Windows 8 comes with a simple administrative user by default. The administrator account used to have all the privileges in Windows XP or earlier Operating Systems. Microsoft changed this in Windows 7 and Windows 8 due to security reasons. Now a user can select a username of his own choice and be rather a limited administrator of the computer.
Using administrative mode in limited privileges can be beneficial to the user as if there is any security threat to the system due to any virus or Trojan, it will not be able to execute the threat using administrative privileges.
While it is always recommended not to use the original administrator account regularly, there are times when you will need to enable the administrator account in Windows 8 especially when no other account is working.
Here are some ways by which you can enable super administrator account in Windows 8.
Using Command prompt
To enable administrator account in Windows 8 using command line, follow the steps below:
- Open command prompt with administrative privileges (Windows Key + X + A)
- Run the following command:
net user administrator /active:yes
- You can also disable the administrator user by issuing the following command:
net user administrator /active:no
Once the account is activated, you will see it in the list of user accounts for logging into the system.
Using Group Policy Editor
To enable or disable administrator account in Windows 8 using Group Policy, follow the steps below:
- Open Group Policy Editor by going to Run –> gpedit.msc
- Go to the following:
Computer Configuration –> Windows Settings –> Security Settings –> Local Policies –> Security Options
- Enable or disable the following option from the right hand pane:
Accounts:Administrator account status
Using Computer Management
You can also enable or disable the Administrator account using the user management console. Here are the steps involved:
- Go to Run –> control userpasswords2
- Go to Advanced tab –> Click on Advanced button
- Under Users, open Administrator properties and uncheck “Account is disabled”
If you know of any other method of enabling or disabling the hidden administrator account in Windows 8, please let us know through comments.