How to activate hidden administrator account in windows OS

- Pranay on Sep 02 '14
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Every windows operating will have a default system administrator account which is by default hidden. This account will have system admin privileges and will have full access to do any kind of operations on the system. This account will be installed along with the installation of windows operating system and for security reasons this is disabled. This account can be enabled but it is recommended not to do so. Suppose if you want to enable this account it is suggested to use a password to this account.

Enabling the hidden administrator account using Local Users and Groups:

  1. Go to the start button and right click on the Computer/My Computer icon and click on manage.
  2. Click on the Users button under ‘Local Users and Groups’, it will list all the user accounts.
  3. Right click on the Administrator account and click on properties. Then uncheck the ‘Account is disabled’ and click ok.
  4. Now check the list of accounts available in the log-in screen. It will display the Administrator account too.

Enabling the hidden administrator account using command prompt:

  1. Open command prompt and run the below command.

    net user administrator /active:yes
    
  2. Now check the list of accounts available in the log-in screen. It will display the Administrator account too.

Note:

  1. Similarly if you want to deactivate this account give active as no i.e.,net user administrator /active:No.

  2. This command can also be used for activating/deactivating any windows user accounts through command prompt just by replacing 'administrator' with the required account name.

    net user myaccount /active:yes
    

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