Windows Vista and Windows 7 both contain a built-in administrator account, which is disabled by default. You can activate this administrator account through the command prompt, using a command that works for both OS versions. The account contains full administrative privileges over your computer, so it’s a good idea to set up a password soon after the system has been activated.
Type "cmd" (without the quotation marks) in the search box at the bottom of the Start menu. The menu will automatically display a list of search results.
Right-click "Command Prompt" in the search results and select "Run as Administrator." If you have User Account Control enabled, click "Continue" when prompted.
Type the following command into the Command Prompt window exactly as it appears:
net user administrator /active:yes
Press "Enter." The administrator account will be enabled. You can log into the account by logging out of your current account and selecting "Administrator" from the login screen.
Tips & Warnings
- To set up a password to keep your account secure, launch the Control Panel from the Start menu. Click "User Accounts" and select "Create a Password for Your Account." Enter your password and password hint into the text boxes and click "Create Password."
- You may wish to write down the password and store it in a safe place, and/or give special attention to choosing a good password hint. If you forget the administrator password, it is next to impossible to recover!
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