How to Enable or Disable the Real Built-in Administrator Account in Vista
In Vista, even though you are using an administrator account, you still run with Standard account privileges. When a program or a action by you tries to run with administrators rights, you must first give it permission before it is allowed. This is the User Account Control (UAC). The hidden real Built-in Administrator Account does not use UAC and is like the one in XP with full rights on your computer. For more information, see: Microsoft Help and Support: KB942956
If you enable the hidden Built-in Administrator Account, it is recommended that you do not use this account all the time since everything installed and running on your computer will also have full access to computer too. Instead, I would recommmend that you use it for administrative purposes only, and then use a Standard or normal administrator user account that is restricted for everyday tasks for better security.
- This will not delete your current account. It just adds a new account named Administrator that is the real administrator account in Vista.
- If you do not have any other administrator account on your computer, then you will automatically startup into the built-in Administrator account when you boot into Safe Mode.
Open a elevated command prompt
. 2. To Enable the Hidden Built-In Administrator Account
A) In the elevated command prompt, type the command in bold below and press Enter. (See screenshot below)3. To Disable the Hidden Built-in Administrator Account WARNING: Make sure you are not logged into the built-in Administrator account when trying to disable it. You must be logged into a normal administrator account to do this instead. It will not work if you try to disable the built-in Administrator account while you are still logged on to it
net user administrator /active:yes
A) In the elevated command prompt, type the command in bold below and press Enter. (See screenshot below)4.
net user administrator /active:no
You will get the message, The command completed successfully
. If not, repeat the step. NOTE: If you are still unable to enable the built-in Administrator account from here, then try this again in Safe Mode instead. 5.
Close the elevated command prompt. 6.
Log off (in Start Menu) and you will see your new built-in Administrator
account next to your current account(s). 7.
Click on the new Administrator
account display picture icon and log on
to it. 8.
You should create a password
for this account for better security. 9.
You will then need to set up it's desktop preferences like any other account.