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Enable Disable the Local (Hidden) Administrator Account in Windows 7


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									 Administrator Account in Windows 7   by SusanAmi

                                  in Computers / Operating Systems
   (submitted 2011-05-11)

                             Ways to Enable / Disable the Built-In
Windows 7 Admin AccountMany people familiar with prior versions of
Windows are curious what happened to the Local Admin account that was
always created by default. Does this account still exist, and how can you
access it?Recently I ran into an awkward situation where after disjoining
a Windows 7 client machine from the domain, I was unable to log in to the
computer. This was not because I had forgotten the local administrator
password, but because the local admin account was disabled (which is the
default behavior in Windows 7). Like in Windows Vista, in Windows 7 the
built-in Admin's account is disabled by default. Furthermore, this
account is not associated with any password. After doing some research, I
found the following procedure that worked really well.Enable Built-in
Administrator AccountBasically there are 4 ways in order to activate the
account:A) Command PromptTo enable the built-in Administrator's account
by using the Command Prompt please follow these steps:1. First you'll
need to open a command prompt in administrator mode by right-clicking and
choosing "Run as administrator" (or use the Ctrl+Shift+Enter shortcut
from the search box)Run Command Prompt as Administrator2. After that you
only need to enter the simple command below to activate it.net user
administrator /active:yesenable hidden admin account3. You should see a
message that the command completed successfully. Log out, and you'll now
see the Administrator account as a choice.built-in windows 7
administrator accountYou'll note that there's no password for this
account, so if you want to leave it enabled you should change the
password.B) Local Security PolicyAnother way of activating the
administrator account in Windows 7 is via Local Security Policy.1. Type
secpol.msc in the search bar and hit enter.secpol2. 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.local security policyadministrator
account statusC) Using the Local Users and Groups Snap-inTo enable the
built-in Administrator's account by using the Local Users and Groups
snap-in please follow these steps:1. Open Local Users and Groups. You can
do so by typing lusrmgr.msc in the Start search box or in the Run command
and pressing ENTER. Or, you could open Computer Management by right-
clicking Computer in the Start menu and selecting Manage.2. Expand System
Tools > Local Users and Groups > Users.3. Right-click the
Administrator account and select "Set Password".4. In the"Set Password
for Administrator" click "Proceed".5. In the"Set Password for
Administrator" enter the Administrator's desired password twice, and
click "Ok".6. Next, enable the Admin's account. Right-click the
Administrator's account and select "Properties".7. Un-chek the "Account
is disabled" check-box. Click on the "Ok" button.Administrator's account
is now enabled and configured with a password.D) During the Installation
ProcessThere is a 3rd method which advanced users can use. This method
can be used during the installation process itself.1. During the
installation, after being prompted to configure the new user account, you
will be able to set the new account's password.2. At that phase, press
SHIFT and F10 keys together. A Command Prompt window will appear.3. In
the Command Prompt window, type:net userNote how the Admin account is
there, yet the new user account has not been yet created.4. To set the
Administrator's account password:net user *5. Then enter the required
password and confirm it.6. To enable the Administrator's accoun:net user
administrator /active:yes7. Close the Command Prompt window and continue
with the installation process.If you log off you will now see the
Administrator's account as a valid logon option.Disable Built-in
Administrator AccountMake sure you are logged on as your regular user
account, and then open an administrator mode command prompt as above.
Type the following command:net user administrator /active:nodisable local
admin accountThe administrator account will now be disabled, and
shouldn't show up on the login screen anymore.Hack into Windows 7
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