Windows 10 also has a hidden administrator account. How to unlock it in just a few simple steps.
How to enable the hidden administrator account in Windows 10
Like the previous versions, Windows 10 also has an administrator account, which is hidden by default and not activated. The administrator account can be used, for example, to change system files, install older drivers (which require more system rights) or programs without warning messages. The administrator account ultimately allows full access to the operating system – with full system rights.
Including all associated dangers. It should therefore only be used in absolutely exceptional cases. And only from users who really know what they are doing.
The tip works under all Windows 10 versions.
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The administrator account can be activated in the computer management under Windows 10 Pro
Activate Windows 10 Pro Admin Account
In Windows 10 Pro, the administrator account can be activated via the computer management. Right-click on the Start button or press the combination “Windows” + “X” on your keyboard. Now select the entry “Computer Management” in the context menu.
In the “Computer Management” window, click in the left-hand area under “System” on “Local users and groups” and then on “Users”. In the main area then double-click on “Administrator”. In the new “Administrator Properties” window, remove the check mark next to “Account is deactivated”.
Windows 10: Activation of the administrator account via the command prompt
Activate Windows 10 Home Admin account
The entry does not exist in the computer management under Windows 10 Home. Here you have to take the detour via the command line. Of course, the detour also works under Windows 10 Pro. To activate the administrator account, call up the command prompt (administrator) or Powershell (administrator) in more recent Windows 10 versions after pressing the “Windows” key + X. Enter the following command there:
net user administrator / active: yes
net user administrator [passwort]
you can also protect the admin account with a password. Replace in the process [passwort] simply with the desired password.
Windows 10: Use an admin account
As soon as you have activated the administrator account, you can use the new account with the user name “Administrator” to log on to the Windows 10 computer as such. If you have protected the admin account with a password, you will have to enter the specified password when logging in.
If you no longer need the administrator account, you can deactivate it again in the command prompt (administrator) after entering the following command:
net user administrator / active: no
Windows 10: Internal admin account helps if you’ve forgotten your Windows password
The internal administrator account of Windows 10 can also be helpful if you have forgotten your Windows password and locked yourself out with it. In this post we explain how to do this.