This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to enable the Windows 10 built-in administrator account from the command line.

All Windows 10 computers come with a hidden built-in administrator account. This account is disabled by default. When you are setting up a new computer, you are asked to create a user account. The first account you create will be added to the admin group.

These administrator accounts have complete control of files, directories, services, and other resources on the local computer. In practice, the administrator account has complete control of everything on the system.

The administrator account that you create as full control, but with UAC control protection. It is a way to provide some safety measures and protection before committing a mistake. It makes you think twice UAC Confirmation signal before executing the action.

When you are logged in with the built-in administrator account, you can run the command, change the system settings and will not be prompted by UAC.

Using a built-in administrator account to manage your system can be dangerous. In most cases, you will not get a chance to confirm that you want to execute certain tasks before executing them, even if the command causes damage to the system.


To enable the built-in administrator account, follow the steps below:

Enable Built-in Administrator Account

To enable the built-in administrator account from a command line prompt, open it as an administrator as shown below in the image.

When the command prompt opens, run the commands below to enable the built-in administrator account in Windows 10.

net user Administrator /active:yes

After running the command, you should get the same success message as given below.

However, this will enable the account, however, unless you know the password, you will not be able to login with it.

To enable the built-in administrator account and create a new password for it, run the following command:

net user Administrator type_strong_passwore_here /active:yes

Please type_strong_password_here The actual password you want to use with the administrator account.

With this, you should log out of your current account and login with the built-in administrator account that was originally disabled and hidden.

Disable built-in administrator account

If you want to disable the built-in administrator account, just run the commands below to do it from an advanced command prompt window.

net user Administrator /active:no

Running the above command will disable the underlying admin account and hide it from login windows as before.


This post shows you how to enable the built-in administrator account that comes with Windows 10. If you find an error, please use the comment form below to report it.