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Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

How to Enable or Disable Built-in Elevated "Administrator" Account Windows 8 and 8.1

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the hidden built-in elevated Administrator account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
Standard user (Users) - The standard account is an unelevated restricted user account then can be a local account or Microsoft account. It can help protect your computer by preventing users from making changes that affect everyone who uses the computer, such as deleting files that are required for the computer to work. It is recommend to create a standard account for each user instead of an administrator account for the user. When you are logged on to Windows with a standard account, you can do almost anything that you can do with an administrator account, but if a standard user wanted to do something that requires elevated rights that affects other users of the computer, such as installing software or changing security settings, Windows will give the standard user a UAC prompt to enter the password of an administrator account for approval and confirmation before allowing the action.

administrator user - Is an unelevated administrator account that is created by default during the installation of Windows 8 or 8.1, or is already setup for you on a OEM (ex: Dell) computer. This account can be a local account or Microsoft account. An administrator account has complete access to the computer, and can make any desired changes. To help make the computer more secure, this administrator account type will be prompted by UAC by default to give confirmation before allowed to make any changes that require elevated administrator rights. Such as those that affect the system, other users, or when running anything elevated (Run as Administrator) since running elevated will allow it to have access to the entire computer.

Built-in "Administrator" - Is the hidden elevated local administrator account that has full unrestricted access rights and permission on the computer. By default, this elevated "Administrator" account is not prompted by UAC by default to provide confirmation before allowed to make any changes that require elevated administrator permissions since it is an elevated account.

warning   Warning

  • You will not be able to open and run modern Store apps while signed in to the built-in Administrator account.
  • The built-in Administrator account is a local account that cannot be switched to a Microsoft account.
  • The built-in Administrator account's C:\Users\Administrator folder will not be created until the first time that it is signed into.
  • If you enable the built-in Administrator account, it is recommended that you create a password for it to help prevent unauthorized access of it.
  • For better security purposes, it is not recommended to leave the built-in Administrator account always enabled, or used for everyday purposes. The built-in Administrator account should only be used as needed instead.


EXAMPLE: Built-in "Administrator" Account Enabled in Windows 8
NOTE: This is for the Sign in screen and Switch User. If you do not see an option to select another user account at sign in, then click/tap on the back arrow button.

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Switch_User.jpg






OPTION ONE
To Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Command Prompt


1. Open an elevated command prompt, and do either step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Enable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8

A) In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below and press Enter, then go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

Note   Note
If you had previously renamed the built-in "Administrator" account's name, then you will need to substitute administrator in the command below with the new name instead.

If your Windows uses a different language than English, then you would need to substitute administrator in the command below with the translation for your language instead.




net user administrator /active:yes


CMD_Yes.jpg


3. To Disable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8

A) In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below and press Enter, then go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)

Note   Note
If you had previously renamed the built-in "Administrator" account's name, then you will need to substitute administrator in the command below with the new name instead.

If your Windows uses a different language than English, then you would need to substitute administrator in the command below with the translation for your language instead.




net user administrator /active:no


CMD_No.jpg



4. Close the elevated command prompt.

5. The built-in Administrator will now be available to select to sign into.






OPTION TWO
To Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Command Prompt at Boot

NOTE: This option is great for when you are unable to sign in to Windows 8.

1. Open a command prompt at boot.

2. In the command prompt, type regedit and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 3)

3. In the left pane of Registry Editor, click/tap on the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE key. (see screenshot below)

boot-1.jpg

4. Click/tap on File (menu bar) and on Load Hive. (see screenshot below)

boot-2.jpg

5. Open the drive (ex: D ) that you have Windows 8 installed on, and browse to the location below. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The drive letter (ex: C) will not always be the same as it is from within Windows 8.

D:\Windows\System32\config


boot-3.jpg

6. Select the SAM file, and click/tap on Open. (see screenshot below)

boot-4.jpg

7. In the Load Hive dialog, type REM_SAM and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

boot-5.jpg

8. In the left of Registry Editor, navigate to and open the key below. (see screenshot below)


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\REM_SAM\SAM\Domains\Accounts\Users\000001F4


boot-6.jpg

9. In the right pane of 000001F4, double click/tap on F to modify it. (see screenshot above)


10. Do step 11 or 12 below for what you would like to do.


11. To Enable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8

A) In the 2nd column and 8th row, change 11 to 10, click/tap on OK, and go to step 13 below. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You would do this by clicking to the left of 11 to place the cursor there, press the Delete key, then type 10.

boot-8-enabled.jpg


12. To Disable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8

A) In the 2nd column and 8th row, change 10 to 11, click/tap on OK, and go to step 13 below. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You would do this by clicking to the left of 10 to place the cursor there, press the Delete key, then type 11.

boot-7-disabled.jpg


13. Close Registry Editor and the command prompt. (see screenshot below step 3)

14. Click/tap on Continue to Windows 8, or restart the computer. (see screenshot below)

boot-9.jpg


16. The built-in Administrator will now be available to select to sign into.






OPTION THREE
To Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Local Users and Groups

NOTE: This option is only available in the Windows 8/8.1 Pro and Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise editions.

1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type lusrmgr.msc and click/tap on OK.

2. In the left pane, click/tap on the Users folder, then in the middle pane, double click/tap on Administrator. (see sceenshot below)

lusrmgr.msc-1.jpg

3. Do step 4 or 5 below for what you would like to do. (see sceenshot below)

lusrmgr.msc-2.jpg


4. To Enable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8

A) Uncheck the Account is disabled box, click/tap on OK, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below step 3)

5. To Disable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8

A) Check the Account is disabled box, click/tap on OK, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below step 3)

6. Close the Local Users and Groups window. (see screenshot below step 2)

7. The built-in Administrator will now be available to select to sign into.





OPTION FOUR
To Enable or Disable Built-in Administrator in Local Security Policy

NOTE: This option is only available in the Windows 8/8.1 Pro and Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise editions.

1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type secpol.msc and click/tap on OK.

2. In the left pane, click/tap on the Local Policies folder to expand it, and click/tap on the Security Options folder. (see screenshot below)


secpol.msc-1.jpg

3. In the right pane of Security Options, double click/tap on Accounts: Administrator account status. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do. (see sceenshot below)


secpol.msc-2.jpg

5. To Enable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below step 4)


6. To Disable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8

A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below step 4)



7. Close the Local Security Policy window. (see screenshot below step 2)

8. The built-in Administrator will now be available to select to sign into.





That's it,
Shawn


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Nar, you should never use the built-in Administrator for everyday usage for security purposes. It should only be used as needed.
 

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SaggyMaggyPoo

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Hey Maggi,

To rename built-in "Administrator" account:
Built-in Administrator Account - Change Name - Windows 7 Help Forums

Hi Shawn,

I've just had a look at the W7 tutorial to change the built in admin account name and I am unable to use Options 2 or 3 with my version of Windows (not Pro or Enterprise). You mention this in the Enable/Disable tutorial but maybe missed mentioning it in the renaming one?

I know I should post it on that tutorial but don't want to join W7 forum just to do this :).

So as I want to rename the folder also I assume Option 1 is the only one to choose and that I can only change the name AFTER enabling the account?
 

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SaggyMaggyPoo

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No problem. I just added OPTION FOUR in the tutorial below that you can use to rename it with. :)

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/8782-user-account-name-change-windows-8-a.html

Thanks Shawn,

This also renamed the folder, which I hadn't expected. Saved me working through that long tutorial to rename the folder though :D

So my built in admin account is now renamed and password protected :dinesh:and I can tick another thing off the list.

The only glitch was when I logged onto the account again to check the password was okay. I swiped to the right and clicked Settings and the screen went blank and everything froze. After waiting a while I used Alt Ctrl Del to check Task Manager but nothing seemed untoward there so used Alt Ctrl Del again and chose to log out. But this hung and I ended up powering down (shouldn't those autoend task etc. routines have cut in here??).

The paranoid part of me wonders whether I should do a System Restore and start again, just in case anything went wrong??

That aside; now the account is renamed and password protected, is it okay to keep it enabled? Or is it best to disable it and just enable when/if needed?
 

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For better security, it would be better to disable the built-in Administrator and only enable it as needed. You'll need to use the new name instead of "Administrator" when you enable it next though.

Does the built-in Administrator account work fine now?
 

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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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SaggyMaggyPoo

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For better security, it would be better to disable the built-in Administrator and only enable it as needed. You'll need to use the new name instead of "Administrator" when you enable it next though.

Does the built-in Administrator account work fine now?

Yes, it seems to be fine now Shawn. I just get this thing occasionally where everything freezes and I have to power down. I think it may be IE related but never been able to really pin it down. I suspect the main thing it does is leave me with a bad block from the power down.

On the built in admin account I have an icon for Mcafee which I uninstalled from this laptop months ago but I checked and Mcafee isn't there as a program, nor are there any rogue files hanging around so I'll just leave it be for now, and delete the icon if I remember when I next use the account.

And I will disable the account until I need it.

On the Programs and features there is a feature called Powerful Uninstall (or something similar that suggests it is better than normal). I don't have this on my normal admin account. Is it something useful to know about?
 

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My Computer

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    Shawn Brink
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
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SaggyMaggyPoo

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"Powerful Uninstall" appears to be part of a 3rd party "IObit Uninstalled" program.

IObit Uninstaller, Uninstall Tool, Advanced Uninstaller - IObit

That's interesting Shawn. I do actually have the Advanced System Care product installed, and the uninstaller is part of this suite as well as a standalone download. I had no idea that it had installed this into the built in admin account though.

I am planning to uninstall the main product as I don't like the fact that it makes some of its functions the default without asking, but I do quite like the uninstaller and had been wondering about keeping that even though I rarely use it.
 

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    Dell Inc. 0010T1 A00
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    Intel HD Graphics 4000
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    Realtek HD Audio & Intel Display Audio
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    TOSHIBA MQ01ABD050 [Hard drive] (500.11 GB)
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MaGlCMaN

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Sorry if this should be obvious but, if I were to enable the built-in administrator account, will it be its own separate "fresh" account that no longer has all of my desktop icons, internet browser bookmarks, etc? And if so, then is there a way to instead upgrade my current account to the same status as the built-in administrator account? I know its not safe to use the built-in administrator account as my main account but I'm willing to take the risks as long as they're not a lot more threatening than I think.
 

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SaggyMaggyPoo

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My understanding is the built-in admin account is definitely a separate account, and there are some things you can't do when using it (like use store apps for example).

An ordinary admin account has essentially the same status, so making your own account an admin one ought to give you what you need.
 

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    1.80 gigahertz Intel Core i5-3337U
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    Dell Inc. 0010T1 A00
    Memory
    8gb
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    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio & Intel Display Audio
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    TOSHIBA MQ01ABD050 [Hard drive] (500.11 GB)
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    Not employed but too young to retire yet
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    Additional fan
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Sorry if this should be obvious but, if I were to enable the built-in administrator account, will it be its own separate "fresh" account that no longer has all of my desktop icons, internet browser bookmarks, etc? And if so, then is there a way to instead upgrade my current account to the same status as the built-in administrator account? I know its not safe to use the built-in administrator account as my main account but I'm willing to take the risks as long as they're not a lot more threatening than I think.

Hello MaGICMaN, and welcome to Eight Forums.

As Maggi posted, the built-in Administrator account is indeed a separate account. This is a local elevated account that it and everything running (ex: malware) while signed in to the account has full unrestricted access to everything on the PC. This is a security risk, and is why it's not recommended to use the built-in Administrator as an everyday account. Another downside, Store apps will not run in elevated accounts.

If your current account is an administrator type, then it is considered an unelevated administrator account. However, anything that requires elevation (Run as administrator) to run or open, you will just get a UAC prompt to approve to do so.

You could make all administrator accounts on the PC to be elevated accounts, but they will not be able to open Store apps.
 

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System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Name
    Shawn Brink
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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    us oklahoma

MaGlCMaN

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Well, here's the deal. I have a program that's directory is located in Program Files (x86) -- nothing out of the ordinary, right? Well, often times I need to create new files in a certain subfolder of said program's directory, however, Windows won't let me do it for some reason. Says I need to contact the administrator or whatever, even though my account is Administrator. I've turned the UAC settings all the way down and unchecked the Read Only option in the folder, but still get the message. I guess there's not a way to elevate my account without exposing it to security risks, huh? I also have another program I use a lot that won't work correctly unless I right click and open it "as Administrator" which is a pain. Is there anything I can do?
 

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By default, Windows will not let you save directly into system folders.

Does the program have an option to let you save these new files in a folder within one of your libraries or user folders?

If not, then you might see if changing the owner of that folder to be your account, and set permissions to "allow" your account "full control" of the folder may let you.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorial...le-folder-drive-registry-key-windows-8-a.html

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorial...low-deny-access-users-groups-windows-8-a.html
 

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MaGlCMaN

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Thanks for your help. I'm trying to go by the "Permissions - Allow or Deny Access to Users and Groups in Windows 8" link you posted, and I have a question. When I go to type this command: icacls "full path of folder or drive" /grant "user name or group":switch /T ..what exactly do I put for my user name? I can go to C:\Users and see one there, but when I go to the Control Panel and look in the User Accounts there, it shows that my user name is something different. I assume that the one in C:\Users is the "true" name and is the one I should put but I just want to make sure. Thanks again.
 

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Using Option 4 to change owner and Option 2 for permissions would be the easier way of doing it.
 

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Phaedra

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Since there is no elevated Command Prompt on my version of W8, just the regular window - how do I run it as "Run As Administrator?"
 

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malamadre

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Hi!

First I must admit that I haven't read all the thread so I'm sorry if you already answered this question.

I can't use option 1 since it requires admin privileges that I don't have. I tried to do the second option while logged in as "Guest", but it's also requires admin privileges. Maybe it works better if I boot the computer with a cd and start cmd like that?
But I would like to not do it, since it's not my computer and the user is always logged in, it would be obvious that I have done something if the user isn't logged in when he come back.

Is there any way that I can use to enable the built-in administrator, from a guest account? Or is there another way from an guest account to gain access to the files in the admin account?

Thanks a lot for a good guide!
 

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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master
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    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
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    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
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