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Hidden Windows Administrator Account

June 12, 2014

Every once in awhile we hear from 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 there is 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:

  1. Click the Windows Start button
  • Windows 10: type "command"
  • Older Windows: select All Programs and choose Accessories
  1. Right-click Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
  2. Type the following: net user administrator /active:yes
Enabling Windows hidden administrator account in command prompt

If the text above is entered correctly, you will see a message that the command completed successfully. Log out of your current Windows account you will see the Administrator account as a logon choice. There is 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:
Once you are finished making changes, it's important to disable this admin account so that it is not used accidentally.

  1. Log out of the administrator account and login to your regular Windows account.
  2. Follow the steps above to open Command Prompt.
  3. Type the following: net user administrator /active:no

The built-in administrator account will now be disabled.

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