How do I enable hidden administrator account in Windows 7, 8, 8.1, Windows 10, XP or Vista?
Sure, in this article we’ll let you know how you can enable this built-in administrator account in Windows 10 with the proper screenshots. I have performed the steps in Windows 7 computer, but the same steps can be worked on all the Microsoft Windows operating system too.
Usually, this built-in Administrator account is disabled by default. If you want to enable it, then you will have to easily enable it by following some simple steps.
Below, we have prepared a how-to instructions along with the screenshots so that you can easily understand the procedure. Please see steps:
Steps to Enable Windows Administrator Account
There are two methods to do that. We have explained both of them down below. Opt for one method from them and then follow its given instructions.
- Enable Administrator account through command prompt.
- Enable Administrator account automatically through a “.bat” file.
Method 1: Enable administrator account through command prompt
In method1, you’ll get manual commands to enable the administrator account. The following steps are for Windows 7, 8, 8.1, Windows 10, Vista, XP, Servers.
Step 1: Open Command Prompt with the administrator rights.
- Click on the Start button.
- Type “cmd” in the search bar.
- Right-click on the found cmd.exe as a search result and click on “Run as Administrator”. A command prompt window will open up with administrative privileges. Click here to get more details on how to open the command prompt with administrative rights.
Step 2: Run following command in the command prompt.
- Type the following command into the command prompt.
- Press the enter button from your keyboard.
net user administrator /active:yes
- In a few moments after pressing the enter key, either you receive the error message: “system error 5 has occurred – Access is denied” or a successful message: “The command completed successfully”
If you receive this message: “The command completed successfully” it, means your administrator account has been activated.
If you receive “Access is Denied” message it means either you did not open your command prompt with administrator privileges or your current user account doesn’t have administrative rights. In this case, we suggest you to just start the command prompt with “Run as administrator”. If you don’t have administrative rights, then you cannot enable the administrator account.
- Now, restart your computer and check if the Windows buitin administrator account got enabled or not.
Here are the steps if you want to de-activate (Hide/disable) your Administrator Account again.
- If you want to disable the administrator account then type the following command in CMD.
net user administrator /active:no
- When done, logout of your current account or reboot your computer.
- After rebooting, the Administrator account should not be present on your login screen.
Method 2: Enable Administrator Account through .bat file
If you are looking forward to doing it automatically, then you can easily do it by using the “.bat” file. Please follow the following steps: Your administrator account will be in an active state on the login screen.
Step 1: Download “activate_administrator_user.bat”
Step 2: Right-click on the activate_administrator_user.bat file and click on “Run as Administrator” It will flash the command prompt and make the administrator account automatically in the Windows login screen.
If you want to disable the administrator account then you can run its de-activator file:de-activate_administrator_user.bat
Hopefully, this article helped you enable or disable the administrator account on your logon screen in Windows 10, 7, 8. If you have any questions regarding the issue, please let us know in the comment section below.