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Windows Vista hides the administrator account by default. This is done as a security measure. In this guide you’ll learn how to activate the administrator account in Windows Vista.

Enabling the Administrator Account

Vista Ultimate & Business Users

1. Press the Start button, right click on Computer, and select Manage

2. Click on Local Users And Groups

Activate the Administrator Account in Vista 1

3. Open the Users folder, right click on the Administrator account, and click Properties

Activate the Administrator Account in Vista 2

4. Now uncheck Account is Disabled and click OK

Note: To disable the account, follow the same procedure.

Vista Home Basic and Home Premium Users

  1. Press the Start button, type CMD, right click cmd.exe and click Run as administrator
  2. Type net user administrator /active and press Enter
  3. Type Exit and the administrator account will now be active

Note: To disable the account, follow the same procedure and replace the command in step 2 with the following: net user administrator /active:no



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63 thoughts on “Activate the Administrator Account in Vista [How To]”

  1. Andy Fetzko says:

    I have Vista home basic,I need to get to the microsoft update site to see what is available, just like in the XP version to see my update history,what I can download from custom downloads and what is available on the security/ critical updates how can I do this without messing up my computor.

  2. Andy Fetzko says:

    I have Vista home basic,I need to get to the microsoft update site to see what is available, just like in the XP version to see my update history,what I can download from custom downloads and what is available on the security/ critical updates how can I do this without messing up my computor.

  3. Andy Fetzko says:

    I have Vista home basic,I need to get to the microsoft update site to see what is available, just like in the XP version to see my update history,what I can download from custom downloads and what is available on the security/ critical updates how can I do this without messing up my computor.

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  7. Andreas says:

    Hi,

    My Administrator account was active for long time by using command

    C:>net user administrator /active :yes

    and I have created another “Standard Account/User”. Then, by mistake, I ran CMD with Run as Administrator, then I run this command:

    C:>net user administrator /active :no

    which it disabled the Administrator account. My question is: How to re-enable the Administrator, which when every time I entered the Administrator password as the account itself is not active.

    Br.

  8. Andreas says:

    Hi,

    My Administrator account was active for long time by using command

    C:>net user administrator /active :yes

    and I have created another “Standard Account/User”. Then, by mistake, I ran CMD with Run as Administrator, then I run this command:

    C:>net user administrator /active :no

    which it disabled the Administrator account. My question is: How to re-enable the Administrator, which when every time I entered the Administrator password as the account itself is not active.

    Br.

  9. Andreas says:

    Hi,

    My Administrator account was active for long time by using command

    C:>\net user administrator /active :yes

    and I have created another “Standard Account/User”. Then, by mistake, I ran CMD with Run as Administrator, then I run this command:

    C:>\net user administrator /active :no

    which it disabled the Administrator account. My question is: How to re-enable the Administrator, which when every time I entered the Administrator password as the account itself is not active.

    Br.

  10. crazy says:

    ya..
    have the same problem
    someone pls tell a solution

  11. crazy says:

    ya..
    have the same problem
    someone pls tell a solution

  12. crazy says:

    ya..
    have the same problem
    someone pls tell a solution

  13. Amezzi101 says:

     Hi

    I activated th administrator account and set my account as user account, I’ve never set a password to my administrator account and now every time i try logging on to the admin account it requires a password. What should i do? I don’t know the password, there weren’t any in the first place. I can’t run cmd as administrator because it need admin permission and that requires admin password aswell. please help :S

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