How to set up a backup admin account in Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and Vista [Tip]

If you only have one Windows account, consider adding a backup admin account. Then you will still be able to log in even if your primary account becomes corrupted in any way. Alternatively, you could enter a seemingly accurate password only to find that it isn’t the right one after all. If you can’t log in to your primary Windows account, you can repair it from the secondary admin account. This is how you can create a secondary administrator account in Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and Vista.

First, you should open the Control Panel. Enter Control Panel in the Windows Start menu search box to open it or press Win + R to open Run, enter Control Panel, and press Enter. Then select User Accounts to open the window in the shot below.

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Click on the Manage another account option and then Create a new account. That will open the window in the shot below where you should select the Administrator radio button. Give it a suitable title such as Admin Account. Then click on the Create Account button to add a new account as in the shot below.

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You can also add a password to the Admin Account by selecting it from the window above and selecting Create a password. That opens the window below with the password options. You can also open that window to change your primary account password from the admin account if the one you’re entering isn’t logging you in.

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So this Windows 7 backup account will certainly come in handy whenever you can’t log in to your primary account. I had a corrupted user account myself, and thanks to the backup was able to fix it.

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  1. LaPeche35

    I created an account “Backup Admin” and put it into “Administrators” group. When managing software or when working with “net” command in console , Windows asks to you to use “Administrator” account. Here 2 examples: you can install Microvolts game from “Administrator” or “Backup Admin” accounts but you can play only when it was installed from “Administrator” (caused by anti-cheat module). 2nd example: “net stop spooler” can work only from “Administrator” account, not the backup one. Remember how it was easy to define administrators in XP. Now there are new rules to follow, but which ones?

  2. David Roper

    Excellent advice. I recently did this for my Brother in Law just in case he gets too frisky one day and starts “deleting items he doesn’t use like DLLs and such”. OMG!