account if possible.
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