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Enabling the administrator account in Windows Vista - Neocorteqz - 03-10-2009

Ok there are really two ways of doing this depending on which version of vista you have. And in 1 or 6 easy steps! :p

Method 1: All versions of Vista
1. Open the registry editor (Run as Administrator)
2.Navigate to the following registry entry
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/Winlogon/SpecialAccounts/UserList

3. Look for an entry on the right side for Administrator. If it doesn’t exist, you will need to create it. To do so, right-click on UserList and select New > DWORD Value. Give the value a name of Administrator. Press the Enter key when you are done.
4. Right-click the Administratorentry and click Modify.
5. Set the Value data to 1 and click OK.
6. Close the registry editor and restart the computer. The Administrator account should now be an option on the login screen.

Method 2: Vista Ultimate and maybe business

Go to C:\windows\system32 Once in that folder, right-click on lusrmgr.msc (easier if you search for *.msc) and select run as administrator. Now select the users folder, you'll see all the user account once in that folder, right-click on administrator and select properties, uncheck 'Account Is Disabled', restart and your administrator account should be enabled at login. You can also set a new password here in case you forgot or you have a pre installed version (aka OEM/System Manufacturer) and do not get to choose a password.

lusrmgr is disabled in Vista HomeBasic/Home Premium. Not too sure about Business.