Windows 7 Tricks: Enable Hidden Admin Account, Automatic Logon
Article by George Norman
On 02 Feb 2009
If you did not get your Beta version of Windows 7 to put to the test, then hurry up and do so before Microsoft pulls download availability for it; if you are already using Windows 7 Build 7000 which you downloaded directly from Microsoft, and you are happy with it, then perhaps you would like to play with the settings, tweak the operating system so that it better suits your needs and preferences.

When installing Windows 7, the software will automatically set up an administrator account, which will later on be disabled (default behavior that also occurs when installing Windows Vista). Whenever you want to perform tasks under the administrator account with no UAC (user account control), you need to enable the admin account. A word of warning first: it is advisable not use the admin account on a day to day basis, only enable it when you have to address some problem or issue that can only be fixed otherwise (guest accounts offer limited accessibility, but from a security point of view are safer).

Advertising

To enable the admin account, follow this simple step by step tutorial:
- Right click on Command Prompt -> Run as administrator -> type in the command “net user administrator /active:yes”.
- You might want to password protect you newly enabled admin account, so type in “Net user administrator password”. Replace “password” with the password of your choice, just make sure not to forget it.
- Log off after the command has been executed. When you login you will notice that the admin account has been enabled. To disable it once again, use the “net user administrator /active:no” command.

Alternative way of enabling the admin account:
- Start -> Search -> type in “secpol.msc” -> Local Policies -> Security Options -> Accounts: Administrator Account -> double click to enable/disable -> Log off and log back in to see the modifications.

Windows has enough boot speed issues for you to have to bother with the logon screen in Windows 7. This little tweak may not do much in terms of boot speed, but it will get rid of the OS’s account password protection thus letting you login automatically – which makes sense if you are the only person using the computer and you need not password protect it from other users.

Follow these simple step by step instructions to enable Windows 7 to automatically log you in:
- Press Win + R to access Run -> type in “control userpasswords2” -> Enter.
- In the User Accounts windows that has just appeared before you, uncheck “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” -> OK. You will have to confirm your password for the OS to process the modifications.

Other Windows 7 tricks, tips and tweaks that we’ve reported upon:

- Enable the Quick Launch and enhance the Send To menu in Windows 7.
- Tweak and optimize Windows 7 with SetteMaxer 0.5.
- Remove the Start Icon from the Windows 7 taskbar.
- Deal with crashing installers and updates.
- Use the new Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts.
- Put back Run in the start menu and disable send feedback in Windows 7.
- Activate hidden themes and get new themes.



Tags: Microsoft, Windows 7 Beta 1, Windows 7
About the author: George Norman
George is a news editor.
You can follow him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter

I Hope you LIKE this blog post! Thank you!
What do YOU have to say about this
blog comments powered by Disqus
Popular News
By George Norman on 17 Aug 2017
With the blockbuster movie season upon us, Sony decided to celebrate the occasion with a sale: the Attack of the Blockbusters Sale that offers discounts of up to 50% (60% if you’re a PlayStation Plus member) on a ton of PS4 video games.
By George Norman on 17 Aug 2017
Samsung’s new T5 portable solid-state drive (PSSD) uses the latest 64-layer V-NAND technology, offers between 250GB and 2TB of storage capacity, has a lightweight and shock-resistant design that’s smaller than the average business card, and delivers industry-leading transfer speeds of up to 540 MB/s.
Related News
By George Norman on 19 Jun 2017
Don’t worry. I’m not going to rehash all those facts that everyone already knows about Bill Gates, like how he got arrested for driving without a license, that he is a college dropout, and that he plans to give most of his fortune to charity.
By George Norman on 31 Jul 2017
Microsoft has a new keyboard to offer: the new, premium quality Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID. If you’re not familiar with it, then keep on reading and you’ll uncover pretty much everything there is to know about this keyboard.
By George Norman on 18 Jul 2017
Sure, text remains the main method of communicating with others when using a messenger application like Skype, but if you really want to get the message across, using an emoticon, emoji or sticker can’t hurt.
By George Norman on 07 Jun 2017
Yes, I know that the global PC market is in a downwards spiral for its nth quarter and that mobile usage is on the rise. Still, I argue that a desktop PC is better than all the other alternatives.
Sponsored Links
Hot Software Updates
Top Downloads
Become A Fan!
Link To Us!
Windows 7 Tricks: Enable Hidden Admin Account, Automatic Logon
HTML Linking Code