How to Enable Hidden Administrator Account in Windows 7?
Are you wondering if the built-in Administrator account that comes as default with every version of Windows operating system still be found? And what if the account can be found, will it be accessible from Windows 7?Â The answer is yes. When you install Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you are prompted to choose a user name for you to access. That user name is set as the primary local user of the computer. However, this is not the administrator account.
So what is administrator account in Windows 7?
In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, the administrator account is always deactivated by default. The new user, you create during installation, gets configured as a member of the built-in administrator group of accounts. One of these users can be used almost equivalent to the administrator account. However, in several situations, you may want to access your PC as the built-in administrator account without using another user account. Therefore, you need to enable the administrator account on Windows 7 or Vista. In this regard, you need to remember that administrator account does not include a password. If you enable this administrator account, you need to set a password for the account to secure access to the account. Hence, how to secure and enable administrator account on Windows 7?
Methods to enable administrator account on Windows 7
You can adopt any one of the following three methods to enable administrator account on Windows 7.
1.Â Â Â Â Â Â Using Groups Snap-in
If you are using Local Users and Groups Snap-in to enable hidden administrator account, then follow these steps mentioned below:
- First of all, type in lusrmgr.msc at the Search box from the Start menu. Hit ‘Enter’ button. Thus, you can access ‘Local Users and Groups’
- Or else, do this: right-click on ‘Computer’ from the Start menu. Select ‘Manage’ to access ‘Computer Management’. Next, click ‘System Tools’ and select ‘Local Users and Groups’. Select ‘Users’.
- Here, you need to set the password. For this, right-click ‘Administrator account’ and choose ‘Set Password’.
- When the ‘Set Password for Administrator’ window opens, click ‘Proceed’
- An window for setting password will open wherein you will be prompted to enter the password for administrator account. Type in an easy to remember password for the administrator account and then, retype to confirm the password.
- Click ‘Ok’.
- Now, activate the administrator account in Windows 7 by right-clicking the administrator account.
- Click ‘Properties’.
- You will find the administrator account is marked as ‘Account is disabled’. Unchek the check-box and click ‘Ok’.
Thus, you can enable administrator account on Windows 7 and set a password for security of the account.
2.Â Â Â Â Â Â Using Command Prompt
In order to enable hidden administrator account by using Command Prompt option, follow these steps:
Go to ‘Start’, click ‘Run’
- Â Type ‘’ in the ‘Run’ textbox and press Enter.
- Right-click on the CMD to choose ‘Run as Administrator’ because it is better to use Command Prompt as an administrator.
- Click ‘Yes’ when you will be prompted to allow the Command Process to run.
- In the Command Prompt, type in “net user”.
- Next, set the password for the administrator account, type in “net user administrator *”
- Type in the desired password for the administrator account and type again the password to confirm your choice of password.
- Finally, enable the password by typing in “net user administrator /active:yes”
3.Â Â Â Â Â Â While installing Windows 7
You can also activate the hidden administrator account while you are installing Windows 7. While installing Windows 7, you will be requested to configure a new user account. There, you can choose the administrator account. For this, press ‘Shift’ + ‘F10’ key together to initiate the command prompt. Now type in “net user” and set the password by typing in “net user administrator *”. Then, type in and retype the password to set the password for the account.
Do you face any technical hiccup or difficulty in performing these steps to enable administrator account?