How to Activate/Hidden Administrator Account in Windows PC

To gain full access to your computer, you can allow the inbuilt administrator account on your Windows PC. The next time you attempt to log in, it will appear on the login screen once enabled. However, the built-in administrator account might be hidden in the Registry Editor if it does not show up even after being enabled. Here, we demonstrate how to use Windows 10 and 11 to unhide the administrator account from the login screen.

How to Enable Hidden Administrator Account in Windows PC

With a registry modification, you can conceal user accounts on your computer from the login screen. First, verify that the inbuilt administrator account has not been hidden in the Registry Editor.

Step 1: Open the Run box by pressing Win + R.

Step 2: Enter regedit, then hit OK.

Step 3: Go to the following place in Registry Editor:


Step 4: Locate and right-click on Administrator DWORD Value in the right pane.

Administrator DWORD Value

Step 5: Click Yes to confirm your choice of Delete. If such a value is absent, move on to the following method.

Step 6: To save the changes, quit Registry Editor and reboot your computer.

Unhide The Account From Windows Registry.

Using a Registry Editor trick, you can get the hidden administrator account back. But, in order to achieve this, you must first boot into Windows Recovery Environment before loading the registry database and making the required changes. Thus, after entering Windows Recovery Environment, carry out the following actions.

Step 1: Start Windows Recovery Environment first by pressing Win +I to open Settings. Then click on Update And Security followed by a click on Recovery.

Update And Security

Step 2: Click on Restart Now button under Advanced start-up.

Step 3: Tap Troubleshoot on the Choose an option screen.

Choose an option screen

Step 4: Then select Advanced Options.

Step 5: Press the Command Prompt button.

Command Prompt

Step 6: Type “regedit” and hit the Enter key in the Command Prompt window.

Step 7: Choose HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE in the left pane of the Registry Editor.

Registry Editor

Step 8: Next, choose Load Hive by clicking on File.

Load Hive by clicking on File

Step 9: Choose your system drive, where your Windows OS is installed, when the pop-up box opens.

Step 10: Navigate to the following path.


Step 11: Next, look within the Config folder for the Software file.

Config folder for the Software

Step 12: Click Open after selecting the Software file.

Step 13: Type a key name next. Enter Recovery, for instance, in the Key Name area, then click OK.

Step 14: Then, open Registry Editor and go to this location.

HKLM\Recovery\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

Step 15: Locate and right-click the Administrator DWORD value in the right pane.

Step 16: Click Yes to confirm your choice of Delete from the context menu.

Step 17: Choose the Recovery key in the left pane.

Step 18: Highlight the Recovery key, then click File and choose Unload Hive.

Step 19: To confirm the action, click Yes.

Step 20: Restart your System after closing Registry Editor. The secret administrator account should show up on the sign-in screen after the restart.

If you see a “Load Hive, access is denied” problem, it means that Registry Editor is still utilizing the file. You must use Command Prompt to unload the registry hive in order to repair this.

Step 1: To return to Command Prompt, the close Registry Editor.

Step 2: Type the following command into the Command Prompt window:

Reg unload HKLM\recovery

Step 3: To close Command Prompt, type exit and hit Enter.

Step 4:Click Proceed in the Windows Recovery Environment to restart Windows. The sign-in screen should now display the Administrator account.

The Final Word On How To Reveal The Hidden Windows Administrator Account On The Login Screen

As soon as you enable the secret administrator account using the user account dialogue or the Command Prompt, it should show up on the sign-in screen. If it doesn’t, you or someone else may have deactivated it in Registry Editor, which would explain why. By editing your registry, you can make the administrator account visible. After utilizing the built-in Administrator account to troubleshoot your computer, disable it for security reasons.

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