How to enable and disable the Windows Administrator account

  • NSHIMIYUMWUNGELI Antoine Marie Zacharie

The built-in Administrator account is disabled by default in Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. It is disabled to enhance security as this is a common account targeted by hacking scripts and hackers when they try and access your computer without your permissions. In my opinion, you should leave the Administrator account disabled, but as there have been many requests for this information, I have decided to write this guide. This guide will provide three methods that will allow you to enable your Administrator account in Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. It is important to note that in order to perform either of these methods you will need to be logged in with an account with Administrator privileges. Also, if you are enabling the Administrator account for the first time you will also need to assign it a strong password as it does not have a password by default.

Please note that methods 1 and 2 will only work in Windows Vista, 7, and 8 Professional, Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise versions.

Method 1: Enable the Administrator account through the Computer Management Console

Please note this method only works in Windows Vista & 7 Professional, Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise, and Windows 8.

  1. In Windows 8, from the Start Screen type Computer and when the icon appears right-click on it. You should now see some options appear at the bottom of the screen. Left-click on the Manage option and skip to step 2.

    In Windows XP, Vista, and 7, right-click on the Computer icon on your desktop and select Manage as shown in the image below. If you do not have this icon, you can click on the Start button and the right click on the Computer menu option.

    Manage Computer option

  2. If prompted by a User Account Control screen, click on the Yes button.
  3. The Computer Management screen will now open. Expand the System Tools folder, then the Local Users and Groups folder, and finally single-click on the Users folder so it becomes highlighted. In the right hand pane you will now see a list of the accounts on your computer, including the Administrator account.
  4. Right-click on the Administrator account and click on the Properties menu option as shown in the image below.

    Properties menu option

  5. Uncheck the Account is disabled checkbox if you would like to enable the Administrator account. If you wish to disable the account, then put a checkmark in this box instead.

    The Administrator Properties screen will now open as shown in the image below.

    Administrator Properties screen

  6. Press the OK button and then close the Computer Management screen.
  7. If you have enabled the Administrator account, please assign it a password as it does not have one by default. It is also suggested that you rename the account using the instructions here.
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