Is there an easy way to activate built-in administrator? RRS feed

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  • Hi all;

    I'm trying to get access to the built-in "Super-Adminisrtator" account
    for my install of Vista Home premium. After reading the docs, I see that
    Microsoft elaborates upon two ways to do that:


    One way is to use MMC to access and modify the settings for
    "Local Users and Groups":
    Use the Local Users and Groups MMC console
    Change the properties of the Administrator account by using the Local
     Users and Groups Microsoft Management Console (MMC).

       1. Open the MMC console and select Local Users and Groups.
       2. Right-click the Administrator account and select Properties.
          The Administrator Properties window appears.
       3. On the General tab, clear the Account is Disabled check box.
       4. Close the MMC console.

    Administrator access is now enabled.

    Adding "Local Users and Groups" to MMC is not allowed in Vista Home Premium,
    so this approach cannot be used - so that's out.

    Another way is to use Windows System Image Manager to edit an XML answer file,
    giving it the details for activating the built-in administrator:

        * Use the AutoLogon unattended Setup setting

          You can enable the built-in Administrator account during unattended
           installations by setting the AutoLogon setting to Administrator in
           the Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup component. This will enable the
           built-in Administrator account, even if a password is not specified
           in the AdministratorPassword setting.

          You can create an answer file by using Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM).
           The following sample answer file shows how to enable the Administrator account,
           specify an Administrator password, and automatically log onto the system.


    The problem with that is that the System Image Manager is not issued with Vista,
    and has to be downloaded as a part of the Windows Automated Installation Kit
    (Windows AIK) - which is over 1 GB in size - that will take a while with my
    microwave connection.

     ... and then there is no guarantee that it will be successful.

    Is there a simple and reliable way to activate the built-in administrator account?


    Friday, February 6, 2009 6:57 AM



    Hi Wally9633, you can use CMD to enable administrator:


    Under the command prompt shell window, run the following command:


    net user administrator /active:yes


    Note: you may need to disable UAC or open elevated command prompt.


    Hope this helps!

    Sean Zhu - MSFT
    Monday, February 9, 2009 3:48 AM