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Default Hidden Admin Account

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    Default Hidden Admin Account


    Hi all ... I remember that Win XP has the Default Hidden Admin Account that is created when you install the OS and also by default it's not password secured which can be a security issue. By doing a quick search, apparently Win 8 also have this Default Hidden Admin Account.


    When in Win8 I verify the available created users I see an Admin account. Is this account the 'hidden' one, but made visible?


    I also did the prompt cmd: net user administrator /active:yes, but I get a msg saying that there is 'no' user under the name 'administrator' ... maybe the admin user I'm seeing is a microsoft account, not a local account?

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    Hello Ken, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The account with the default name "Administrator" is indeed the built-in elevated Administrator account. If you have a Pro version of Windows 8, then you could use Option Three below to see what it's named.

    Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

    Type net users in a command prompt to see the names of all user accounts on the PC to see if you have Administrator or one that may be for it. If this is an OEM PC, then sometimes they may rename the account to something else.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Hi Shawn ... thanks for the quick reply ... I'll follow the thread instructions and that probably will solve my doubt. I'm not really a Win user, but this PC with Win8 is my sister's PC at her office. Anyways thanks for pointing me to the right path :-), Ken.
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    You're most welcome Ken. If you need anymore help, then please feel free to ask away.
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    Some tourist info:

    I tried net user from a Elevated Command prompt. It showed 2 users,

    Administrator
    xxxxxxxx_000

    I have 3 accounts, Administrator, a Microsoft account which I believe is xxxxxxxx_000 and the one I normally use. I guess net user shows any "OTHER" accounts but not the one you are using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Some tourist info:

    I tried net user from a Elevated Command prompt. It showed 2 users,

    Administrator
    xxxxxxxx_000

    I have 3 accounts, Administrator, a Microsoft account which I believe is xxxxxxxx_000 and the one I normally use. I guess net user shows any "OTHER" accounts but not the one you are using.
    Hey Rich,

    Net user should be showing all current user accounts on the local computer. Even those that are disabled. As long as the user account hasn't been deleted, it should be listed.

    If you like, copy and paste the command below in a command prompt to list all user accounts with all their details included.

    WMIC USERACCOUNT LIST FULL
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    WMIC USERACCOUNT LIST FULL

    shows 5 accounts. Net users shows 2.

    5 is correct and agrees with the C:\Users directory structure.
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    Odd that they are not all showing with "net user" though.
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    Wow, was I wrong and am I going blind or what?

    Ran net user again:

    Code:
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Administrator            Guest                    xxxxxxx
    yyyyy_000
    I did not see the two additional accounts on the line with Administrator.

    Thanks Shawn.

    You ought to use St. Patience as your user name
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    LOL, oops. No problem mate.
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