How to Enable Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 11?

With the launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft has disabled the default inbuilt Administrator account. That means the Administrator account remains available but hidden. Which means you can not use it without enabling it. If you are making important changes on your PC using an administrative account, still Windows will prompt you to confirm your intention to change important settings. That means you have to press the Yes button when User Account Control (UAC) dialog appears. Built-in administrative account has more power than the administrator account we create. The built-in administrative account still exists in the newest operating system Windows 11, but it is hidden, and you need to activate it manually. However, if you start Windows 11 in Safe Mode, it will automatically enable the built-in Administrator account.

This gearupwindows article will guide you with some simple steps to enable the default Administrator Account in Windows 11.

How to check the Administrator Account status on Windows 11?

Step 1. Click on the Search button from the taskbar and type CMD in the search box.

Step 2. From the available search results, click on the “Command Prompt” to open it.

Step 3. In the Command Prompt window, type the following and hit Enter from the keyboard to see the current status of the Administrator account:-

net user administrator

In the output, find the Account active. If next to it, you see No, then the built-in administrator is disabled or inactive, and you need to enable or activate it.

How to Enable Administrator Account in Windows 11 using Command Prompt?

Step 1. Open the Command Prompt with administrator privileges.

To open the Command Prompt with admin rights on Windows 11 PC, press Windows + R keys to launch the Run dialog box. In the Run box, type CMD and press CTRL + SHIFT +ENTER from the keyboard to open Command Prompt window with elevated rights. If User Account Control dialog box opens, click the Yes button.

Step 2. In the Command Prompt window, type the following and hit Enter from the keyboard to activate the administrator account:-

net user administrator /active:yes

After executing the above steps, you should get the output, “The command completed successfully.” Now, the built-in administrator is active on your Windows 11, and you can log in to that like any other normal user account.

It is not recommended to enable the built-in administrator account, so once you finish troubleshooting or any other specific task, disable it. To disable the built-in admin account, in the above steps, in step 2, execute the following command:-

net user administrator /active:no

How to Enable the Administrator Account on Windows 11 using Local Users and Groups?

Step 1. Press Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2. In the Run dialog box, type the following and hit Enter from the keyboard:-

lusrmgr.msc

Step 3. Double-click on the Users folder to see the Administrator account. If you see a down arrow on the Administrator account icon, that means it is disabled, and you need to enable it to use.

Step 4. Now, right-click on the Administrator and select the Properties option from the drop-down menu.

Step 5. In the General tab of the “Administrator Properties” dialog, uncheck the checkbox “Account is disabled.”

Step 6. Click Apply.

Step 7. Click OK.

If you would like to disable the Administrator account on your Windows 11 PC, repeat the above steps and in step 5. check the option “Account is disabled.”

Once you complete the above steps, you will enable or disable the built-in administrator account.

How to Enable Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 11 Local Security Policy app (secpol.msc)?

Step 1. Open the Run dialog box by pressing Win + R keys altogether.

Step 2. In the Run box, type the following and hit Enter from the keyboard:-

secpol.msc

Step 3. Navigate to the following path from the left side pane under the Local Security Policy window:-

Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options

Step 4. In the right pane, find the policy “Accounts: Administrator account status” and double click on it to open.

Step 5. Select the Enabled option.

Step 6. Click Apply.

Step 7. Click OK.

After executing the above steps, the built-in administrator is enabled on your Windows 11 PC. If you change your mind and want to disable it, repeat the above steps, and in step 4, select the Disabled option.

That’s all.

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