Enable the Built-In Administrator Account in Windows Vista & 7

by Eric Geier [Published on 3 Jan. 2012 / Last Updated on 3 Jan. 2012]

By default the Administrator account is turned off, but you can enable it and set a password.

By default Microsoft has disabled the built-in Administrator account of Windows Vista & 7. However, if you’re managing multiple PCs you might want to enable this Administrator account so you can have local admin access on all the PCs with the same credentials.

You can enable this Administrator account via the Local Users and Groups snap-in:

  1. Click Start, type lusrmgr.msc and hit Enter.
  2. Open the Users folder, right-click the Administrator account, and select Set Password.
  3. Click Proceed.
  4. Enter the desired password twice, click OK, and then click OK again.
  5. Next, right-click the Administrator account and select Properties.
  6. Uncheck the Account is disabled check-box, and then click OK.

If desired, you can then hide this Administrator account from the login/welcome screen and then enable the login dialog instead of the welcome screen so you can manually type in the user account names.

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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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