The Windows operating system has always been known for its different tier accounts. So for the length and breadth of this article, we would be learning How to Enable Built-in Administrator Account on Windows.
I personally was acquainted with the “administrator” accounts around 6 years back when I had a keen interest in “hacking“, because hacking Windows XP administrator accounts was a walk in the park.
But anyway, that’s when I learnt the “super-powers” the administrator account holds over the general accounts. And the biggest turn on factor obviously was the fact that the accounts are hidden by default, and that just acts as a pushing mechanism for me to access it as far as I’m concerned.
So let’s have a deeper look into what the Administrator accounts are and why you would want to Enable them.
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What are Windows User Accounts?
If you’re familiar with “linux superuser accounts” you’d understand what windows Administrator accounts are, they are basically accounts which let you log in to your Windows Operating systems with the highest level of administrative rights.
In other words, you get certain special privileges with the Administrator accounts on Windows compared to it’s general accounts.
With the Administrator accounts, you can pretty much do anything on the system. Copy any file from any location, change the password of other accounts, change the other account “types”, delete any file etc.
In other words, it’s the all-access account.
While there are two other types of accounts you should be aware of now that we’re already talking about Administrator accounts.
Standard Accounts:- They’re the accounts on the lower level of the Administrative accounts. They also let you do pretty much anything, just except major changes to the system.
For eg. you can change the wallpapers or the password to your own account or rename files and folders, but you can’t make changes like edit the registry or uninstall the antivirus.
Family Safety Accounts :- These fall under the “standard” accounts but just with additional security measures. These are also called the “parental” accounts as they allow you to set certain restrictions on the accounts like time limits, restricted websites etc.
It’s actually better to be using a standard account rather than an administrator account in my opinion for the simple fact that; you get almost the same level of access with the standard accounts.
But with the standard account, the chances of you making a wrong command to the system are less because administrative changes are restricted.
Secondly, if you’re logged in to the Administrator account and you leave the system un-monitored, it’s possible that someone else accesses that system and makes damage-inducing changes to it.
But there are less chances of someone being able to do it if they gain access to the standard accounts.
How to Enable Built-in Administrator Account on Windows?
Well I won’t beat around the bush anymore, let me show you how to Enable Built-in Administrator Account in Windows.
The Administrator accounts are “in-built” to all Windows systems, but they’re disabled by default so let’s work on enabling them.
But let me be honest that the Windows team didn’t hide it just for fun, there are quite a plethora of reasons why they might not want you accessing you that account, so unless it’s really important, I suggest you leave the account be.
Go to Start Menu, and type “cmd” in the search box.
Then you’d want to right click on the cmd tool, and click on “run as administrator”.
And then finally, paste the following line exactly as it is in the command line tool and hit enter.
net user administrator /active:yes
Done! Just restart or logoff and you’ll be able to choose “Administrator” accounts now!
Well let me tell you that the above method works for all the other Windows operating systems (including 7,8,10), the only difference you might notice is the user-interface or icons.
How to Disable the Administrator Accounts?
Once you’ve experienced the power of the devil (administrator accounts), you might not want to unleash it ever again.
Infact I’ve enabled the administrator account only twice in my lifetime, once for troubleshooting the system, and today for the sake of this article.
So when you want to disable it, just follow the same steps till you reach the command-line tool, and there paste this:-
net user administrator /active:no
What you just did is, you disabled the active status of the Administrator account for your system.
Well you can obviously turn it back on at any moment you please to, so the changes aren’t permanent. But its better if the genii stays in the bottle.
So that was all I had on How to Enable Built-in Administrator Account on Windows folks, hope this piece helped you.
If it did, I’d love to get your feedback in the comments section. Not to mention that if you’ve got even simpler methods to enable built in administrator accounts for Windows, feel free to let us know, I’ll include it over here if it feels right.
Also if for some reason the above method didn’t work for your Windows’ version, or you messed something up, feel free to use the comment box in that case as well, I’ll try to solve your query as best to my knowledge as possible.
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