When you install Windows 10 anew on a PC or run it for the first time if it comes pre-installed with the computer, you create the first user account during that process.This is the main account on the system and configured to be an administrator account by default, but it is not the only one that is created during that process.Windows 10 creates two additional user accounts automatically which are both inactive by default. They are:. Guest account. Administrator accountThe first is a guest account which Microsoft designed for users who access the device but don't have a permanent account on it.Guest accounts are severely limited as it is not possible to install software or hardware, or modify system settings. The administrator accountThe second account that you find preinstalled on any Windows 10 device is the Administrator account.It is also inactive by default and needs to be enabled before it can be used. While not required at all, it is often used for troubleshooting or administrative purposes when it is enabled.A core difference between the administrator account of the user and the built-in administrator account is that the former receives UAC prompts while the latter does not. The first user account that is created by the actual user of the system on first start is an unelevated administrator account while the built-in Administrator account an elevated account.It is relatively easy to enable or disable accounts on Windows 10 devices provided that you sign in with your admin account.
You cannot make user account changes if you sign in with a regular account and don't have access to an admin account on the system.The process involves running a series of commands from an elevated command line prompt. It is not possible to activate the default Administrator account on Windows 10 devices using the account related options found in the Settings application as default accounts are not listed there. Enable the Administrator accountTo enable the Windows 10 administrator account do the following (note: this works in older versions of Windows as well):. Tap on the Windows-key.
This should open the start menu or bring you to the Start Screen interface depending on how Windows 10 is configured on the system. Type cmd and wait for the results to be displayed. Right-click on the Command Prompt result (cmd.exe) and select 'run as administrator' from the context menu. Alternatively, hold down the Shift-key and the Ctrl-key before you start cmd.exe.
Run the command net user to display a list of all user accounts on the system. You should see Administrator listed as one of the accounts.
To activate the inactive administrator account, run the command net user administrator /active:yes. Windows returns 'The command completed successfully' if the operation was successful.
Check the spelling and that you are in an elevated command prompt interface if you get error messages. If you want to enable the guest account as well run the command net user guest /active:yesVerify that the account is activate by running net user administrator from the command line prompt. Check 'account active' to verify the status of the account. Change the password of the admin accountThe administrator account is active after you run the commands mentioned above which means that you can sign in to the system using it. It is not password protected by default which means that anyone with local access to the system can use it to sign in to it. While that is comfortable, it may also be a security risk.It is highly recommended to protect it with a password.
This can also be done on the command line:. Type net user administrator. and hit enter.
You get a password prompt. Type the desired password and again when you are asked to type it a second time for confirmation.Disable the administrator accountTo disable accounts at any time, use the following command:. On an elevated command prompt: net user administrator /active:noOther commands of interested are:.
Net user administrator - Displays information about the user account on the command line. Net user username /delete - Deletes username on the system. This does not work with built-in accounts.Tip: if you are running Windows 8, which walks you through the procedure on this version of Windows.Note: The following two methods work as well but they are only available on professional and Enterprise versions of the Windows 10 operating system. Using Local Users and GroupsWindows users who prefer to work on user interfaces instead of the command prompt may use the built-in tool Local Users and Groups to manage accounts. Activate the Start menu on the system. Type lusrmgr.msc and select the result that is returned to you. Left-click on 'Users' in the left sidebar.
You get a list of all accounts of the local system on the right. Right-click on Administrator and select Properties from the context menu. Remove the checkmark from 'Account is disabled' on the Administrator Properties window and click apply, then ok.The method activates the Administrator account on the Windows 10 machine. Using Security PoliciesThe second option to change the status of the built-in Administrator account on Windows 10 devices is to use Security Policies:.
Activate the Start Menu. Type secpol.msc and select the result to load the Local Security Policy. Go to Security Settings Local Policies Security Options. The policy 'Accounts: Administrator account status' determines whether the local Administrator account is enabled or not.
Check the 'Security Setting to see if it is disabled or enabled. Double-click on the policy and select 'Enabled' to enable the account. Select ok and close the Local Security Policy. I just copied and pasted someone’s complaint i read on here which is exactly my problem. I have tried all the possible solutions i saw here but to no avail.
It keeps asking for a password with no place to type in the password and i didnt create one when i made the default admin account. Please help me.‘Dear all,PLEASE HELP ME URGENTLY.I have got a new DELL LATTITUDE E5450 laptop with Windows 10 Preloaded.I have created an Admin user with Microsoft Login account. After doing all setups and encrypted with Bitlocker C & D drive,I have created one more standard user and by mistake disabled the Current User/Admin(Which is linked to Microsoft account), now left only one standard user available.I am not able do anything with standard user, asking Admin permission even install Crome.
Please help me how to resolve this issue.Also I have tried with below and find the attached screen shot of user listC:WINDOWSsystem32net user Admin /ACTIVE:YESSystem error 5 has occurred.Access is denied.C:WINDOWSsystem32 ‘. None of these fixes work. Somehow I got into where I could add permissions to different users and was able to give my user account administrative rights.
It took me 3 days then the command prompts worked. DISM sfc/scannow worked and I could run the command prompt as administrator. When I changed the permissions it took about an hour of pressing yes a thousand times but it worked and it didn’t cost me a dime. I reset the computer 8 times before I figured this out. I can’t remember how I got there though. I just messed with user accounts configurations and advanced did some right clicks and got to a point to where I could add users to the computer or network and was allowed to change permissions. Hopes this helps.
None have worked for my new LenovoThinkPad Other wise a great little product. I had a need to set up an Administer account. I searched read web articles, got ready and started through the very simple instruction set – nothing. Always ends with command or prompt line as my named user account. I just can’t see guest account or other account/Amin account. I really need that Admin.
Something seems to have happened again overnight. Any Ideas from Anybody?f there is a fix and it might be helpful for others – post it.Patti. Microsoft does this daily to create work for themselves overseas. They don’t care how good they have it. This is all coming from within cooperation. They have also cornered the market all together again.
Take the store off the corner and all you have is the corner!! This app and Windows 10 is a HUGE scam and every bodies so caught up in Facebook they don’t even see it.
No, this is going to sound insane but Microsoft are the ones scamming and wrecking people’s computers and it’s been happening from the inside walls of Africa, Australia, you name it. I know because I’ve watched it live before my eyes. They are so ballsy over there they are just smart mouthing off to me. They know the jobs are coming home, what do they have to loose. Think about it. Do you really think there going to take the store off the corner than just give everybody paradise again??
You’ll all see soon. Dear all,PLEASE HELP ME URGENTLY.I have got a new DELL LATTITUDE E5450 laptop with Windows 10 Preloaded.I have created an Admin user with Microsoft Login account. After doing all setups and encrypted with Bitlocker C & D drive,I have created one more standard user and by mistake disabled the Current User/Admin(Which is linked to Microsoft account), now left only one standard user available.I am not able do anything with standard user, asking Admin permission even install Crome. Please help me how to resolve this issue.Also I have tried with below and find the attached screen shot of user listC:WINDOWSsystem32net user Admin /ACTIVE:YESSystem error 5 has occurred.Access is denied.C:WINDOWSsystem32. Hello,I just had this similar problem. I have found that you need to type PowerShell into your Windows Search and run it.It will say: PS C:UserX or something similar.When it does type in: net user administrator /active:yes.(administrator is the account you want to have administrative access – or just administrator which is a default account)Once completed RESTART your computer.
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You should then find the administrator access/login on the bottom left hand of the login screen.Hope this helps!. The command prompt is a really powerful place for powerusers like myself and I love playing around in it. So here’s a few tips I have for any newbie in the command prompt.
If you where to type net users /? Or help you’ll end up with noting more then a few lines of information, to get the full rundown for each switch/command type the following:net help users = List available syntax for users same for every option available when using the Net command.Be careful when using the Password has I locked myself out of a few system over the years more working on peoples machines, so if you happen to change the account your using and can’t get back in, your going to need something like Ophcrack.Thanks for the Tip Martin.
I’ve been having problems with Windows 10 restarting into recovery, it says I have no administrator account when I try to select any options other then to reinstall a clean system of windows, but I would much rather be able to use start up repair or command prompt from recovery to remedy the issue. Is this because Windows 10 doesn’t start you with a administrator account? I only gave one account and it did allow me to run executables as administrator so I don’t understand why that account isn’t showingIts so obnoxious this is the second time its happened, this problem occurs out of no where. Is it because I used a Microsoft account rather than a local account after setup?I was able to refresh from a USB recovery but it still didn’t recover my installed programs do it was a bit of an annoyance.Also is there a way to create a restore disk with Windows 10 that backs up both system and programs so I don’t have to reinstall everything if this reoccurs?. Will doing this erase any data stored on the computer?I updated to Windows 10 a few days ago but now I have the “Automatic Repair” screen followed by a blue screen with options to troubleshoot, but there are no administrator accounts for me to select before I am able to make changes. Is this something that can be fixed without erasing all my files and programs?ThanksI’m expecting a call from “Level 2” Windows support in 3 freaking days.
This has made me hate Windows and all things Microsoft. Thank you so much! Cannot believe this simple fix worked! Meaning your explanation made this very user friendly!! I was able to add another user aa additional administrator.
Just curious why the lock down on this feature in Windows 10? Really not A benefit at all and pretty damn sneaky but not being upfront about it in the first place! Just another way they tried to get one by us!No telling how much they made by users sending their PC’s to Geek squad and people like them!Thank you again!. If you do not have administrator rights, you can’t get to an elevated command prompt.There is a way around this using the install dvd and editing the registry, 20 steps.WARNING! Don’t blame me if you f things up in your computer.
Do this at your own risk.Enableing Administrator account:1.) Boot your system from the windows 10 install DVD or install USB (mine is a usb).2.) Ignor language, time and keyboard fields and click next.3.) At the bottom of the next screen click “repair your computer”.4.) Click “Command Prompt”.5.) in the command prompt windows type regedit.6.) click HKEYLOCALMACHINE on the left of the screen.7.) click file, then load hive.8.) type%windir%system32configSAM into file name field. (security accounts manager).9.) Give the hive a name like “localsam” and remember it.10.) open HKEYLOCALMACHINE (click plus sign next to it).11.) open localsam or (what ever the name you gave it).12.) open sam.13.) open domains14.) open account15.) olen users16.) click 000001F417.) double click on the 11 that is on line 0038 and change it to a 10(DON’T CHANGE ANYTHING ELSE OR YOU WILL HOSE YOUR WINDOWS). 10 = ENABLE, 11=DISABLE.18.) on the left side scroll all the way back up to and click on localsam or (what ever the name you gave it).19.) click file, then unload hive.20.) done, close regedit and rebootNow that your administrator account is enabled, follow the instructions in this blog for reseting the password. I updated one of the company’s computer to Windows 10.
In Windows 7 we were able to sign in to the computer from a local admin account. The person, read user, that used the computer earlier had quit, and we did not her password. When updated to Windows 10, we did not anylonger had the choice to log in as local admin. After hours of seaching for a solutiuon, I found it here: You have to scroll all the way down until you find “NOTE: This option is good for when you are unable to sign in to Windows 10.”.
Thanks a lot Shawn!!. Hi Martin,Even though I have Windows 7, I figured this would work for me too, so I followed your steps and activate the admin user, and it worked just like a charm! That was awesome! Now, that got me thinking about those Windows 10 files that won’t let me uninstall them from programs and features, or completely delete them manually in the system 32 path, because it says I didn’t have sufficient rights. Do you think it could work now that I activated the admin user?
I even tried to go into the properties to take over the rights, but no-go again. Will this enable me to get rid of those files now? I don’t want Win 10 on my computer. If I missed someone else asking this then I apologize for asking it again. Thanks very much!. I got tired of using my Microsoft account (email) as my user name too. Here is what I did to get back to using a local uses name to login.
Windows key, then type on the search bar “manage your account”. There you will be able to choose how you login, with Microsoft account (email) or “Sign in with a local account instead”.Note: at the bottom of the “Your email and accounts” screen, you will see “Accounts used by other apps”, DO NOT REMOVE YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT, OR YOU WILL LOOSE ALL YOUR EMAIL AND ACCESS TO ANYTHING ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT. I loaded my system with local administrator and later signed-in to microsoft. Now when I want to open Lenovo OneKey Recover/backup up, I get this message that it’s blocked. I logged in with local administrator, and able to perform the app function.
The fear is, when I log in to my local administrator, the whole setting is factory default with no app installed, while the one that I’ve signed with microsoft is also administrator, but not able to run this app, while other apps I’ve installed. I want to create a recovery date to my microsoft account. Don’t know who to open that app in my microsoft account. And I tried all ways to delete my local account, but I am still seeing it, and have no option in my Windows 10 to delete it. Anyways to delete it.
Me pleaseI am using window 10 os. I use “netplwiz” run command to get information about my account. In this menu, Unfortunately I have removed my administrator account. Now, administrator account is not showing in switch user.To regain this account, I have used commamd prompt command ” net user administrator /active: yes”.
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This command is successfully running, but then also administrator account is not showing. What i should have to do. Please help me.How can i get my administrator account in switch user.Pleaseeeeeeee help meeeeee.I will very thankfull to you.
When you are on the login or welcome screen, the Administrator account is not an option by default in Microsoft Windows 10. You can enable this feature with the following steps.Method 1 – Via Command. Hold the Windows Key while pressing “ R” to bring up the Windows Run dialog box. Type: net user administrator /active:yes. Press “ Enter“.Replace “ yes” with “ no” to disable the admin account on the welcome screen.
Tried a few of the methods above. Denied or told to go to users. I’m already an administrator. A Microsoft rep said I have corrupted files and need to do a reset. Well, an earlier said one of the Updates was corrupt so the rep did new install of Windows 10.My touchscreen doesn’t work.
The HID files were erased. There’s nothing to update. Edge, Cortana and News can’t connect. Oddly, Update can.Computer is slow, including Gmail. The entire machine is slow.The last time I did a scannow a few months ago it was easy. Now none of the commands above work.
And there were no corrupt files.The second rep said I would have to re-format or install Windows erasing everything other than files. I have no DVDs for several of my important applications.Anyway, maybe you can advise me as to what to do, at least to get scannow to work. As I said, I’m already listed as administrator.Thanks.Brian Cook says. Method 1 – didn’t workMethod 2 – Says something about the Add-on not being available?Method 3 – Could only get up to the Winlogon Keythe other 2 weren’t in the registry.Method 4 – Using Home EditionIs there possibly a 5th Method? It’s on a laptop with eMMC storage. I did a reset but retained the users’ documents, files, etc. But now when I go to log in the annoying Administrator account is always present and I have no idea what the password is because I never set up an Admin account.
How can I get it to where the users’ account is the only one at startup? Factory reset?.says.