Enable Administrator Account

Written: 07/24/13

Last Updated: 07/24/13

Windows includes a built-in administrative account called “Administrator”. This account has certain privileges that you may not have, even if you are a so-called “Administrator”. Sometimes, you will need to run specific applications as “Administrator”. This is only required if you have User Account Control (UAC) enabled. If UAC is disabled, and your account has administrative privileges, then you will default to launching programs with administrative privileges. If you would like to disable UAC, you can follow this tutorial.

Enabling the Administrator account is quite simple. The technique shown here, should work in Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

Start by opening the run dialog, by pressing the windows key and “R” at the same time. Type “compmgmt.msc”, as shown below, and then press enter. If you have UAC enabled you will not have the “This task will be created with administrative privileges” line. If you are presented with any UAC prompts, click “Yes”. This will launch computer management. I prefer to run this, rather than the individual snap-in (we could have directly run lusrmgr.msc), as computer management gives you access to everything with only needing to remember the name of one program.

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Expand “Local Users and Groups”, and then click on “Users”. Right click on “Administrator” and click on “Properties”.

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In the window that appears, uncheck the “Account is disabled” box. Then press OK.

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That is all there is to it. You may now use the Administrator account.

The next time you login to windows, you should see the Administrator account. You can login by simply clicking on the Administrator account image. The default settings create the user with no password.

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