With the launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft has disabled the default Administrator account, and it continues to Windows 11 and 10. Even in Windows 11/10, the default Administrative account is disabled by Microsoft. If you want to enable the Administrator account for any reason, this guide will help you do the same.
How to enable or disable the Administrator account in Windows 11/10 using Computer Management?
To enable the default Administrator account on Windows 11/10, do the following:-
Step 1. Right-click on This PC from the desktop and select the Manage option.
Note: If you don’t find This PC icon on the Desktop, you can restore This PC icon from the Personalize app. You can even find This PC by clicking on the Search button and typing This PC.
Step 2. From the Computer Management window, click on Local Users and Groups.
Step 3. Double-click on Users from the right side pane.
Step 4. You will find a down arrow on the Administrator as well as the Guest account.
Step 5. Select the Administrator account, right-click, and choose Properties from the available options.
Step 6. You will see a checkmark on “Account is disabled.” Uncheck the same to enable the built-in Administrator account.
Step 7. Click Apply and then the OK button.
Step 8. Now, you will notice the down arrow button is removed, and the Administrator account is activated. Now, you can log in to the Administrator as well as other accounts too.
How to enable or disable the Administrator account in Windows 11/10 using Command Prompt?
Follow these steps to enable or disable the Administrator account in Windows 11/10 using Command Prompt:-
Step 1. Click on the Start button and type CMD or Command Prompt.
Step 2. Right-click on the Command Prompt app and select the Run as administrator option.
If prompted, enter a username and password of the managed administrator account of your computer.
Step 3. Type the following on the command prompt:-
net user administrator /active:yes
Now built-in Administrator account of Windows 11/10 will be activated. To deactivate it again, run the following command on step 4:-
net user administrator /active:no
The above-mentioned command will deactivate the built-in Administrative account again.
How to enable or disable the Administrator account in Windows 11/10 using Admin Tools?
Follow these steps to enable or disable the Administrator account in Windows 11/10 using Admin Tools:-
Step 1. Click on the Start button and type the following:-
Step 2. From the available search results, click on lusrmgr.msc (Microsoft Management Console Document) to open the Local Users and Groups window.
Step 3. Double-click on Users.
Step 4. Select and right-click on the Administrator, and from the available options, click on Properties.
Step 5. Uncheck “Account is disabled.”
Step 6. Click Apply and then the OK button.
How to enable or disable the Administrator account in Windows 11/10 using Group Policy?
Note: If you are running Windows 11/10 Home edition, enable Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) before proceeding with the below-mentioned steps.
Follow these steps to enable or disable the Administrator account in Windows 11/10 using Group Policy:-
Step 1. Press Windows Logo + R keys to open the Run box and type gpedit.msc.
Step 2. Click the OK button to launch the Local Group Policy Editor.
Step 3. Navigate to the following path:-
Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
Step 4. From the right-side pane, double-click on the “Accounts: Administrator Account Status” policy.
Step 5. Select the Enabled radio button to enable the inbuilt Administrator account.
Step 6. Click Apply and then the OK button to change the settings.
In conclusion, Windows 11/10, like its predecessor Windows Vista, has disabled the default Administrator account. However, if you need to enable the Administrator account for any reason, you can do so using several methods, including Computer Management, Command Prompt, Admin Tools, and Group Policy. Each method requires different steps, but they are all easy to follow. It’s important to keep in mind that enabling the Administrator account can pose security risks and should only be done if necessary. It’s also essential to disable the account once you’ve finished using it to ensure the safety and security of your computer.