Microsoft’s last two operating systems Windows 8 and Windows 7 are shipped with an Administrator account that is disabled by default. This has been done for security reasons (e.g. some virus and malicious programs use the Administrator account to infect your computer).
The best practice according to my experience is to create another account with Administrative rights and leave the Administrator account disabled.
But, in some cases, we need to enable the Administrator account, because some tasks require Administrative privileges to be executed. In this tutorial, I will show you how to enable the Administrator account for such cases.
This tutorial contains detailed instructions on how to Enable or Disable the hidden Administrator account in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 & Vista OS.
How to enable (or disable) the Administrator account in Windows 10, 8 or Windows 7 operating systems.
Step 1: Run “command prompt” with Administrative privileges.
How to run command prompt with administrative rights in Windows 7 & Windows 8:
To run Command Prompt in administrative mode in Windows 7 operating system go to:
1. Start > All Programs
2. Click to expand Accessories.
2. Right click on Command Prompt and choose “Run as administrator”
4. Proceed to Step 2.
Windows 10, 8
To run Command Prompt in administrative mode in Windows 8 operating system:
1. Right-click at the screen's bottom-left corner (Start menu) and from the pop-up menu, choose “Command Prompt (Admin)”.
2. Choose “Yes” at User Account Control” warning message:
Step 2: Enable the Administrator Account.
How to enable the administrator account from command prompt in Windows 8 or 7:
1. Inside the command prompt window, type the following command and press Enter:
- net user administrator /active:yes
2. After that you should view a message that says that your command was completed successfully.
3. Close the Command prompt window and from now on, the “Administrator” account is Enabled on your computer.*
* If you cannot enable the Administrator account using this method then read this article on how to enable Administrator account using an offline method.
Advice: For you security, don’t forget to specify a password* for the Administrator account after you have enable it. (To specify a user password in Windows 7 or 8 go to: Control Panel > User Accounts options)
How to Disable Administrator account in Windows 8 & Windows 7:
If you don’t want to log in with the Administrator account in the future, you can disable it by following the same steps, but at the command prompt (Admin) window give the following command instead:
- net user administrator /active:no