windows administrator account

When installing windows, windows creates an Administrator account with elevated privileges. The elevated Administrator account is disabled by default in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Sometimes we need the elevated Administrator account to perform some tasks. In this article I will show you hot to activate elevated Administrator account. Also I would recommend to disable Administrator account once you do the task, or at least to protect it with a strong password from unauthorized access.

Enable and Disable the Administrator Account Using the Elevated Command Prompt

Step 1. Go to the Start Menu or press start button and type “cmd” in the search. In the search menu right click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.

Here is how you do it in WIndows 8, 8.1.

cmd windows 8

Here is how you do it in Windows 7 or Windows Vista.

cmd windows 7

Step 2. In the Command Prompt type and the following command:

net user administrator /active:yes

Step 3. A message will tell you that the command was completed successfully.

Step 4. Log off your computer and you will see the Administrator accounton the login screen.

To Disable the Administrator account

To disable the Administrator account, type the same command from the Step 2, but instead of yes type no.

net user administrator /active:no

The Administrator account will be disabled and will no longer appear on the login screen.


Enable and Disable the Administrator account using the Local Security Policy Editor

Local Security Policy Editor is not available on Home Windows Editions.

Step 1. Press Start Menu and secpol.msc and press Enter.

Step 2. In the Local Security Policy Editor, navigate to Local Policies\Security Options.

Step 3. In the work area on the right side double click “Accounts: Administrator account status

Step 4. In the dialog box, encircle Enable or Disable to respectively the Administrator account and press Ok.

Step 5. Log off to the login screen to see the Administrator account.


Enable the Administrator account using the Local Users and Groups Manager

This method works for Windows 7 Professional and Enterprise.

Step 1. Press Start Menu, and in search bar type lusrmgr.msc and press Enter.

Step 2. Now in Local Users and Groups Manager, on the left hand panel click Users.

Step 3. On the right side, double click on Administrator, and in the dialog box uncheck the “Account is disabled “option and click Ok.

Step 4. Log off and you will see that the Administrator account is available on the login screen.

To disable the Administrator account

Repeat Step 3 and check the “Account is disabled

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