1.    20 Aug 2016 #1
    Join Date : Sep 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 10

    No Admin Login Option

    Per a new software's instructions, I have to log in to Win10 as an admin before installing. I went in to a command line to activate or enable the "Administrator" account. But, when I restart the computer, there is no "Administrator" login option. I can only login under my family account name. How can I login as Administrator when there is no option to select it?


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  2.    20 Aug 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 8,735
    Windows 10 Pro

    Windows has two different administrator account types, local administrator and built/in administrator which is a system account and has nothing to do with normal user accounts.

    When a pre/installed Windows is set up or you do a so called clean install installing Windows by yourself from an install media, the first, initial user account created will automatically be a local administrator account. All subsequent user accounts created on same PC will by default so called standard accounts, without local admin rights.

    See this tutorial for how to tell if your Windows 10 user account is a local administrator account or a standard account:Account Type - Determine in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    See this tutorial for how to change account type (local administrator / standard): Account Type - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    When software instructions ask you to log in as an administrator, they mean your normal local administrator account, not the Windows built-in administrator account which should only be used to specific tasks, and which a normal user usually never needs. Using myself as an example, my computer / Windows usage being extreme or as my ex-wife said "beyond healthy behaviour" , I cannot even remember when was the last time I have needed the built-in admin account.

    As per your software instructions, sign in using your local administrator account. If your account type is standard you need to sign in using another user account, a local admin.

    OK, then the failing built-in admin activation: are you sure you received "The command completed successfully" message:

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    The command to activate built-in admin does not work when given in normal Command Prompt:

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    It only works with an elevated Command Prompt (tutorial). When activated you should then see Administrator in Switch User dialog (click your avatar in Start):

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