I used the following solution from war1 to try and login into the local administrator account, but when I booted up, I got the following message, "Your account has been disabled. Please see your system administrator." Fortunately I could still login to my normal admin account, but is there a method to enable the local administrator account? I also tried the registry hack that's used for XP Home but that had zero effect. I also tried the registry hack with the DWORD 32 Administrator 1 key, but that had no effect. Logging in safe mode doesn't do anything. If you offer the usual suggestions that involve running lusrmgr or secpol.msc, please note that Vista Home Basic responds with, "This snapin may not be used with this version of Windows."
Unless you join a domain, it is awfully difficult to logon to the built in Administrator account.
To work around this using AutoLogon:
1. Logon as the account you created during the installation.
2. From the Start menu, go to "All Programs", "Accessories"
3. Right-click on "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as Administrator"
4. Click "Allow" from the ConsentUI prompt
5. In the resulting Command window, enter "regedit" and press enter
6. In regedit, browse to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
7. In the Winlogon key, create a new value of type REG_SZ (string) titled AutoAdminLogon and set the value to 1.
8. Also create a string value titled "DefaultPassword" and set it to the password you want for the Administrator account.
9. In the value "DefaultDomainName" enter the name of your computer
10. In the value "DefaultUserName" enter "Administrator"
11. Close regedit
12. Back in the command prompt, enter "Net User Administrator password*" (replace password with the password you entered for DefaultPassword).
13. Log off or reboot. You are now logged on with the local Administrator account. To stop it from auto logging on, remove that "AutoAdminLogon" value or set it to 0.
To work around this using a registry hack (the same one that works for enabling the Administrator account on XP Home):
Logon as the account you created during the installation.
From the Start menu, go to "All Programs", "Accessories"
Right-click on "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as Administrator"
Click "Allow" from the ConsentUI prompt
In the resulting Command window, enter "regedit" and press enter
In regedit, browse to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
Add a new key at that level called SpecialAccounts
In the SpecialAccounts key, create a sub-key called UserList
At this point the path is: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList
In the UserList key, create a new value of type DWORD (32 bit) called Administrator and set the value to 1.