How to Enable Built-in Administrator Account on Windows 8 [Quicktip]

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Like its predecessors, Windows 8 is still prone to attacks that would compromise its system. But Windows 8 has a backup method that will allow you to retain administrative rights. This account is an elevated local administrator account that has total control of your operating system‘s permission and access rights.

Enable Or Disable Built-in Administrator Account

Even in a compromised system, you can still run this account and authorize actions or programs in an already infected account. Consider this an emergency backup plan for when the unthinkable happens. Here’s how to enable your very own built-in administrator account on Windows 8 and 8.1.

Enabling Built-In Administrator account

Firstly, you need to open the command prompt with administrator rights. Just press the Windows key to open the metro interface and then type command prompt in the search box.

Search for CMD

Next, right-click on command prompt and Run it as administrator.

Run as Administrator

Copy this code net user administrator /active:yes and paste it in the command prompt. Then, press Enter to enable your built-in administrator account.

Enable Command Prompt

Once you’re done, you can access your built-in administrator account by logging off your current account anytime.

Login built-in administrator account

Do take note that you can’t change the name of the built-in administrator account; it will always stay as Administrator.

Disabling Built-in Administrator Account

Again, you have to open the command prompt with administrator rights. So, press the Windows key to open the metro interface and then and type command prompt in the search box.

Search for CMD

Next, right-click on command prompt and Run it as administrator.

Run as administrator

Open the command prompt with administrator right and type this code net user administrator /active:no in the command prompt. Then, press Enter to disable your built-in administrator account.

Disable Command Prompt

Conclusion

Once you have enabled your built-in administrator account, it is advisable to create a password for that account to prevent any unauthorized usage. You don’t have to use the administrator account as your main account. Having the built-in administrator account enabled in advance will help you regain control (and save) your system if it is one day, compromised.

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Nels Dzyre is a tech enthusiast from the age of dial-ups, an Android follower since we had Cupcake, and a gamer.

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