How to Set Up a Computer With Administrator Privileges


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.

  • Click "Start."

  • 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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