If you are the only user using your Windows machine, then you are the administrator for your machine. But with the Windows operating system, there are so many little things that are hidden away and the Super Administrator account is one of them. And if you are wondering, the Super Administrator account is different from your current Administrator account, as it gives you much more permissions to change things in the OS. Of course Windows doesn’t call this a special account, but it sure gives you some extra privileges over the normal administrator account.
Some of the privileges include but aren’t limited to full administrator rights and override UAC (User Access Control), to do some over-the-top troubleshooting. So, if you ever want, here is how you can enable super administrator account in Windows.
Enable it Through Command Prompt
Enabling the super admin account using the command prompt is one of the easiest ways. To do that, search for the command prompt in the start menu, right-click on it and select the option “Run as administrator.” If you are using Windows 8, simply press “Win + X” and select the option “Command Prompt (Admin).”
Once the command prompt has been opened, enter the following command and press the Enter button.
Net user administrator /active:yes
As soon as you execute the command, the super administrator account is enabled, and you can access it by switching the accounts. If you want to password protect the super administrator account, then use the following commands. Don’t forget to replace “yourPassword” with the actual password.
Net user administrator yourPassword Net user administrator activate:yes
Once you are done playing with the super administrator account, it is always a good idea to disable it. To disable the super administrator account, use the below command.
Net user administrator /active:no
That’s all there is to do. You’ve successfully disabled the super administrator account.
Enable it Through Local Users and Groups
Note: to use this method, you need to have Pro or Enterprise versions of Windows as the basic version doesn’t have the required snap-in.
If you are uncomfortable using the Command Prompt, then you can do the same using the Local Users and Groups snap-in. To do that, press “Win + R,” type
lusrmgr.msc and press the Enter button.
The above action will open the Local Users and Groups window. Navigate to the Users folder, and you will find the user account named “Administrator” in the right pane. As you see, it is disabled by default (which is indicated by the little down arrow icon).
To enable the super administrator account, right click on it and select the option “Properties.”
Uncheck the checkbox “Account is disabled,” and click on the Ok button to save the changes.
That’s all there is to do. From this point onward, the Super Administrator account is enabled, and you can use it by switching the user account.
If you want to secure your Admin account with a password, then right click on the user account and select the option “Set Password.”
As you can see, the process to enable the super admin account is fairly simple, but be careful while using this account and disable it when you’ve finished using it.
Hopefully that helps, and do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above methods to enable super admin account in Windows.
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