How to Enable the Local Administrator Account on Windows 7 Using the Command Line
Using the Command Line
By default, the administrator account on Windows 7, like Windows Vista, is deactivated. This may seem like a good option, however, there are situations when you will need to access the local Administrator account.
Here is how you can enable it using the command line. This is probably the easiest method.
Note: you must have administrator privileges to enable the account. Also associate a password to the account as soon as you activate it.
- Login to a created user account. Then click on the Start button and type CMD in the search bar.
- In the command line type “net user” (without quotations) and enter. This should display a list of accounts on the local computer. There may be several, depending on the vendor who sold you the machine but you should look out for the Administrator account.
- Once you’ve seen the available accounts that can be activated, type “net user Administrator /enable:yes” and enter.
A message should appear saying “The command completed successfully.”
If so then congratulations, you’ve just enabled the hidden administrator account. However, if it doesn’t then you may have skipped a step.