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

  1. #70


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I believe it's worth mentioning that you should replace "administrator" string with the word in the language displayed by Windows. For example, my Windows langugage is set as Portuguese Brazilian (PT-BR), so I had to replace "administrator" with "administrador", otherwise a "could not find username" error message will return on command prompt.

    I guess it's the same for other languages, so if the language is Italian, I believe you need to type "amministratore" instead.

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  2. #71


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Cássio,

    Agreed, and done.
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  3. #72


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1

    Impressive


    Thank you very much for your suggestion. It's helped me a lot. Hope, you guys go on like this.
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  4. #73


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Hi Brink,

    I am having trouble enabling built-in admin user. When I right-click start icon, I have Windows Powershell and same thing listed again with (Admin), so I use Windows Powershell (Admin) and run the command: net user administrator /active:yes...says completed but does not seem its enabled . Even after rebooting there is no changes in the listings when you right-click the start icon. In other words I should see "Run As Administrator", but its not there.

    Thanks,
    Jay.
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  5. #74


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Jay, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You can use an option in the tutorial below to open an elevated command prompt. Afterwards, try the command again. If successful, you should see "Administrator" on your sign in screen.

    Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8
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  6. #75


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks Brink, got it.

    But here is another scenario i'm baffled at....


    I had to delete my son's user account since he screwed up Firefox. Anyway, after I did that I got back in the administrator account and looked under c:\Users...and it's still there.

    I tried to delete the folder and the message box says Folder Access Denied. And inside the box say...you nee to provide administrator permission to delete.... So, I downloaded "Take Ownership" installed that and selected the folder ..right click.to delete...no surprise....still does not work!!! All this even IN the Admin account....Is this a Windows bug?

    Just to mention another thing...I went to systems properties, advanced...users and there my son's name is not there, but it only shows in the c:\users folder.
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  7. #76


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You should be able to delete the folder in a command prompt at boot if you like.

    Folder - Delete from Command Prompt - Windows 7 Help Forums

    If that doesn't help, then the free program Unlocker should help you delete it.
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  8. #77


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    The more I browse this forum, the more helpful things I find. Maybe someone should create a list of 'Useful and Sensible things to do when you first get your computer just in case' focussed on us non-techie users (i.e. the majority ).

    Anyway, back to the topic:

    I've decided it would be a good idea to change the name and password of the built in administrator account (which has never been enabled). I can see how to do most of this from the tutorials, but I'm not sure if this account already has a password associated with it or not. Is there any way to find this out?

    I've read the tutorial on changing passwords but I'm unsure if this would work to change the password on the built in Admin account.
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  9. #78


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hey Maggi,

    By default, the built-in Administrator account is not password protected.

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

    After you have enabled the built-in "Administrator" (or new name) and signed in to it, you can create a password for it.

    Password - Create for User Account in Windows 8
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  10. #79


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Thanks Shawn, will give this a go.

    I was reading a thread on here from someone who said he (I feel sure it's a 'he') told everyone he knew to always use the built in admin account and delete all others on the computer. And there's no automatic password protection on it - doesn't bear thinking about.
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