Access to Administrator Account Disabled in Windows 7 – How to fix it?

Are you unable to access the Administrator account in Windows 7? Most probably you might have disabled the Admin account or may be due to the default setting in the windows operating system it has been disabled. Prior to other versions of windows, the admin account is created in Windows 7 or Vista, but since it is not enabled you are unable to use it. If you are troubleshooting something that needs to run as administrator, you can enable it with simple commands discussed below in this tutorial.

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In order to protect the files and folders saved on the computer from being hampered or altered by the other user on the computer, the built-in Administration is kept hidden. The built-in Administrator account is an account that has full unrestricted access and permission on the computer, and will not be prompted by User Account Control (UAC).

Enable Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 7

  • Click on Start and then select All Programs and then accessories, then command prompt. Right click on it and “Run as administrator” or use the Ctrl+Shift+Enter shortcut from the search box.

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  • When the command prompt window appears type the following command: net user administrator /active:yes

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  • On typing the command, a message appears relating the command completed successfully. Now, Log out and you will see the Administrator account as a choice on the startup screen.


Enable the Administrator through Local Users and Groups

You can also enable the Admin through Local Users and Groups.

  • Go to start and open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on the Administrative Tools icon.

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  • Close the Control Panel window.
  • On the Administrative Tools, click on the Computer Management icon.

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  • If prompted by UAC (User Account Control), click on Yes.
  • Close the Administrative Tools window.
  • In the left pane of Computer Management, double click on Local Users and Groups.
  • Open the Local Users and Groups manager.
  • To the left pane, click on the Users folder.
  • In the middle pane, right click on Administrator and click on Properties.

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  • To Enable the Built-in Administrator Account, uncheck the Account is disabled box and click OK.
  • To Disable the Built-in Administrator Account, check the Account is disabled box and click OK.

 Enable Administrator through Local Security Policy

Another method to enable the Administrator is through Local Security Policy.

  • Open the Start menu, and type secpol.msc in the search box below the start menu and press Enter. This file is located at C:\Windows\System32\secpol.msc. Or open the Control Panel (All Items view), and click on the Administrative Tools icon. Close the Control Panel window and double click on Local Security Policy to open it. If prompted by UAC, click on Yes.
  • Open the Local Security Policy editor.
  • In the left pane, expand Local Policies, and click on Security Options.

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  • In the right pane, right click on Accounts then Administrator account status and click on Properties.
  • To Enable the Hidden Built-in Administrator Account, select (dot) Enabled and click OK.

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  • To Disable the Hidden Built-in Administrator Account, select (dot) Disabled and Click on OK.
  • Close the Local Security Policy window.

Finally, log out from the local security policy and you will be able to see the built-in Administrator account log on icon added on the start up screen.

It is not recommended leaving the built-in Administrator account always enabled, or use it all the time for just every day purposes. Make your Admin account Password protected so that no outsider can have the right to delete or alter any of the files or folders on your computer. Upon following the above-mentioned steps you will be able to enable the built-in Administrator on your Windows 7.


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