Vista or Windows 7: Enable the (Hidden) Administrator Account

  • open a command prompt in administrator mode by right-clicking and choosing “Run as administrator” (or use the Ctrl+Shift+Enter shortcut from the search box)
  • type the following command:
    net user administrator /active:yes

    • Log out, and log in as the administrator with no password.  Add a password to the account !!!!

    Disable Built-in Administrator Account
    • Log in as an administrator level user other than the administrator account.
    • Open an administrator mode command prompt as above. Type the following command:
    net user administrator /active:no

    The administrator account will now be disabled, and shouldn’t show up on the login screen anymore.

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    This post contains some responses to questions that I have been asked by various people over the last few years. In most cases, I have also posted the information on relevant online community forums such as I hope that you find this useful. Stephen Digby