Enable the Built-In Windows 7 Administrator Account

by Eric Geier [Published on 6 July 2011 / Last Updated on 2 July 2010]

Enable the default Administrator account and set a password.

Like with Windows Vista, there’s a built-in Administrator account that’s installed with Windows 7. By default it’s disabled and not password protected. However, there might be a time when you want to use this account. Here’s how to set a password and enable it:

  1. Click Start, right-click Computer and select Manage.
  2. On the Computer Management window, click System Tools > Local  Users and Groups > Users.
  3. Right-click the Administrator account and select Set Password.
  4. Click Proceed.
  5. Enter the Administrator's desired password twice, and click OK.
  6. Now to enable the Administrator's account, right-click the Administrator's account and select Properties".
  7. Un-check the Account is disabled check-box.
  8. Click OK.

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