Enabling the hidden Administrator account in Windows Vista/7/8

The built-in administrator account (Administrator) of Windows Vista, 7, and 8 can be used instead of creating a custom administrator.

In an elevated prompt, issue the following command to activate Administrator:

net user administrator /active:yes

Likewise, the following command disables the account:

net user administrator /active:no

Opening an elevated prompt

To open an elevated prompt, open the start menu (in Vista and W7), type Command Prompt and open it with admin privileges by pressing CtrlShift-Enter. In W8, you need to right-click the start menu button and select the respective entry.


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