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How to Enable or Disable the Built-in Elevated "Administrator" Account Windows 7

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Windows 7 system has a default administrator account that is created during the installation of Windows 7. Log as built-in admin account you will have complete access to the computer and can make any desired changes such as reset forgotten Windows 7 password for other accounts and will not be prompted by UAC.

By default, the built-in administrator account is named Administrator, and is disabled. In this article, we will introduce 3 methods for you to enable or disable the hidden/built-in elevated Administrator account in Windows 7.

NOTE: An Administrator account with a blank password is a security risk. If you enable the built-in Administrator account, it is recommended to create a password for it to help keep it secured.
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Method 1: Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator through Computer Management Console

You can easily enable Windows 7 built-in administrator through Computer Management Console. But this method only applies to Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.

  • Right-click on the Computer icon on your desktop and select Manage as shown in the image below. enable built-in administrator account in windows 7
  • The Computer Management screen will now open. Expand the System Tools folder, then the Local Users and Groups folder, and finally single-click on the Users folder. In the right hand pane you will now see a list of the accounts on your computer, including the Administrator account.
  • Right-click on the Administrator account and click on the Properties menu option and the Administrator Properties screen will now open. disable built-in administrator account in windows 7
  • To Enable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 7, uncheck the Account is disabled box, click on OK.
  • To Disable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 7, check the Account is disabled box, click/tap on OK. enable hidden administrator account in windows 7
  • Close the Local Users and Groups window.

Method 2: Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator through Elevated Command Prompt

To enable the built-in Administrator's account by using the Command Prompt, you can follow steps below:

  • Click Start and type CMD, then press Enter. It is best to run the Command Prompt as an Administrator. To do so, right click CMD and select "Run as Administrator".

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  • To Enable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 7, copy and paste the command below and press Enter.

    net user administrator /active:yes

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  • To Disable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 7, copy and paste the command below and press Enter.

    net user administrator /active:no

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  • Close the elevated command prompt.

Method 3: Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator through Local Security Policy

  • Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type secpol.msc, press Enter.
  • In the left pane, expand Local Policies, and click on Security Options.
  • In the right pane, right click on Accounts: Administrator account status and click on Properties. turn on windows 7 default administrator account
  • To Enable the Hidden Built-in Elevated Administrator Account, select (dot) Enabled.

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  • To Disable the Hidden Built-in Elevated Administrator Account, Select (dot) Disabled.

That's for how to enable or disable the built-in Administrator account in Windows 7. For Windows 8/8.1, you can read another article - how to enable or disable the hidden built-in Administrator account in Windows 8 and 8.1.

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