Setting up a new school laptop for my son.
The Administrator account is still disabled and I password-protected the user account with administrator permissions ("parent account"). I then created a user-level account with Family Safety turned on for the child.
Configured his account, then logged back in as parent (admin level) account. I then used this well-known reg hack to hide the parent account on the startup screen.
HKLM -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows NT -> WinLogon -> SpecialAccounts -> UserList
Once I logged out as parent, how can I log back in again? The usual trick is to:
- type cmd at the start menu,
- SHIFTRight-click on cmd.exe from the search list, and
- choose Run As Another Account from the pop-up context menu
However, that option no longer displays on the pop-up context menu! (Maybe this is a new Win8 "feature", or maybe it's because it's a Family Safety account...?)
Is there any way from a child account to force a login box or some other idea to login as a hidden account?
Please remember: I did not enable the Administrator account (disabled by default), so that option is not open to me.
I found a way around the problem and had posted/accepted that as the correct answer. I removed the "correct answer" checkmark and would prefer a better answer. (I so dislike accepting my own solutions.)
So, there must be a way to get a login prompt, from inside a Family Safety account, that allows one to specify both the user and password.
Microsoft has been guilty of muddled thinking in the past, but never this muddled.
Therefore, the question remains open for a solution.