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Enable The Administrator Account on Windows 7 or Vista Which is Hidden by Default

If you are a loyal Windows user who have witnessed the evolution over the years, you must have ever wondered what happened to the Administrator account that was always created by default. (Even Windows XP users would have felt that!)

In fact, The account is created in Windows 7 or Vista, but since it’s not enabled you can’t use it. If you are troubleshooting something that needs to run as administrator, you can enable it with a simple command.

Note: Even if you enable this account with the below mentioned trick, you must not use this account other than Troubleshooting.

How To Enable Built-In Administrator Account

First of all, log in normally with your user account which has Administrator privileges. Than you need to open Command Prompt by clicking “Run As Administrator”.

Now type the following command in the Command Prompt Window

net user administrator /active:yes

You should see a message that the command completed successfully. Log out, and you will now see the Administrator account as a choice.

You will note that there is no password for this account, so if you want to leave it enabled you should change the password.

Disable Administrator Account

If you ever want to disable the Administrator account make sure that you are logged in a user account. Than open the command prompt with Administrator Privileges as mentioned above and type the following command in it.

net user administrator /active:no

The Administrator Account will be disabled and it would not show up on Windows Log On Screen.

Rajat Patel

Rajat Patel

Founder at TheNextGeek.com. Software Engineer & Business Analyst by profession. Avid open source evangelist. Mostly writes about Technology that interests him, and some neat tricks to make your day-to-day tech life a breeze.

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