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Enabling the built-in Administrator account in Windows 7

How To, security, Upgrading to Windows 7, Windows Features

Question

 

How can I enable the built-in Administrator account, so that I don’t constantly have to select “Run as Administrator” on programs I run frequently, or if I want to run automation without having to deal with the User Account Control prompts?

Answer

 

 

You should first understand that you are putting your computer at risk if you run under the built-in Administrator account.  This account is disabled by default in order to improve your computer’s security from malware.  If you just want to avoid the User Account Control prompts, you can change this setting easily by going to the Action Center, and clicking Change User Account Control settings.

 

 

 

If you still prefer to enable the build-in Administrator account, follow these steps:

 

 

 

  1. Click the Start button, and then type cmd in the search box.
    In the search results list, right-click cmd, and then click Run as Administrator.
  2. At the command prompt, type net user administrator /active:yes, and then press ENTER
  3. Type net user administrator <Password>, and then press ENTER.
        Note:  Please replace the <Password> tag with your passwords which you want to set to administrator account.
  4. Type exit, and then press ENTER. Log off the current user account. 

You should first understand that you are putting your computer at risk if you run under the built-in Administrator account.  This account is disabled by default in order to improve your computer’s security from malware.  If you just want to avoid the User Account Control prompts, you can change this setting easily by going to the Action Center, and clicking Change User Account Control settings.