Windows 7 has resemblance to its predecessor, Windows Vista, in many respects. Speaking of its security, the UAC is one of useful features that has mixed up reactions from Windows users when it was first introduced in Windows Vista. You can turn this off if you work on administrator account in Windows 7 but the administrator account is no where to be seen because it is not activated by default. This post will show you how to activate the account.
Please note before proceeding with the following steps, you don’t have actually to activate this account at all unless you need the administrator account for troubleshooting your Windows 7.
2 ways to enable hidden administrator account in Windows 7
- Command Prompt
- Local Security Policy
1. Command Prompt
First you need to run Command Prompt as an administrator. You can do that by right clicking on the command prompt in the program list and choose “Run as administrator”.
After that you only need to enter the simple command below to activate it.
net user administrator /active:yes
You can also specify your password for this particular account by using the following command
Net user administrator password
where you can replace “password” with your own password. You can see the account immediately after you logoff your Windows 7. In order to deactivate it, you can use the command below
net user administrator /active:no
This will effectively turn off the administrator account.
2. Local Security Policy
Another way of activating the administrator account in Windows 7 is via Local Security Policy. Type secpol.msc in the search bar and hit enter. After the Local Security Policy pops up, navigate to Local Policies-> Security Options where you can see an entry that reads Accounts: Administrator account. Double click the entry to enable it.