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Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator Account on Windows 10 PC

The Built-in Administrator account is a local account that has full unrestricted access rights to the PC, it runs all programs and tools with Admin rights by default. The Built-in Administrator is usually used to troubleshoot Windows. This guide will show you how to enable or disable built-in Administrator account on Windows 10 PC.  

Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator Account in Local Security Policy

This option is only available in the Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 10. Once enabled the built-in Administrator account, the UAC box will not appear when you attempt to run a program as administrator.

Step 1: Open Local Security Policy.

Press Windows + R to open Run, enter secpol.msc and hit Enter key.

Open Local Security Policy

Step 2: In the left pane, click Local Policies > Security Options folder.  In the right pane of Security Options, double-click on Accounts: Administrator account status.

Open Security Options

Step 3: Here you can enable or disable the built-in Administrator account for what you would like to do.

Enable or disable the built-in Admin account

When finished, click Apply, then OK. Restart your PC.

Then you can logon Windows 10 with Built-in Administrator account.

logon Windows 10 with Built-in Admin account

Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator Account in Local Users and Groups

This option is only available in the Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 10.

Step 1: Open Local Users and Groups.

Press Win + R to open Run, enter lusrmgr.msc and click OK.

Open Local Users and Groups

Step 2: Open the Users folder in the left pane, then double-click on the Administrator account.

Click on the Adminstrator account

Step 3: To uncheck(enable) or check(disable) Account is disabled option.

Check or uncheck Account is disabled option

Step 4: Click Apply and then OK.

Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator Account in Command Prompt

With this option, you can easily enable or disable the hidden built-in Administrator account with commands.

Step 1: Open an elevated command prompt.

Press "Windows logo + X" keys, then hit A key on keyboard.

Run Command Prompt as an administrator

Step 2: In Command Prompt window, type commands below, then press Enter key.

To activate the built-in Administrator account: net user administrator /active:yes
To disable a built-in Administrator account: net user administrator /active:no

activate the built-in Administrator account

Tip: The Built-in Administrator launches applications and tools without any restrictions, it’s wise to assign a password to the account as soon as you enable it. To enable the built-in Administrator account with password, use commands: net user administrator password /active:yes

If forgot built-in Administrator, you can still reset built-in administrator password in Windows 10.

Set password for Admin account

Step 3: When finished, close command prompt window.

If you are unable to sign in to Windows 10, you can also enable or disable the built-in Admin account, Learn more see How to Create Admin Account When Can't Sign in Windows 10