Administrator vs Administrator

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Dan Anderson, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. Dan Anderson

    Dan Anderson Guest

    OK....In doing multiple CLEAN installs of Vista (RC1 & RC2) I have
    discovered TWO separate ways to enable and use the built-in Administrator
    account. What I want to know is what is the difference between these, and
    is one of them better to use than the other? Of the two ways, one is VERY
    quick and simple and the other is a bit more complex. Here they are:


    Click Start/All Programs/Accessories
    Right-Click Command Prompt and choose Run as Administrator
    Click Allow on the UAC prompt
    In the Command window, type regedit and press enter
    Navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
    Add a new key at that level called SpecialAccounts
    Add a sub-key in SpecialAccounts and call it UserList
    Create a 32-bit DWORD value in UserList and call it Administrator and set
    the value to 1
    X out of the registry editor
    In the command prompt window, type WITHOUT the quotes: "net user
    Administrator /Active:yes" and press enter
    Log Off
    When you log back on, the Administrator account will be there.


    Click Start and right-click Computer and choose Manage
    Allow the UAC prompt
    Click the little arrow to the left of Local Users and Groups to expand
    Click Users
    In the left-hand pane, double-click Administrator and UN-check the Account
    is Disabled box, click Apply and OK
    X out of the Computer Management and Log Off
    When you log back on, the Administrator account will be there.


    When enabling the Administrator account using the COMPLEX method, the
    Account is Disabled box that is referred to in the SIMPLE method gets
    unchecked automatically.

    When enabling the Administrator account using the SIMPLE method, the
    registry modifications that are referred to in the COMPLEX method do NOT get
    automatically created, yet the Administrator account is still enabled.

    So can anyone enlighten me as to the difference between these two methods
    and which one, if any, is the preferred way and why?
    Dan Anderson, Oct 22, 2006
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    Jerry P Guest

    I did mine what you call the complex way. Its very simple....
    Jerry P, Oct 22, 2006
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    Marty Felker Guest


    Amazing! Where do get get this info. If you figured it outself
    yoursel -kudos.

    Marty F
    Marty Felker, Oct 24, 2006
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    kreed Guest

    Why would you want to do this?
    kreed, Oct 24, 2006
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    Jerry P Guest

    Just read the post here, and you might learn.....kudos........

    Jerry P, Oct 25, 2006
  6. Dan Anderson

    kreed Guest

    Still doesn't tell me why. None of it seems particularly COMPLEX or CLEVER.
    Do you not think it might be setup this way for a reason?
    kreed, Oct 25, 2006
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