Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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Steps To Enable Built-in Administrator Account In Windows 8

When we used to work on Windows XP, we will be having a build in Administrator Account. And in fact it is mandatory that we create a Administrator Account by default while installing Windows XP.

What it means is, when we can able to login to Administrator Account, it is understood that we have all rights on the System and to do everything that can be possibly done with Windows.

The administrator account used to be there in plain sight and we could use it right form the installation as the default account without needing any special tweaks.

However, with the advent of Windows Vista, came the User Account Control with better restrictions to avoid any glitches. As a result the admin account was gone.

Well it was there all the time only you needed the right way (an one-liner command line execution) to unhide it.

And now in Windows 8, just like the previous versions it is still comes as hidden account in the newest Microsoft offering, Windows 8. And lets see how to enable built-in administrator account in Windows 8.

Warning! Administrator account is kept hidden purposefully for making the system fool-proof against any unintended or misuse of the Windows 8 Operating System. So, proceed with caution.

1. Type lusrmgr.msc on start screen and open the app that appears as the search result.

(or) Click start and Run (Windows Key + R), type lusrmgr.msc and hit enter. This will open the Local Users and Account Manager (LUSRMGR).

Steps To Enable Built-in Administrator Account In Windows 8

2. In the LUSRMGR window, double click the users folder to show the list of local user accounts.

Steps To Enable Built-in Administrator Account In Windows 8 - User Account

3. Once the Administrator account is there, right-click on it and choose Properties. In the Properties dialog, uncheck the option “Account is disabled”.

Steps To Enable Built-in Administrator Account In Windows 8 Administrator Properties

4. Since the administrator account enjoys all the rights and is free from UAC, it is highly recommended to maintain a strong password to ensure secured access. To change the password, right click on the Administrator user and choose Set Password.

5. You will be shown a warning stating the risks of changing the password. Read it and use the Proceed button to change the password using the password changing dialog box.

Steps To Enable Built-in Administrator Account In Windows 8 - Password Change

6.  Change the password in the next window and click on OK. The password will be needed next time you want to access the administrator account from the logon screen.

Steps To Enable Built-in Administrator Account In Windows 8 - Set Password For Administrator

Restart or log off from your current account to see the changes in action.

As already said, the administrative account is kept hidden purposefully for making the system fool-proof against any unintended or misuse of the Windows 8 Operating System and its files.

So, be cautious while making any changes to the Windows 8 PC using Administrator account.

Note: You can also revert back to the default settings by disabling the the account from the properties dialog mentioned in step 3 above.

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