Enable Hidden Admin in Windows
Windows OS comes with a hidden admin account which can be activated if you have any windows boot cd or bootable Pendrive with os. Enabling Hidden Admin can be Useful if:
- You have lost you admin password.
- You need to access someone else’s machine & change their admin password.
- Or in any other need.
The Hidden admin account can be activate if we have admin rights but If we have single User and we have lost the password so it can be done via Registry.
Note: This will require editing the registry which is risky. Proceed only if you know what you are doing and at your own risk
Step 1: After creating Bootable DVD or Pendrive Just Restart the Machine and Boot From the DVD/ Pendrive (Make Sure you have Set Proper Boot priority In BIOS Menu), Depending on your system you will need to press Del, F2, or F12.
Just let it Boot Form the Disc and after then After Successful Boot a box will splash Make Sure you Select “Repair your computer” from the bottom left corner of the window. Now the setup will search for Windows installations then display them, Select the type Bit of Windows (x86 or x64) you want and click next. The setup may try to search for problems and may ask you if you want to restore your computer, just click no
After then a new Box will appear Click Command Prompt. This will open up a command prompt window where you’ll have to type “regedit” (command for opening Registry) and press enter.
Step 2: From Now on we have to be extra careful as one mistake might degrade our operating System and make it unusable. In the left side of the Registry Editor click “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” then in File menu click “Load Hive”.
Step 3: Now Browse for Following path
Windows Os drive:windowssystem32configSAM
Note: that this SAM file stands For System Accounts manager is responsible For Managing all credentials of system Accounts so it basically contains encrypted information about the account names and passwords.
After Loading the Hive it will ask for a name give it anything you can remember I my case I’ll give a name “pass”.
So now the SAM file is loaded into registry for Editing
Step 4: Now go to following directory “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINEtestSAMDomainsAccountUsers”. Click on “000001F4” and from the right side pane double-click the “F” entry.
A new window will open allowing you to edit the “F” entry. The line that starts with “0038” is what you want to edit. The value next to “0038” is “11”, replace it with “10”. Be careful not to change anything else. Just double click the “11” and type “10” then hit the OK button. “11” is for disabled and “10” for enabled.
Step 5: Restart the computer and you are done. The Administrator account is now enabled.