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How to Enable Administrator account


How to enable administrator account (hidden) in windows xp, windows vista, windows 7, 8, 8.1, Windows 10?

Solved Answer (Solution)

Sure, we’ll help you with the step by step guide how you can enable or disable “administrator” user account (default user). Below, we will provide you the proper command so that you can run this command into command prompt(MS Dos) to enable administrator user. If you are looking forward to automatic method to do this then we have some “.bat” files here. Please choose one option from them. Follow the below given instructions.

Metod 1: Automatic Fixit

Download and Run this EXE file and make your administrator account active.

Method 2: Do it Manually


1. Click on Start
2. Then click on All programs
3. Then click on Accessories
4. Find there command prompt
5. Run this command prompt with administrative mode (right click on that and choose “Run as administrator)

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6. Now type this following command into command prompt and then hit enter

net user administrator /active:yes


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7. You’ll get the message “The command completed successfully
8. That means your administrator account has been activated.

If you’ll get this message “system error 5 has occurred – Access is denied

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10. That means your command line has not run in administrative mode.
11. First of all open this command prompt in administrative mode then run this command again.

If you want to disable administrator account then type this following command

net user administrator /active:no

Your Account has administrator rights but is not the Administrator account. The built in Administrator account is disabled by default.Enable Administrator Account in Vista1.See your Start menu and in “Accessories” list, open “Command Prompt” by right-clicking on its icon and selecting“Run as Administrator”2.Once the Command Prompt window appears, type in the command net user administrator /active:yes3. When done, logout of your current account.

4. The Administrator account should be present on yourlog in screen.

Re-Enable the UAC using this AccountIt is suggested you switch off of the integratedAdministrator account when done using it

De-Activate Administrator Account in Vista

1. See your Start menu along with “Accessories” list, open “Command Prompt” by right-clicking on its icon and choosing“Run as Administrator”2.

When the Command Prompt window appears, go into the command net user administrator /active:no3. When done, logout of theAdministrator account.

4. The Administrator account should not be presenton your log in screen.

Please reply back and inform us if the helped to resolve the issueotherwise we will continue to troubleshoot – appreciate it



This post was last updated on:2017-12-21 | First Published:2013-03-12

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  1. hello
    can you help me to this problem. I enable the administrator account then after that I log on to the administrator account. My problem is after I log on to the administrator account I disables the administrator account then after that i log off now and enter the user account. I want to enable again the administrator account but because of that I log in to the user account I can’t able to do that. Can you help me to fix this.

    Thanks and Best Regards,
    Need help Urgent

  2. C:\Windows\system32>net user administrator /active:yes
    The command completed successfully.

    C:\Windows\system32>net view
    Server Name Remark

    The command completed successfully.

    C:\Windows\system32>shutdown -i
    Remote shutdown dialog is opened
    next i click add
    then i entered \\recn-pc
    next press ok…after that i get error msg is “\\recn-pc: Access is denied.(5)”

  3. I got the command completed successfully message, yet I am getting permission denied message when I am trying to delete an application , I can’t change the security permissions too.

  4. And how am I supposed to run cmd as Administrator or download things when I don’t have Administrator rights?
    I can’t do or run anything right now, not even reset the PC because, you guessed it, I don’t have ANY admin rights.

    • Yes this is the fact that without admin rights you can’t do. But if you had an admin right’s account and you have lost its password then there are some software available in the market which can help you reset your password. Please let us know if this is the case.

  5. Fabulous!
    Worked like a charm, and Command Prompt after scan indicated no issues.
    Thank you.

  6. My admin account is deleted.. Now I am using limited account.. How to enable administration permission… Please anybody and me….

  7. Hello Mr Techexpert
    how when I click CMD run as administrator, it asks me to type password ?

  8. Omar Faruque Molla

    Hello Techexperts !, nice to meet you all , I have problem with my windows 8.1 , there actually when I’m gonna open Command Prompt (Admin) windows is saying that – ” This file doesn’t have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel.” What should I do now ?, please tell me? , and perhaps my windows 8.1 is not activated , Is it’s the real reason for admin problem or other?

  9. Hello,

    i have windows 7 professional version, unfortunately i have disabled administrator account and i also changed the password of admin account, now i have only standard user account, when i am going to run any task with administrator account then i am not able to run any task and popup windows yes tab also disabled, what should i do?

  10. This is the most ridiculous post I have seen. The TechHelp person did not understand the problem or the many people trying to explain.
    Clearly if you have the password for the Administrator account AND it is set to “/active:yes” then you can access CMD (as Administrator). In this case there would be no question or problem to be solved – you just log on! This is what Bill (contributor) tried to point out.

    Windows security is set so that Right-Mouse-Click on CMD for “run as Administrator” will either prompt for Administrator’s password, or the “Yes” option is denied (greyed out). If your Windows version prompts for password and you know the password and enter it, there is no problem. You can access CMD and reset the Administrator account to be visible by “/active:yes”.

    However, if your Windows version (such as RT 8.1) presents the “Yes” option greyed out, access to CMD with Administrator rights is not possible.

    The real question is this: When Administrator has been set as “/active:no”, and there is no Administrator visible as a user on Windows Users Log On screen, how can the Administrator log on?

    • Hi, GenieMac,
      Thank you for highlighting this matter to us. We have not done any research on this, we will research on this matter and update on this page.

      As we keep saying CLEARLY, there is NO option (as of now OR you can say as we know) to active administrator account if you don’t have user of administrative privileges OR you know administrative privilege’s user account password. This post is only for assistance to know the command how to active the administrator account because administrator account does disable as default settings of windows.

  11. it worked for me so well!! thanks a lot !!:)

  12. hallo
    i have window 7 professional and when write ” net user administrator / active:yes ” in command promt it says ” sys error 5 ” also right click on cmd run as administratot didnt work

    • It means your current user profile which you have logged in is not the administrator account, may be it is a standard account. So please make use you login into administrative privileges account.

  13. Hi I am unable to run exe file and unable to create Administrator, showing below popup message

    Usually, if u run as administrator then it will open a popup with Yes and No right but for me Yes is disabled. Appreciate for the solution

  14. This thread is exasperating. I am having the same difficulty. If I right-click on “cmd” and “Run as administrator” then I am prompted for an administrator log-in and password.

    Under the System32 folder I am able to click on and get into the cmd prompt, but not as an administrator.

    I can no longer run many executable files. I have heard that malware bytes solves this problem. However, since I cannot add any more .exe file changes to the computer without an admin password, the only programs that can be updated are those that do so automatically, on a previously set schedule. “Microsoft Security Essentials” does have regular updates and scans, yet does not solve the problem. Why is it that another company has a program that evidently has been cleaning up this issue for a very long time, whereas Microsoft is not? Obviously this is a known malware problem that Microsoft has chosen not to address for some reason.

    I cannot get the laptop to boot up in safe mode.

    Additional problems are cropping up (no longer finding the “path” to a file when I click on it), and I fear that rebooting it one more time will be the end of this laptop.

    I have now been stalled on everything for work for weeks, and spent countless hours reading redundant articles that haven’t provided a solution without resorting to downloads (which I cannot run) or booting off of a disk that I don’t have.

    It would be great to have a different, workable solution.


    • Alright, I read your message and want to know: Is your current user have “administrator privileges” or “Standard” user?
      Secondly, Make a new administrator user account and login into that new account and then try to run your exes
      Please let us know the problem what you are facing while opening up the exe files.

      • Can you please explain how to make a new administrator using a user which is facing these admin privileges? Please do not suggest to use the user which has administrator privileges. In that case we would not raise this issue.

      • Moreover, I need to inform you that I have never activated the default administrator so do not have password. Always installing applications using run as administrator or providing access rights. But somehow local user lost admin privileges. Now if I try to open command prompt as admin as you suggested, it requires administrator password. But as mentioned earlier, never activated default administrator and not have the password. Hope you understand the scenario now.

        • Yes, we understand that,
          Please turn off the UAC setting from control panel: Go to control panel –>> user account –>> change user account control setting. Drag it too never notify. Let us know if your account allow to do so. If it doesn’t work then let me know the how many accounts in your computer and their account types as well. Also let me know which antivirus are you using on this computer.

          • Thank you very much for your response.
            My account is not allowed to access “change user account control setting”. I am using only one account from the very beginning which had admin privilege that time. But now not able to install any application using that local account. I have already mentioned, default administrator is disabled.
            I am not using any third party antivirus, only windows defender.

          • Is your computer asking password when you try install any application or do anything administrative? or gives error message?

          • It is asking password for both try install any application or do anything administrative.

          • I have understood your issue exactly, however, as of now we have no solution of this situation because my logic is stuck at point of if we try anything manual steps or automatic tool, we need administrative password or account which don’t have. As of my assumption, might be a virus / malware have done these changes with your account.

        • Yes, we understand that,
          Please turn off the UAC setting from control panel: Go to control panel –>> user account –>> change user account control setting. Drag it too never notify. Let us know if your account allow to do so. If it doesn’t work then let me know the how many accounts in your computer and their account types as well. Also let me know which antivirus are you using on this computer.

  15. most of them are says access denied ,,,,,,,,,it happen tooo me also

    and i think admin account works only in original operating system …..

    my thinking is correct r im in wrong way?

    • Did you open CMD windows using the correct method, clicking on “Run as administrator” option. If you get this access dined issue that means either you did not open CMD using “Run as administrator” command or your current user do not have administrative privileges.

  16. Heres my issue. When I installed Windows 10 I used a Microsoft account. Apparently Im not an admin on the computer. I cannot do anything that requires admin priveldges because there simply is no admin. I cant create one. I cant do anything because there is no admin account and I cant make one.

  17. When I’m trying to run the cmd from admin account, it is asking the admin id and password. Eventually when i m put the id and password it showing “admin account is disabled”, do anyone have the solution for this…..Thanks

  18. the download links dont work

  19. i mistakely disseable for administrator user how to enable administrator user
    in dos mode

  20. The problem is; I have totally forgotten my admin password and I want to reset in cmd but every time I get System error 5 Access is denied. I can neither enter with Admin previlage because it requires password nor reset in guest account. What can I do? Please help..

    • Hi HCB, You can reset the Administrator’s account password if you have another admin privilege account. Simply login into another admin privilege account and go to the change password option of administrator’s account. Here you easily can change the password.

    • You can reset the password, via safemode.

  21. we r unable to log in into administrative account

    for me,
    i’d deleted my administrator acount by mistakenly the name was for e.g “shubham” and it was without any password

    den when i restarted my win7 pc it is showing log on screen

    when i type only “administrator” in username and puts password box as blank, aftr pressing enter or clicking on tat arrow, it says “your account is disabled”

    so i opnd in safe mode and added to more accounts
    one is “shubham” which i put as standard account coz unable to put it as administrative account now 🙁
    and another one is “Guest”

    now i restart my pc again n now logon screen showing this 2 accounts “shubham” and “guest” only … n not showing login for administrative account ….

    so do i want to repair win7 using cd
    or format it
    or what can i do without above 2 things to work it as before ..

    while typing this question
    i got quik idea to try
    and worked suprbly
    follow if having same problem

    go to safe mode
    add stndrd acnt with any name
    add pswrd to it
    try to change type as administrator (it won’t b change bt the magic is here .. it will help to enable administrator and will put same password to administrator account n we want the same )
    now restrt pc again
    go to “safe mode with cmd prmt”
    it will now show 2 accounts i.e. the standrd one u hv created and 2nd one is administrator
    jst click on administrator and put the passwrd of ur created standrd acnt
    now in cmd prmt box type below

    net user administrator /active:yes

    and u r done
    now rstrt again n loging with administrator with same psswrd….

  22. Good Thread Post …

  23. two thumbs up for this

  24. people could not understand , even we are running command prompt as admin still we are getting access denied , please help

  25. I get System error 5 has occurred.

    Access is denied.” and when i get command prompt or Ur above step to enable run administrator, “yes” is not enable only “NO” how i get solution pls help me?

    • This command is for active the administrator account: “net user administrator /active:yes”
      This command is for de-active the administrator account: “net user administrator /active:no”

      If you get this following error message “system error 5 has occurred – Access is denied” while running this command, that means you have not started your command prompt window with administrative privileges or your account doesn’t have the administrative rights to do this which you have logged in right now. So please make sure, you are running command prompt with “Run as administrator” option by right click on that.

      Please revert back for any further help.

      Error message:

  26. I cannot log on any longer but your trick requires log-in. Eventually I managed to enable the built-in administrator account offline by booting into PCUnlocker Live CD. Thank you!

  27. My Administrator account is disabled but in very bad way..we system starts it shows only user account and i have tried every solution provided on internet….it seems that it is deleted permanantly

  28. Ok thanks. The only solution about my problem is to boot again windows.

  29. I have the same problem but my account haven’t administator permissions. Please help

  30. After doing all these also still i am not able to disable or enable the administrator account and not able to install any software also.
    Please help me.

  31. can someone please answer ‘Cosmic Rocket’s question please? Apparently, I have the same problem too…..

    • You got error 5 message that means you haven’t run “command prompt” window without administrative mode. To solve that error 5 message you have to start “Command prompt(CMD)” with “Run as administator” mode. Please follow above article again.

      Here are the steps
      1. Click on Start
      2. Then click on All programs
      3. Then click on Accessories
      4. Find there command prompt
      5. Run this command prompt with administrative mode (right click on that and choose “Run as administrator)
      That’s it

      • can you explain why im still got denied ?ihave doing your step but still denied

      • Dude dont you get it dome of use cant run or log into a admin account do to it not being there when we try it says denied on cmd what do you do when this happens REMEMBER WE HAVE NO ACCESS TO ADMIN ACCOUNT! sorry for the caps but tired of seeing people not helping us when clearly we cant log in and need a way to get or accounts back to admin like they where before.

  32. my admin is no active,yet,some of my pc programmes are lock within the admin. and i cant upgrade my anti-virus for the worst of it. pliz help me,thanks.

  33. Thanks. !!! It worked

  34. “I get System error 5 has occurred.

    Access is denied.”

    I get this even when opening command prompt as administrator :(.

    • System error 5 means you don’t have admin rights.

    • i get system error 5 has occured.access denied when i type net user Administrator/active:yes and no both time error has occured

      • Please run your CMD with administrator privileges (Run as administrator).

        Click on Start menu button then click on search box and type there; CMD. CMD will appear as in search result. Do right click on it and choose the option “Run as administrator” them type the command again “net user administrator /active:yes”. Make sure you type this command in the same format that we written here: net user administrator /active:yes

        • i do same but when i right click on that cmd and choose “Run as administrator” than that time also am getting yes are no permission access window is appear,but yes option is disabled.

          so now tell me what will be do now……plz help me……

          • It means you are not an administrative privilege user account. And without administrative privileges you can do anything. Sorry we can’t help you on this particular situation.

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