Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people, just like you, are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
Solved

Login to Windows 7 Home with Admin account set to SpecialAccounts

Posted on 2010-08-19
6
1,319 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I've removed my admin account from the login screen in Win7 Home by adding the account name under SpecialAccounts in the registry (there are no other admin accounts).

At this point on my login screen the standard users shows up only. From any standard user account all "run as admin" options including cmd-line are disabled or give me access denied error. Ctrl+Alt+Del in Windows 7 does not work as it used to under WinXP.

How can I login into the system without running a system recovery?
0
Comment
Question by:sonetinc
6 Comments
 
LVL 93

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 33481110
The admin account in Windows 7 is disabled. So if you removed your own account (which is the first account and which is the true admin account in Windows 7), then you have a problem. Can you start in Safe Mode?

Windows 7 (as many people are painfully learning) is NOT XP. Not even close.  

Please be ready to to do a full recovery here. Backup your data with a bootable CD and start the recovery.
... Thinkpads_User
0
 
LVL 18

Expert Comment

by:web_tracker
ID: 33481764
When you see the windows starting to load the files before the logon screen tap the F8 key several times, it should pop up with a login screen where you can type in the user name such as the administrator. It worked for previous version not sure if it will work for windows 7
0
 
LVL 93

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 33483503
If admin was left at Windows 7 default, that will not likely work (account disabled). ... Thinkpads_User
0
Netscaler Common Configuration How To guides

If you use NetScaler you will want to see these guides. The NetScaler How To Guides show administrators how to get NetScaler up and configured by providing instructions for common scenarios and some not so common ones.

 
LVL 6

Accepted Solution

by:
che6ausc earned 500 total points
ID: 33485286
Yes,  Ctrl+Alt+Del doesn't bring up the username and password  menu when you make that change in the registry.

You will have to use an offline registry editor to delete the SpecialAccounts key in the registry, unless you have another administrative user on the machine.

PCRegedit creates a linux live cd that will allow you to edit the registry on boot.  Browse to the software hive from the file menu that is displayed.  Then navigate to the SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts key and delete it.
0
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:che6ausc
ID: 33485319
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:sonetinc
ID: 33498144
Worked out perfectly.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Postgres Monitoring System

A PHP and Perl based system to collect and display usage statistics from PostgreSQL databases.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

OfficeMate Freezes on login or does not load after login credentials are input.
When you try to extract and to view the contents of a Microsoft Update Standalone Package (MSU) for Windows Vista, you cannot extract the files from the MSU. Here we are going to explain how to extract those hotfix details without using any third pa…
This Micro Tutorial will give you basic overview of the control panel section on Windows 7. It will depth in Network and Internet, Hardware and Sound, etc. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.
The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7. Start the SARDU utility: Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO wit…

792 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question