How to Enable or Disable the Built-In Administrator Account

Windows 10 has a built-in administrator account.

This local administrator account is disabled and hidden by default for security reasons.

In this post, you will see the steps to activate or deactivate it. I’m using Windows 10 PC here. Let’s get started.

Activate or Deactivate the Built-In Administrator Account

Method #1

Open the elevated Command Prompt. To do this task, open Run by pressing Windows + R. Type cmd, and then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter. Hit Yes in the UAC popup.

To activate, type in the following command and then press the Enter key:

Net user administrator /active:yes

To disable it, type the following command and then press the Enter key:

Net user administrator /active:no

Method #2

Open elevated PowerShell.

To activate, type in the following command and then press Enter:

Get-LocalUser -Name “Administrator” | Enable-LocalUser

To disable it, type the following command and then press Enter:

Get-LocalUser -Name “Administrator” | Disable-LocalUser

Method #3

In the Run Box, type gpedit.msc and then press Enter.

Navigate to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options.

On the right pane, you will see Accounts: Administrator account status.

Double-click on it.

To activate, select Enabled and then click OK.

To disable it, select Disabled and then click the OK button.

I hope this guide, “How to Enable or Disable Built-In Administrator Account,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.