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How to Enable Built-in Administrator Account on Windows Computer

While Windows installation you create an administrator account which you use to login to system. Actually, in addition to this administrator account, Windows has another administrator account, called built-in Administrator, which was automatically created while system installation. And Windows makes this built-in administrator account disabled and hidden by default until you manually enable it. That’s why many people even don’t know such a built-in Administrator account existed.

Occasionally you may need to use the hidden Administrator account in your Windows, so you need to manually activate it. Following through this article you will know how to enable built-in Administrator account in Windows.

Explain 3 different methods through different Windows.

Method 1: Activate built-in Administrator account in Computer Management on Windows 7

Right click Computer/My Computer and select Manage to open Computer Management window. Then expand the System Tools - > Local Users and Groups. Select Users folder. Then you can see all accounts listed on the right pane. Right click the built-in Administrator and select Properties.

Right click built-in administrator

If the box next to Account is disabled is checked, the account has not been enabled. You can uncheck the box to activate this built-in Administrator account.

Uncheck Account is disabled

Method 2: Enable built-in Administrator account in Command Prompt on Windows Vista

Step 1: Click Windows button. Then click All Programs - > Accessories. Right click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator to open command prompt dialog as administrator.

Step 2: On the command prompt dialog, type the command net user Administrator /active:yes and then press Enter key. When it displays the message saying "The command completed successfully", the built-in administrator account is enabled. At this time, you can open Computer Management window and you can find the box next to Account is disabled is unchecked.

Run command to activate Administrator

Method 3: Enable built-in Administrator account in Local Security Policy on Windows 8/8.1

Step 1: Press Win + R keys to bring out Run dialog box. Then type secpol.msc in the box and click OK.

Run secpol.msc in Run dialog

Step 2: Local Security Policy window opens. Expand the Local Policies folder and click Security Options. You can see Accounts: Administrator account status labeled Disabled. Right click and select Properties.

Right click Administrator account status

Step 3: Check Enabled and click Apply. Then the built-in administrator account gets activated.

Check Enabled

The above three methods to activate built-in administrator account apply to Windows 7/8/8.1/Vista/XP.

Important: The built-in administrator account should be used very seriously. Once it’s enabled. You are recommended not to share it, rename it or set password for it. If it’s necessary for you to set a password, then you’d better create a password reset disk just in case you forget the password. If you unfortunately forget the built-in administrator password and have no password reset disk, then use iSumsoft Windows Password Refixer to reset password. Once you don’t need to use the built-in administrator account you should disabled it by the same three methods above as soon as possible. If not, your Windows will be in an unsafe status.

How much do you know about Windows accounts?

Generally, Windows has four types of accounts, built-in Administrator account, administrator account, standard user account, and guest account.  In addition, Windows 8 supports to create Microsoft account.

Built-in Administrator account: A built-in administrator account is the super administrator, which is disabled by default on computer and won't be displayed on login screen until you enable it. It has the full right to make any changes to Windows.
Administrator account: Commonly, what we use to login to system is just the administrator account. Administrator account has lower permission than the built-in administrator account. But it still has high permission to manage system, change system settings, install or uninstall programs, manage other user accounts .etc. What it cannot do is modifying internal system.
Standard user account: Standard user account’s privilege is somewhat limited. You can create more than one such account and change its account type. Standard user accounts can access programs installed on computer and files/folders .etc, but have no right to change most Windows settings.
Guest account: Guest account has the minimum permission on Windows. It has no password, has no any right to make any changes to Windows. What a guest account can do is just viewing data on computer.
Windows 8/8.1 Microsoft account: It is an email address you can use to logon to Windows 8/8.1.