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    How to Enable or Disable the Real Built-in Administrator Account in Vista
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    01 Jun 2007
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    How to Enable or Disable the Real Built-in Administrator Account in Vista


    information   Information
    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
    warning   Warning
    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.
    Note   Note

    • 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.






    Here's How:
    1. 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)

    net user administrator /active:yes
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    B) Go to step 7.
    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.
    A) In the elevated command prompt, type the command in bold below and press Enter. (See screenshot below)

    net user administrator /active:no
    Administrator Account-cmd_disable.jpg
    4. 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).
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    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.
    That's it,
    Shawn




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    Neat,Thnx man

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    Hi Asky,

    Glad you like it. I was tired of that restricted account too.

    Shawn

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    Re: Administrator Account

    I do what you said but in the cmd appears a number 5 error. Access is denied. Please help.

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    Re: Administrator Account

    Hi Niconicolino,

    Welcome to the forum.

    You will need to right click on CMD and click Run as administrator, even if you are doing this in a Administrator account.

    Shawn

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    Re: Administrator Account

    Safe m8 i tried that tutorial and it worked but. even wen im on the admin account it still wont allow me to activate the windows side bar please help!

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    Re: Administrator Account

    Hi Shank,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    Is this the tutorial you tried? It should help.

    How to Fix Windows Sidebar not Starting in Vista

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    Re: Administrator Account

    Ive tried that m8 it still sayin that its managed by the system admin wen i im and i unlocked the hidden admin account

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    Re: Administrator Account

    Shank,

    Even after this: How to Enable or Disable Windows Sidebar in Vista ?

    Did you install or change anything before this happened? (Ex: Gadget or settings)

    Shawn

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    no m8

    i tried that way and it didnt work i tried both wayz aswell if your fed up be in my shoes i dont understand why it wont work its stupid

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