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I have an issue where I need to target the local administrator account registry hive for several updates during an XP SCCM OSD Build. The problem is the account has never been used, it's password is randomised, and it is not possible to log with it. On top of that it is disabled. It needs to be updated so that when it is enabled it has the correct settings applied. Group Policy is not an option here.

My initial attempts were to target the *hkey_users\s-1-5...500* hive, however updating that key did not effect the local administrator account upon logging in. Should it have? I was not able to find a great deal of information how the *hkey_users\s-1-5...500* hive is used.

My other attempts have been to use the "Run As" feature in an SCCM Task sequence, however executing under the local Administrator accounts seems to be problematic, and I ended up with the same issue described here.

Are there any other options for updating the Local Administrator accounts registry hive I haven't thought of?

Thanks in advance.

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Why just the admin? And do you mean admins or the default Windows Admin? Same change always? – AthomSfere Nov 19 '13 at 0:39
I mean THE local admin in the Builtin Local Administrator account named Administrator. It has to be this account. It is always the same changes, yes. – Duude Nov 19 '13 at 1:00
Is it change that you can't do for all users? Such as for public users? – AthomSfere Nov 19 '13 at 1:28
Yes it could be for all users...are you suggesting changing the Default User profile? I don't think that will work as I didn't think it is used for the local administrator profile...or is it? – Duude Nov 19 '13 at 2:17
I'll answer my own question as I just tested it. The Local Builtin Administrator Profile does copy it's settings from the Default profile. So since in my case the settings for general users can be the same as the Local Administrator, I am able to just manually target the Default User registry hive with the changes I need and it will apply to the Local Administrator. – Duude Nov 19 '13 at 3:57

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