In this post I am going to share some methods to enable administrator account in windows 7 . In windows XP (or before), administrator account was automatically enabled at the time of installation of Operating System, but in case of Windows Vista, 7 or 8 this feature is not auto enabled and we can say that administrator account is hidden in these latest operating systems.
What is Administrator Account in Windows?
An administrator account in Windows is different from a normal user account. It has more control and power for applying any changes in the system settings or we can say that an administrator account has all the access additionally which a normal user account does not have. In earlier editions of Windows before vista, the administrator account was self enabled but for making the operating system more secure, newer releases are having this feature hidden or disabled. So, a normal user will not be able to access all the controls.
Why Administrator Account is Required?
- Sometimes user like you or me require to modify any system file or apply some settings, which we are unable to do using our normal account; or there is a need to change some settings due to the requirement of a program to run which are not accessible using normal user account. So to make these changes, administration account is required.
How to Enable Administrator Account in Windows 7?
You can enable administrator account in Windows 7 using any of the following methods. Let’s have a look at these methods:
Enable Administrator Account in Windows 7 Using Command Prompt
To enable administrator account in Windows 7 or other latest versions using command prompt, look at the screenshot below and follow the instruction mentioned below:
- Run the command prompt (cmd.exe) as administrator (Right click on command prompt and click on “Run as administrator)”.
- Type the command:
net user administrator /active:yes
- Hit Enter and you will see a command line: “The command completed successfully.“
- Now, your administrator account is enabled. You may log in to administrator account by switching the user or logging out the normal user account.
- To disable it again input the below command:
net user administrator / active:no
- Always disable administrator account after being used.
Enable Administrator Account in Windows 7 Using Computer Management
Here is a screenshot of my desktop below:
- Right click on the Computer icon and go to Manage.
- It will open a new window named Computer Management.
- In left hand side there is an option of Local Users and Groups.
- In this tab select the Users panel. There you will see the administrator account’s option.
- Right click on the administrator and go to the properties.
- Uncheck the box Account is disabled.
- Apply the settings and you are done.
- You may undo it by again selecting the Account is disabled option and applying it.
Enable Administrator Account in Windows 7 Using Local Security Policy
In the below screenshot, Enabling administrator account using Local security policy is shown:
- Go to Run menu and enter secpol.msc.
- A new window named as Local Security Policy will be opened.
- Go to Local Policies.
- Go to Security Options.
- You may see first policy named as Accounts: Administrator account status which security setting is disabled.
- Right click on it and go to the properties of it.
- Switch the radio button to enabled and apply the settings.
- Administrator account is now enabled.
- It may be disabled again by switching it to disabled option again.
NOTE: All these methods may be used to enable or disable the administrator account; no matter which method is used to disable or enable it previously.
Let me know, if these methods worked for you. If you have any other ways or queries regarding this, use the comment box and discuss it.