How to eliminate all users except Administrator account? RRS feed

  • Question

  • My dad is 82 yrs old, but loves his computer-mostly for photography.  When it was new, he never setup a user account so all his stuff is under the main administrator account.

    Last week I needed to add a new user, which I did.  Somehow, this new user account made his Administrator account hidden. 

    Now, when he reboots, only the new user accunt shows up-which I no longer need.  Windows won't let me delete it because it is the only account.  Of course, the desktop looks foreign to him, so he refuses to use the new account.

    How do I get rid of this new user account, thereby restoring his original Administrator account as the default?

    He is desperate (he thinks 50+ years of photography has disappeared)

    Friday, October 28, 2011 8:01 PM


All replies

  • You need to re-enable the hidden Administrator account
    Try changing the logon mode: read the Microsoft Knowledge Base article that you find at the following address


    Also take a look at the following address



    Luigi Bruno - Microsoft Community Contributor 2011 Award
    Friday, October 28, 2011 8:34 PM
  • Hey,

    Try this-,

    Click Start, Run and type Regedit.exe
    •Navigate to the following key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \ Winlogon \ SpecialAccounts \ UserList

    •Create a new DWORD Value named Administrator
    •Double-click Administrator, and set 1 as its data
    •Exit the Registry Editor.

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    Saturday, October 29, 2011 3:19 PM