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Login to Windows 7 Home with Admin account set to SpecialAccounts

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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?
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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.
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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
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If admin was left at Windows 7 default, that will not likely work (account disabled). ... Thinkpads_User
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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.
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Worked out perfectly.
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