How to enable or disable default built-in admin account on Windows 8 [Guide]

introThe built-in administrator account is hidden and is disabled by default in Windows 8 . This account has complete unrestricted control of your computer system and is therefore the main account targeted by users . That is why this account is disable and hidden to increase security of your system . In order to enable the built in administrator account , you must login with an account with administrator privileges . Follow the guide below on how to enable or disable the built in administrator account .

BEFORE WE BEGIN

  • We do not recommend that you enable the built in administrator account as it can be a security risk
  • You need to login in with an account with administrator privileges to be able to enable the built-in admin account

HOW TO ENABLE BUILT-IN ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT ON WINDOWS 8

Step 1 : Open “Command Prompt” . If you cant find it , press Windows Logo key and search for ”Command Prompt” in the search bar

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Step 2 : Right click and run command prompt and choose “Run as Administrator

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Step 3 : Type in the following code into command prompt :

net user administrator /active:yes

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Step 4 : The built in Administrator account is now enabled . Log off your current account and you’ll see a new account named “Administrator” . Note : The built in Administrator account name cant be changed will remain as “Administrator” .

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HOW TO DISABLE THE BUILT-IN ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT

Step 1 : Open “Command Prompt” by pressing the Windows Logo key and searching for “command prompt”

Step 2 : Right click and choose “Run as Administrator

Step 3 : Once open , type in the following code into command prompt and press enter :

net user administrator /active:no

Step 4 : The built-in administrator account is now disabled .

CONCLUSION

By following the above guides , you can enable or disable the built-in administrator account . However I would advise that you create a strong password for the built in admin account as it doesn’t have any password set when enabled for the first time .

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  1. fjam

    Thank for your tips, it’s very useful and I’ve just found that it’s the same with an article on my site: http://tipsandtricksforum.com/thread-102.html
    Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7 are shipped with an Administrator account that is disabled by default. But, in some cases, we need to enable the Administrator account, because some tasks require Administrative privileges to be executed.
    By the way, thank you again, have a nice day.