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    Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

    Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Built-in Elevated Administrator Account in Windows 10
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    How to Enable or Disable Built-in Elevated Administrator Account in Windows 10


    information   Information
    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the hidden built-in elevated Administrator account in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Note   Note
    User Accounts in Windows 10:

    standard user (Users) - The standard account is an unelevated restricted user account that can be a local account or Microsoft account. It can help protect your computer by preventing users from making changes to the system that affects everyone who uses the computer. When you are signed in to Windows with a standard account, you can do almost anything that you can do with an administrator account, but if a standard user tries to do something that requires elevated rights (ex: run as administrator), Windows will display a UAC prompt for the standard user to enter the password of an administrator account for approval and confirmation before allowing the action.

    administrator user - Is an unelevated administrator account that is created by default during the installation of Windows, or is already setup for you on an OEM (ex: Dell) computer. This account can be a local account or Microsoft account. An administrator account has complete access to the computer, and can make any desired changes. If an administrator user tries to do something that requires elevated rights (ex: run as administrator), Windows will display a UAC prompt for the administrator user to approve before allowing the action.

    Built-in "Administrator" - The hidden built-in elevated "Administrator account" is a local account that has full unrestricted access rights to the PC. By default, this "Administrator" account will not be prompted by UAC. Anything that runs while signed in to this "Administrator" account will also have full unrestricted access to the PC, so it is not recommended to use the built-in "Administrator" account for everyday usage. It's recommended to only use the built-in "Administrator" account as needed instead.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Elevated Command Prompt
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Local Users and Groups
    • Option Three: Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Local Security Policy
    • Option Four: Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Command Prompt at Boot


    EXAMPLE: Administrator enabled on Sign in and Switch User

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    Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Elevated Command Prompt

    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. Do step 3, step 4, or step 5 below for what you would like to do.


     3. To Enable the Built-in Elevated "Administrator" Account

    A) In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below, press Enter, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

    net user administrator /active:yes

    Note   Note
    If you had previously renamed the built-in "Administrator" account's name, then you will need to substitute administrator in the command below with the new name instead.

    If your Windows uses a different language than English, then you would need to substitute administrator in the command below with the translation for your language instead.


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     4. To Enable the Built-in Elevated "Administrator" Account with Password

    A) In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below, press Enter, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

    net user administrator password /active:yes

    Note   Note
    Substitute password in the command above with the actual password you want to use to sign in to the built-in Administrator account with.

    If you had previously renamed the built-in "Administrator" account's name, then you will need to substitute administrator in the command below with the new name instead.

    If your Windows uses a different language than English, then you would need to substitute administrator in the command below with the translation for your language instead.


     5. To Disable the Built-in Elevated "Administrator" Account

    A) In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below, press Enter, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

    net user administrator /active:no

    Note   Note
    If you had previously renamed the built-in "Administrator" account's name, then you will need to substitute administrator in the command below with the new name instead.

    If your Windows uses a different language than English, then you would need to substitute administrator in the command below with the translation for your language instead.


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    6. When finished, you can close the elevated command prompt if you like.






    Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Local Users and Groups

    NOTE: This option is only available in the Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 10.

    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 Administrator. (see sceenshot below)

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    3. Do step 4 or 5 below for what you would like to do.


     4. To Enable the Built-in Elevated "Administrator" Account

    A) Uncheck the Account is disabled box, click/tap on OK, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below step 6)

     5. To Disable the Built-in Elevated "Administrator" Account

    A) Check the Account is disabled box, click/tap on OK, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below step 6)

    6. You can now close Local Users and Groups if you like.

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    Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Local Security Policy

    NOTE: This option is only available in the Pro and Enterprise editions of Windows 10.

    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. (see screenshot below)

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    3. In the right pane of Security Options, double click/tap on Accounts: Administrator account status. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Enable the Built-in Elevated "Administrator" Account

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below step 7)

     6. To Disable the Built-in Elevated "Administrator" Account

    A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below step 7)

    7. You can now close Local Security Policy if you like.

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    Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Command Prompt at Boot

    NOTE: This option is good for when you are unable to sign in to Windows 10.

    1. Boot from your Windows 10 installation USB or recovery drive, and open a command prompt at boot (Shift+F10).

    2. In the command prompt, type regedit, and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 3)

    3. In the left pane of Registry Editor, click/tap on the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE key. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on File (menu bar), and on Load Hive. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Open the drive (ex: D ) that you have Windows 10 installed on, and browse to the location below. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: The drive letter (ex: C) will not always be the same at boot as it is from within Windows 10.

    D:\Windows\System32\config

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    6. Select the SAM file, and click/tap on Open. (see screenshot below)

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    7. In the Load Hive dialog, type REM_SAM, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    8. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate to and open the key below. (see screenshot below)


    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\REM_SAM\SAM\Domains\Accounts\Users\000001F4

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    9. In the right pane of the 000001F4 key, double click/tap on the F binary value to modify it. (see screenshot above)

    10. Do step 11 or step 12 below for what you would like to do.


     11. To Enable the Built-in Elevated Administrator Account

    A) In line 0038, change 11 to 10, click/tap on OK, and go to step 13 below. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: You would do this by clicking to the left of 11 to place the cursor there, press the Delete key, then type 10.
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     12. To Disable the Built-in Elevated Administrator Account

    A) In line 0038, change 10 to 11, click/tap on OK, and go to step 13 below. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: You would do this by clicking to the left of 10 to place the cursor there, press the Delete key, then type 11.
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    13. Close Registry Editor and the command prompt. (see screenshot below step 3)

    14. Click/tap on Continue to startup back in Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn




  1.    01 Aug 2015 #1
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    Thanks for the guide! it worked for me after i deleted my home user administrator account and could no longer log in during the log in screen. Thank you so much!
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  2.    01 Aug 2015 #2
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    Glad it could help, and welcome to Ten Forums.
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  3.    31 Aug 2015 #3
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    I can't get it to work because when i try and open "SAM", I get "This file is in use" and I have no idea how to close it.
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  4.    31 Aug 2015 #4
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    Hello ukcatsfan83, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Are you able to use one of the other options instead?

    If not, then be sure that you are booting from Windows 10 installation media (ex: USB) to open a command prompt at boot with instead.
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  5.    31 Aug 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello ukcatsfan83, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Are you able to use one of the other options instead?

    If not, then be sure that you are booting from Windows 10 installation media (ex: USB) to open a command prompt at boot with instead.
    I did get it to work using the Admin-cmd. .. BUT i noticed that I cannot use the Start Menu or any apps. . lol. . . . I decided to do a fresh install of Windows 10. . Is there any possible way of using the "hidden admin account" as my every day account to avoid all these errors?
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  6.    31 Aug 2015 #6
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    Windows apps (aka: modern apps) will not work in an elevated account like the built-in Administrator.
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  7.    31 Aug 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Windows apps (aka: modern apps) will not work in an elevated account like the built-in Administrator.
    That just sucks! lol I'm pretty techy, but sometimes i do run into some problems.
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  8.    06 Dec 2015 #8
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    Similar Issue Please Help


    Long story short, had windows tech support try to help with an issue, one of the guys deleted me as administrator, and now I can not regain administrator status. Bare in mind, I don't think I'm as Techy as you guys on here but I'm not a dummy.
    This tutorial states
    You must be signed in as an "administratorto be able to do the steps in this tutorial"

    -but what do I do if I can't sign in as administrator?
    -or how do I log in as administrator?
    -I dont even have a darn password as the administrator!!!

    lol anyway please help
    This is getting frustrating... grr windows 10
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  9.    06 Dec 2015 #9
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    Hello Smajor, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    You should be able to use OPTION FOUR to enable the built-in Administrator.

    Afterwards, sign in to the account, and change your other account to an administrator.

    Account Type - Change in Windows 10
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