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Hidden Administrator Account

Every once in awhile we'll come across a Windows user that is having trouble installing or uninstalling Virtual TimeClock. They'll be logged in as an administrative user, but still be denied access to delete or replace certain files or folders. In Windows Vista, 7, and 8, there's a built-in Administrator account that's hidden by default. If you're troubleshooting something that needs to run as an elevated administrator, you can enable this account with a simple command. It's a handy tool, but should only be used when needed.

Enable Built-in Administrator Account:
Go to Start and All programs, in Accessories right click Command Prompt and choose “Run as administrator”. Type the following:

net user administrator /active:yes

You'll see a message that the command completed successfully. Log out and now you'll see the Administrator account as a choice. There's no password for this account. Since this account has full unrestricted access rights and permission on the computer, you should now be able to complete the tasks that you were prevented from doing before.

Disable Built-in Administrator Account:
You'll need to log in as your regular user account first. Then go to Start and All programs, in Accessories right click Command Prompt and choose “Run as administrator”. Type the following:

net user administrator /active:no

The built-in administrator account will now be disabled.