Enable Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8.1

Top 3 Options to Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8.1 and 8

Apr. 22, 2014 12:21 pm / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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Last time we have introduced how to enable or disable the built-in administrator account in Windows 7. This time we will move on to instruct you to enable the built-in administrator account in Windows 8.1 and 8. Meanwhile, for better security purposes, it is not recommended to leave the built-in administrator account always enabled, or used for everyday purposes. The built-in administrator account should only be used as needed instead. Thus, how to disable this built-in administrator account in Windows 8.1 and 8 will be introduced at the same time. Check them now.

Take the Notes before Enabling or Disabling Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8.1/8

  • 1. You will not be able to open and run "Metro" Store apps while signed in to the built-in administrator account.
  • 2. The built-in administrator account is a local account that cannot be switched to a Microsoft account. In addition, if needed, you can click here to learn how to switch between Microsoft account and locan account in Windows 8.1/8.
  • 3. The built-in administrator account's C: \Users\Administrator folder will not be created until the first time that it is signed into.
  • 4. If you enable the built-in administrator account, it is recommended that you create a password for it to help prevent unauthorized access of it.

Top 3 Options to Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8.1/8?

Option 1: Command to Enable or Disable Administrator in Command Prompt

  • 1. Open an elevated command prompt, and do the following steps according to your requirement.
  • 2. A. To Enable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8.1/8

    a. In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below and press Enter, then go to the next step.

    Note: If you had renamed the built-in Administrator account's name, then you will need to substitute administrator in the command below with the new name instead.
    net user administrator / active:yes

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    B. To Disable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8.1/8

    Just replace the "net user administrator / active:yes" into "net user administrator / active:no" in the Administrator command prompt window.
  • 3. Close the elevated command prompt.
  • 4. The built-in Administrator will now be available to select to sign into.

Option 2: To Enable or Disable Administrator in Local Users and Groups

This option is only available in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.

  • 1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type lusrmgr.msc and click/tap on OK.
  • 2. In the left pane, click/tap on the Users folder, then in the middle pane, double click/tap on Aministrator.

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  • 3. Do the steps below for what you would like to do.

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    A. To Enable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8.1/8

    a. Uncheck the Account is disabled box, click/tap on OK, and go to the next step.

    B. To Disable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8.1/8

    a. Check the Account is disabled box, click/tap on OK, and go to the next step.
  • 4. Close the Local Users and Groups window.
  • 5. The built-in Administrator will now be available to select to sign into.

Option 3: To Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Local Security Policy

This option is only available in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.

  • 1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type secpol.msc and click/tap on OK.
  • 2. In the left pane, click/tap on the Local Policies folder to expand it, and click/tap on the Security Options folder.

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  • 3. In the right pane of Security Options, double click/tap on Accounts: Administrator account status. Then, the window will be open.

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  • 4. A. To Activate the Built-in Default Administrator Account in Windows 8.1/8

    a. Select Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to the nest step.

    B. To Disactivate the Built-in Default Administrator Account in Windows 8.1/8

    a. Select Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to the next step.
  • 5. Close the Local Security Policy window.
  • 6. The built-in Administrator will now be available to select to sign into.

Choosing either option from above, you can solve the problem of how to enable the built-in elevated administrator account in Windows 8.1/8.

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