Administrator Account

How to Enable or Disable the Real Built-in Administrator Account in Vista
The hidden built-in Administrator account in Vista acts like the one in XP with full rights and no UAC. This will show you how to enable or disable the real built-in Administrator user account.
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
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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:
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

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

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).​

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,

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Shawn Brink


Hi Niconicolino,

Welcome to the forum. :party:

You will need to right click on CMD and click Run as administrator, even if you are doing this in a 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!
Ive tried that m8 it still sayin that its managed by the system admin wen i im and i unlocked the hidden admin account:cry:
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
Ok Shank,

Since none of the above helped, try running a sfc /scannow command to see if is can find and fix any problem with the system files.

How to Repair and Verify the Integrity of Vista System Files with System File Checker

If that does not help, then you can do a Repair install if you have a Vista Express or Retail installation DVD. This will allow you to repair your Vista installation without losing your files, settings, and programs.

How To Perform a Repair Installation For Vista

Hi NicksonBlue,

You can if you want to. :)

It will not be as secure as using a normal Administrator account with UAC turned on.


but on my XP and not an administrator
Not sure what your question is. :confused:

This built-in Administrator account acts like the one in XP without UAC and with full permissions.
I have tried both ways on and off and I am still unable to uninstall a program when it is selected in programs and features in control panel.

Again when I select a program the uninstall display do not come up where I have the choice to uninstall a program


Hi Shawn,

I just joined yesterday but I've been reading these forums for a while. A lot of good stuff on here. Good Job! One question for you. I created an Administrator account and decided to change the name to Test (for example). When I tried to rename the account back to Administrator, I got an error message saying that this name already existed, please choose another name. Well, this bugs me because there is only one TRUE Administrator and if HE can't change his name, who can? LOL. I've tried turning off the Administrator account, deleting the Administrator user folder (in Safe Mode), and then turning the Admin account back on, but low and behold, the same user name comes up, Test. Do you know a workaround for this?
Hi Musicmanrdu,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

Normally, I would advise you to creates a new account and delete the old one to fix this problem. However, since this is the Built-in Administrator account, I can only recommend a Repair install. This will allow you to repair your Vista installation and keep your other user account files, settings, and programs.

Hope this helps,