Windows Administrator Account

Enable Built-in Administrator Account

  • Create a shortcut on the Windows desktop for the command prompt.
  • Right mouse click on the command prompt icon on the Windows desktop and select “Run As Administrator”
  • Type cd c:\ and hit the enter key.
  • From the command prompt type net user administrator /active:yes
  • A message should appear stating that the command completed successfully.
  • Log out of Windows, the Administrator account should now be present and ready for use.  By default there is no password assigned to this account.  If the account is to be left enabled a password should be assigned.

Note:  By default the built in Windows Administrator account is created in Windows 7 or Vista, but since it’s not enabled it is not readily available for use. If troubleshooting something that requires elevated permissions, this account can be enabled.

Disable Built-in Administrator Account

  • Log into Windows with any account other than the Administrator account.
  • Create a shortcut on the Windows desktop for the command prompt.
  • Right mouse click on the command prompt icon on the Windows desktop and select “Run As Administrator”
  • Type cd c:\ and hit the enter key.
  • From the command prompt type net user administrator /active:no
  • A message should appear stating that the command completed successfully.
  • The administrator account will now be disabled, and will no longer show up on the log in screen.