How to enable or disable the Administrator Account in Windows 7 or Windows 8

Description: This article will show you how to enable or disable the hidden administrator account in Windows 7 or Windows 8.

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt.
    • In Windows 7, click Start, type cmd in the search box. Right-click on cmd from the results and select Run as administrator.
      Windows 7 Start Search Box, CMD, Run as Administrator
    • In Windows 8, hold down the Windows Key and press the X key to open the Power User Menu, and then click Command Prompt (Admin).
      Windows 8 Quick Access Menu, Commmand Prompt Admin
  2. From the command prompt, type net user administrator /active:yes and press Enter
    Command Prompt Window
  3. The Administrator account has now been enabled. Restart the computer and you will see the available account.
  4. If you wish to disable the Administrator account, repeat steps 1 and 2, but instead of active:yes, you will want to type active:no.
    Command Prompt Window