1) As to the Admin account in Vista 64--it was MSFT's UAC team's move for
security to run default standard but you can change it. http://blogs.msdn.com/windowsvistasecurity/
You notice that the administrator account does not appear on the Windows
Vista Welcome screen.
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By default, the following conditions are true in Windows Vista:. The
built-in administrator account is disabled.
.. The built-in administrator account cannot log on to the computer in safe
Note In some cases, Windows Vista may determine, during an upgrade from
Microsoft Windows XP, that the built-in administrator account is the only
active local administrator account. In this situation, Windows Vista leaves
the built-in administrator account enabled. Additionally, Windows Vista puts
this account into Admin Approval mode.
The administrator account does not appear on the Windows Vista Welcome
screen http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926183 http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Win...5f4c61033.mspx
You can type contol userpasswords2 in run box and turn on the account.
2) You want to hide the admin account from the default login screen:
This comes from Ronnie Vernon, MVP:
You can hide accounts the same way you did in XP, but in Vista you need to
create those registry keys.
In regedit, navigate to:
Right click Winlogon and select New / Key
Name the new key SpecialAccounts (case sensitive)
Right click The SpecialAccounts key and select New Key again.
Name the key UserList
Click the UserList key and in the right side window right click and select
New / DWord (32bit) Value.
Name the new DWord value the same name as the account you wish to hide.
Double click this value and in the Value Data line enter either 0 (zero) to
hide the account or 1 to show the account.
**WARNING: Make sure that you have at least one Administrator account
available on the Welcome screen! If you hide the last administrator account
you may lock yourself out of making any changes that require administrator
privileges! Vista is designed to reveal the built-in administrator account
when you log into safe mode, if no other administrator accounts are
available, but if an administrator account is simply hidden, then the
built-in administrator account will not show up in safe mode!**
3) I belive this is what you want Chris:
Type control userpasswords 2 in the run box>advanced tab>require users to
Good luck hth,
"Chris Barnes" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> First question: why is the Administrator account disabled in Vista
> (Enterprise 64, if that matters)?
> As a general SOP for folks in my dept, when they get a new computer (for
> their office), I set their userid to have Administrator privs and set the
> passwd for the default Admin account to something I know. That way, they
> can do whatever they want with their machine, but I can still get in to
> fix things if needed.
> Iow, having the Administrator account active is important to me.
> 2nd question, is there a way to hide the Administrator account (if I
> enable it) from the default logon screen? And yes, I know I can change
> how users logon by disabling the Welcome screen - that is *not* what I
> want to do.
> 3rd question, related to the 2nd: assuming I can hide the account from
> the Welcome screen, apparently I can no longer Cnt-Alt-Del to get a
> regular logon screen. Is this just disabled, or is it gone completely?
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> Chris Barnes AOL IM: CNBarnes
> email@example.com Yahoo IM: chrisnbarnes