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    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Built-in Elevated Administrator Account in Windows 10
    Published by Category: User Accounts
    07 Dec 2019
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    How to Enable or Disable Built-in Elevated Administrator Account in Windows 10


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

    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 enable and 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 Elevated PowerShell
    • Option Three: Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Local Users and Groups
    • Option Four: Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Local Security Policy
    • Option Five: Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Command Prompt at Boot



    EXAMPLE: Administrator enabled on Sign in and Switch User
    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-administrator_sign-in_screen.jpg Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-administrator_switch_user.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Elevated Command Prompt


    You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.


    1 Open an elevated command prompt.

    2 Do step 3 (enable), step 4 (enable with password), or step 5 (disable) 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

    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.

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-enable_built-in_administrator_cmd.jpg

     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

    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

    This is the default setting.

    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

    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.

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-disable_built-in_administrator_cmd.jpg

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






    OPTION TWO

    Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Elevated PowerShell


    You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.


    1 Open an elevated PowerShell.

    2 Do step 3 (enable) or step 4 (disable) 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 5 below. (see screenshot below)

    Enable-LocalUser -Name "Administrator"

    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.

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-enable_built-in_administrator_in_powershell.png


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

    This is the default setting.

    A) In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below, press Enter, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

    Disable-LocalUser -Name "Administrator"

    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.

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-disable_built-in_administrator_in_powershell.png

    5 When finished, you can close the elevated PowerShell if you like.






    OPTION THREE

    Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Local Users and Groups


    You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

    The Local Users and Groups is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education 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 Administrator. (see sceenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-built-in_administrator_lusrmgr-1.jpg

    3 Do step 4 (enable) or step 5 (disable) 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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    OPTION FOUR

    Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Local Security Policy


    You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

    The Local Security Policy is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Six below.


    1 Press the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog, type secpol.msc into Run, 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)

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-built-in_administrator_secpol-1.jpg

    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.

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-built-in_administrator_secpol-2.jpg






    OPTION FIVE

    Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Command Prompt at Boot


    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).

    If you don't have a Windows 10 installation USB or recovery drive, then you can use OPTION SIX here to boot to Advanced Startup like in the screenshot below.

    Afterwards, continue to boot to a command prompt at boot.

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-advanced_startup_hard_restart-2.png

    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)

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-built-in_administrator_cmd_at_boot-1.jpg

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

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-built-in_administrator_cmd_at_boot-2.jpg

    5 In the Load Hive dialog, open the drive (ex: D ) that you have Windows 10 installed on, and browse to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    The drive letter (ex: C) will not always be the same at boot as it is from within Windows 10.


    D:\Windows\System32\config

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-built-in_administrator_cmd_at_boot-3.jpg

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

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-built-in_administrator_cmd_at_boot-4.jpg

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

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-built-in_administrator_cmd_at_boot-5.jpg

    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\Account\Users\000001F4

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-built-in_administrator_cmd_at_boot-6.jpg

    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 (Enable) or step 12 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     11. To Enable the Built-in Elevated Administrator Account

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

    You would do this by clicking to the left of 11 to place the cursor there, press the Delete key, then type 10.

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-built-in_administrator_cmd_at_boot-8.jpg

     12. To Disable the Built-in Elevated Administrator Account

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

    You would do this by clicking to the left of 10 to place the cursor there, press the Delete key, then type 11.

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-built-in_administrator_cmd_at_boot-7.jpg

    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)

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10-built-in_administrator_cmd_at_boot-9.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       #1

    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. Brink's Avatar
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       #2

    Glad it could help, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)
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  3. ukcatsfan83's Avatar
    Posts : 51
    Windows 10
       #3

    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. Brink's Avatar
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       #4

    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. ukcatsfan83's Avatar
    Posts : 51
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       #5

    Brink said:
    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. Brink's Avatar
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       #6

    Windows apps (aka: modern apps) will not work in an elevated account like the built-in Administrator.
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  7. ukcatsfan83's Avatar
    Posts : 51
    Windows 10
       #7

    Brink said:
    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. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #8

    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. Brink's Avatar
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       #9

    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.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/6...dows-10-a.html
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