Ever since Windows Vista, the Windows Administrator account appears as disabled by default. It is different from user accounts that are administrator-level, however they are similar in that they offer the same privileges.
So what should you do in this case? Will you ever have to use, or is it just one of those things you can just live without completely?
Windows OS Administrator Account Guide
Well, it depends. In this post we’re going to outline how the Windows Administrator account will help and you can ultimately decide for yourself if you’ll ever make use of it.
If you’re running Windows Vista (or anything more recent) from a user account, you’ve certainly encountered the User Account Control (UAC), in the form of that annoying prompt which pops up when you want to do something requiring elevated privileges (for example when installing a program on all accounts).
When this happens, user accounts have to enter administrator credential (which means username and password), while administrator-level users only have to hit OK to confirm the action.
If you’re running the Windows Administrator account, all of this goes away, so all you have to do is activate it if you want to skip this minor annoyance (since, as we’ve mentioned earlier, it is disabled by default).
While this isn’t something we’d recommend (as it comes with a variety of security risks), we are nevertheless going to show you how to enable the Windows Administrator account (but remember, you have been warned!).
Method #1: Using Command prompt
Open a Command Prompt with administrator privileges by first going to Start, then typing cmd.exe into the Search bar. Now right-click on the cmd.exe and select Runs as administrator. If you get the UAC prompt, simply click Yes.
In Command Prompt, enter the following line:
net user administrator /active:yes
It’s as simple as that! And by the way, If you subsequently change your mind, just run the following command:
net user administrator /active:no
Method #2: Using Local Users and Groups
This method will only work in Professional and Ultimate versions of Windows, so if you’re running the Starter, Home Basic, or Home Premium editions, you won’t have this option.
Open the Run window by holding down the Windows key + R. Now type lusrmgr.msc and click OK.
In the left pane you’ll find the Users button – click on it and then right-click on Administrator and select Properties. You will see a checkbox saying Account is disabled under the General tab. Deselect it, then click Apply and OK, and then close the window – you’re done!
Method #3: Use the Local Security Policy editor
This is probably the most complicated method of the three we’re showing you here, but it still shouldn’t be too difficult to perform. Again, it will only work in Professional and Ultimate versions of Windows, so if you’re running the Starter, Home Basic, or Home Premium editions, you won’t have this option.
You begin by opening Run as we’ve instructed above, by holding down the Windows key + R. Now type secpol.msc into the field appearing before you and hit OK.
In the left panel you’ll find the Local Policies button – click it, then click the Security Options in the list under it. Then in the main pane look for Accounts: Administrator account status, right-click in and select properties.
Finally, under the Local Security Settings tab, change the Disabled setting to Enabled, and then click Apply and OK. You’re done with this one as well.
How to rename the Windows Administrator
OK, so now you’ve enabled and secured your account, but there’s another thing you be aware of. Since hackers are always looking for different ways to get access to the Administrator account, now that you’ve enabled it, you’ll be at an even greater risk.
One way to guard yourself from this would be to install a good antivirus program and follow other basic security guidelines. But another good idea would be to change the name of your Administrator account as well. Here’s how to do that:
Launch Command Prompt with administrator privileges by opening Start, typing cmd.exe in the Search bar, then right-clicking on the cmd.exe button and selecting Run as administrator.
Now that you’re running Command Prompt, type the following:
wmic useraccount where name=’Administrator’ call rename name=’NewAdminAccountName’
As you’ve probably guessed, NewAdminAccountName is the new name of your Administrator account. This method, by the way, will work if you’re running Windows 7, 8.1, or 10.
While this isn’t the most complicated process in the world, you shouldn’t be switching to the Windows Administrator account on a whim.
Think about it like this: Microsoft implemented the UAC system starting with Windows Vista for a good reason – so be careful what you do with the information you’ve been presented here!
If you are using Windows 8 you should also check our Windows 8 problems and solutions article to see the most common problems and how to fix them.