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Add User Accounts Utility (Userpasswords2) to Control Panel

Hidden away in the Windows directory is a separate utility that can be used to perform certain user administration functions not provided in the normal interface. Instead of typing “control userpasswords2” into the run box, you can just add it as an icon in your Control Panel.

The original idea to do this came from Kelly’s Korner, but her script doesn’t work right on Windows Vista, so I modified it and have provided it here for everybody.

To get to this alternate User Accounts screen after installation, first select User Accounts in the Control Panel.


Now you will see the new item named “User Accounts Admin (Alternate)”.


For those of you unfamiliar, you can use this utility to manage saved network passwords or require Ctrl+Alt+Delete.


You can also use the Users tab to enable auto-login by unchecking the box for “Users must enter a user name and password”.


One of the other benefits of adding this to the control panel is that it will now show up in the start menu search box:



Simply download and extract the zipfile and double-click on the registry hack file included. To remove, double-click on the remove script.

Download AddUserAccountAlternatePanel Registry hack for Windows Vista

Windows XP users can use the registry hack from Kelly’s Korner.

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  • Published 10/18/07

Comments (9)

  1. Higham

    Worked fine! I can use “control userpasswords2” or “netplwiz.cpl” in the Start Search box on the Start Menu. Thanks!

  2. Christina

    Thank you

  3. Ashmax

    Instead of the registry hack, you could right click on your desktop and in the menu that appears click NEW / SHORTCUT a dialog box will appear, under “type the location of the item” TYPE: “Control Userpasswords2” without quotes then click next, give your new shortcut a name them click finish.

    You will now have a new shortcut on your desktop that once double clicked will open USER ACCOUNTS dialog box with the options that you require. If you didnít want it on your desktop you could simply drag it down to your quick launch area.

  4. Muriel Van Cleave

    How do I get rid of this warning sign that says I have 335 outstanding PC errors Rescan Repair now These errors were from activated scan of your P.C. I already have Incredimail Support “Junk Mail Plus” and I don’t want anymore. It’s paid until August 2010 and I get this on my computer
    every day. Lots and lots of times.
    Sincerly, Muriel.

  5. Texasowl

    You have a virus, especially if you did click on the comment to scan now.

  6. techworld

    Yes.. I agree with the guy above, creating a shortcut on desktop and then right mouse click the shortcut and and select “run as Admin” ..
    In additon to that, I always create shortcuts to all control panel Items and place them in Quick Lauch in a folder…

  7. Hazel

    I cannot log on to tha administrator account,kep getting the following message User profile Service srvicefailed the log on User profile cannot be loaded.Anybody know how I can fix this?

  8. Mattrx

    If your using windows 7 you have to
    click the windows logo in the bottom left
    then type in the search bar netplwiz and hit enter
    and thats how you get windows 7 version of control userpasswords2

  9. Frank

    thank you very much

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