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How To Enable the Built-In Administrator Account in Windows Vista® and Windows® 7

Answer ID 21797   |    Updated 09/10/2016 12:08 PM

You would like to activate the built-in Administrator account in Windows Vista and Windows 7.


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How to Enable the Built-in Administrator Account:

  1. Click Start, and then type the phrase command prompt in the Search box at the bottom of the Start menu. Do not press Enter.
  2. In the search results list, right-click on Command Prompt, and then select Run as Administrator.
  3. When you are prompted by User Account Control (UAC), click Continue.
  4. At the command prompt, type net user administrator /active:yes, and then press ENTER.
  5. Type net user administrator {Password}, and then press ENTER.
    Note: Please replace the {Password} tag with your passwords which you want to set to administrator account.
  6. Type exit, and then press ENTER.
  7. Log out, and you’ll now see the Administrator account as a choice.


How to Disable the Built-in Administrator Account:

  1. Click Start, and then type the phrase command prompt in the Search box at the bottom of the Start menu. Do not press Enter.
  2. In the search results list, right-click onCommand Prompt, and then select Run as Administrator.
  3. When you are prompted by User Account Control (UAC), click Continue.
  4. At the command prompt, type net user administrator /active:no, and then press ENTER.
  5. Type exit, and then press ENTER.


Alternate Method Using Windows® Computer Management Screen
For use if you have tried the steps above and receive the message The password does not meet the password policy requirements, check the minimum password length, password complexity and password history requirements.

  1. Right click on the My Computer icon (XP) or Computer icon (Vista/Windows 7)
  2. Select Manage
  3. Expand Local Users and Groups
  4. Left click on Users folder
  5. Right click on Administrator in right column and select Set Password
  6. Right click on Administrator again, select Properties and uncheck the Account is Disabled option
  7. To disable the account: right click on Administrator, select Properties and place check in the Account is Disabled option

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