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Beginning from Windows Vista, and continuing with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, Windows OS has a built-in administrator account that is disabled and hidden by default, just like Windows XP (see how to show administrator account in XP). But unlike XP where any normal user account designated as Administrators group will have the same privileges as administrator account, in later Windows versions, the administrator account is true super user account (equivalent to root in Unix/Linux). One advantage or benefit for using administrator account to login to Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista is admin is not subjected to UAC (User Access Control) restriction (see also how to disable UAC).

How to Enable and Activate Administrator Account in Windows and then Unhide or Show Administrator Account in Welcome Sign In Screen

To activate the administrator account in Windows, follow these guide’s instructions:

  1. Logon to Windows with normal user account username and password (must belongs to Administrators group).
  2. Click on Start button, and type cmd in the Start Search box.
  3. Right click on the Cmd returned on the search results pane above, then select Run as Administrator.
  4. In the Command Prompt window, type the following text at the command line to set a password for administrator account. If you want to use a blank password for the Administrator account, skip this step.
    net user administrator password

    Replace password with the actual password string that you have chosen. Press Enter when done.Note that if your computer is a member of domain controller or has enabled complex password requirement in Local Security Policy, you will have to pick a really hard to remember password mixed with symbols.

  5. Next type the following command and press Enter to activate and enable Administrator account:
    net user administrator activate:yes
  6. The process should completed with the following message:

    The command completed successfully.

    If not success message is returned, repeat the process again.

  7. Logout from Windows by choosing Log Off or Switch User.
  8. Click on Administrator icon and logon with the password you selected.

Update: Ways to activate and enable Administrator account in Windows.

By | 2016-12-09T08:39:38+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Categories: Windows|Tags: , , , , , |13 Comments

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  • but it's appeared access denied…

    why is thiss///????

    cant work… HELPP!

  • Tee

    If you accidentally lock your self out of the computer by removing your own Adminstrator priviliges (in Vista the local Administrator account is disabled by default), you can use "Offline NT Password & Registry Editor" to either unlock / enable the Administrator account or promote another user to the local administator group to regain access to your locked Windows Vista PC.

  • Here's another way to enable the Administrator account in Vista:

  • GH

    net user administrator activate:yes

    does not work

    It should be:

    net user administrator /active:yes

  • Jason


    make sure you open cmd.exe with elevated access rights!

  • navid

    I typed net user administrator /active:yes

    but and error comes:

    system error 5 has occured

    access is denied!

    What should I do?

    I really need to enable it

    Please help me

  • ShawnG

    You have the command wrong; you forgot the slash. Should be:

    net user administrator /active:yes

    Comments state this but I suggest you edit your original article to make it clear. Thanks.

  • JM Jr.

    ok so i see people saying it has to be net user administrator /activate:yes

    it is correct. i tried it. there is a space after administrator then a slash. there is no space between activte:yes

  • John

    You need to rephrase it "Windows Vista has built-in administrator account that is disabled and hidden by default, just like Windows XP"

    Administrator account in Vista and Windows 7 are disabled by default but XP never was disabled by default in the first place.

  • RobCr

    This refers to windows 7I

    I had Administrator showing on my Welcome screen (as well as my normal User Logon).

    Don’t recall how I got that showing (I am 68, and it is lucky I can even remember that).

    I now would like to get rid of it.

    I found a plethora of suggestions including a few variations on this –

    net user administrator /active:no

    net user administrator / active:no

    Neither of those worked.

    I eventually navigated around to

    Computer Management

    System Tools

    Local Users and Groups


    and went to the Properties for the Administrator Account, where I ticked ‘Account is Disabled’

    That did the trick.

    HOWEVER, my question is – Does that have exactly the same effect as –

    net user administrator /active:no

    Or HAVE I DONE A MORE SERIOUS DISABLE, that will prevent me getting Admin access, when the OS stuffs one day ?



    PS I described in detail how I did it, to help others.

  • Al Gozinia

    Shit!! I wish I had read these replies & remarks BEFORE I followed these asinine instructions and finding the correct method elsewhere. What a moreoff and irresponsible miscreant for not updating the proper instructions.

  • noname

    why am i typing? propably they will delete my messages, huh 🙂 …. whatever … “people deserve the SAME things that they have DONE before” <– i like this thought 🙂 . ba bay : )

  • I have followed the guide to enable, activate my admin account on Windows 7:

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