I hid my admin account on windows 10 and cant access it

Feb 9, 2020
Did you do the step in the video about exporting the registry for both the HIDE and SHOW settings?
If so, where did you put those reg files? If they are in the admin accounts user folders (ie Documents), you will have difficulty accessing them.

You can edit the registry offline using command prompt in recovery mode.
There are some tips on how to do that here:

The example given there is a bit different that what you need to do, but it is in the same area:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Follow it up to where they change the userinit value. Instead, you want to either remove the SpecialAccounts key and the subkeys under it that you added, or to change the value for your username under SpecialAccounts\Userlist to 1, so that it will show.

Then unload the hive as per their steps.

Alternatively, you may be able to run regedit in safe mode and undo your changes there. In this case, the registry you need to edit will be online not offline, so you can skip loading the proper hive.

How to get to safe mode:

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