How to Enable or Disable Built-In Administrator Account

Windows 10 has a built-in administrator account.

For security reasons, this local administrator account is disabled and hidden by default.

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

Activate or Deactivate 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 pop-up.

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.

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