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Show Administrator on the Welcome Screen (Windows XP Professional) Popular

When logging into Windows the Administrator account is not normally available on the Welcome screen. This tweak adds it to the Welcome screen and allows you to login like a normal account.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "Administrator" and set it according to the value data below.

Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Note: This tweak will not work if you have renamed the Administrator account.

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|AdministratorREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVers...|
Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
Value Name: Administrator
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (1 = show Administrator)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: August 28, 2002