After upgrading your PC to Windows 10, did the Administrator Account feature become disabled?
You don’t have to worry about the issue. This article will show you how to fix the disabled Administrator Account problem.
Before then, let’s see why having an admin account is important on Windows PCs.
What is an Administrator Account on Windows?
The Administrator account gives users the privilege to make system-level changes on Windows.
Examples of such actions include system functions troubleshooting, software installation, the configuration of visiting users’ access, and many more.
On the other hand, the default standard account will limit you to simple activities, such as web surfing or viewing emails.
However, only previous Windows versions like Windows 7 have the admin account option pre-enabled during installation.
On recent Windows builds, particularly Windows 10, the feature is built-in, but it is factory-set as disabled.
Why Is the Administrator Account Disabled on Windows 10?
Microsoft’s team cites security concerns as the main reason for the decision.
So, if you attempt to perform an admin-level operation with the Standard account, the system will prompt you to “please see your system administrator on Windows 10.”
Nonetheless, in the next section, we have detailed the different procedures you can take to resolve the issue.
However, first, apply these steps to know what type of user account is active on your device:
- Press the Windows start button and click on the user account icon on the menu.
- Next, double-click on Change account settings.
- On the window that pops up, look underneath your profile to check if it says “Administrator” or “Standard.”
How to Fix an Administrator’s Account that Has Been Disabled on Windows 10?
Below are the different ways to enable (and disable) the Admin account feature:
1. Reboot the PC in Safe Mode
Safe Mode makes it easy to diagnose and fix most Windows problems. You can use this special feature to access and modify the default system settings for the built-in Administrator account.
Follow the below steps to get started:
- First, press the Windows logo key + I simultaneously to open the Settings menu.
- Next, go to the Updates & Security option and then select the Recovery tab.
- Now, under the Advanced Setup area, click on the Restart button.
- As the system attempts to reboot, a list of options will appear on your screen. Choose the Troubleshoot option.
- Then, navigate to Advanced options > Startup Settings.
- Under Startup Settings, you will see the different versions of Safe Modes available.
- Choose Enable Safe Mode with Networking.
- Windows will be in Safe Mode after restarting the system.
Then, if you are using Windows 10 Pro edition, follow the next few steps to enable the Admin account feature:
- Press the Windows logo + R keys simultaneously.
- Type “lusrmgr.msc” (no quotes) in the Run dialog box, and then click OK to run it.
- The Lusrmgr (Local Users and Groups) menu will open. After that, double-click on Users and explore the faulty account.
- As the Properties menu come up, check if the “Account is disabled” option is not enabled. If it is, uncheck the box beside it.
- Lastly, click Apply > OK, and then check if your account has changed to an Administrator’s account type.
- Press the Windows + X keys simultaneously to open the Power User menu.
- On the displayed list, click on the Computer Management option.
- On the next screen, navigate to Local Users > Users.
- Right-click on Administrator (see it on the right-hand side), and then pick the Properties option.
- Here again, uncheck the box beside the “Account is disabled” option.
Are you using a Windows 10 release other than the Pro edition? Did the above steps fail to work for you? If so, try any of the other methods below.
2. Using the Command Prompt
The Command Prompt is another way to enable an Administrator account on Windows 10. The method works for all versions of the OS, including the Home edition.
Here are the procedures to follow:
- Press the Alt + Del + Ctrl keys simultaneously to evoke the login screen.
- Next, place your finger on the Shift key and click Restart. The computer will reboot in Advanced mode.
- Here also, you will see several options displayed. Double-click on Troubleshoot.
- Now, click on the Command Prompt under Advanced options.
- After that, copy-paste the text below on the open field of the new dialog box, and then hit Enter to run it:
net user administrator /active: yes (to enable the feature)
net user administrator /active: no (to disable the feature)
- After that, restart the PC and see if that resolves the issue.
If there’s no positive change, that’s not a problem. Try the next method.
3. Using the Registry Editor
You can use the Registry Editor to resolve several faults within a computer system. However, you must know how to use the database. Even the smallest mistake you make in the registry can lead to severe system malfunctions.
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That said, here are ways you can use the Registry Editor to enable the Administrator account feature on Windows 10
- Go to the Command Prompt window and type “regedit” (no quotes) to open the Registry Editor.
- On the left side of the editor menu, select the key named HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
- Now, drag the mouse to the menu bar and navigate to File > Load Hive.
- At this point, you will need to access the drive where Windows 10 is installed on your PC. Check using the path below:
- You should see a file named SAM. Open it.
- While you are still on Load Hive’s dialog box, copy-paste the text below and click OK:
- Next, return to the Registry editor’s window and go to the location below:
- Select the 000001F4 key and then double-tap the F binary value on the right panel.
- Next, find the line for entry 0038. Once you locate it, change the default value from 11 to 10.
- Next, click OK and then exit both the Registry editor and the Command Prompt.
- After that, reboot Windows 10 and check if the Administrator account has been enabled.
- On the Registry Editor home page, navigate to the path below:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows NT > CurrentVersion > Winlogon > SpecialAccounts > UserList
- Under the last tab, right-click on the UserList option.
- In the popped-up menu, expand on New and select DWORD_Value.
- Use “Admin” as the name of the value and hit Enter.
- Exit the editor and reboot the computer.
Your Administrator account should be active now. You can turn it off by deleting the value you created. However, if neither of the fixes worked, try modifying a few security policies on your PC as explained in the next method.
4. Using the Group Policy Editor
You can use the tool to modify and reset users’ accounts on your device. You can as well use it to repair a disabled Administrator account on Windows 10.
See the steps here:
- Press the Windows key + R simultaneously to open the Run dialog box.
- Type “gpedit.msc” (no quotes) in the text field and click OK to start thr Group Policy Editor.
- Use the path below to locate the local policies:
Local Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies
- Under this tab, double-click on Security Options.
- On the right pane, go to Accounts: Administrator Account Status.
- Double-click to view its properties and set it to Enabled.
- Lastly, click OK > Apply and then exit the editor.
(Note: you cannot carry out the above procedures if you are using the Windows Home edition. Try the next option instead).
5. Using Windows PowerShell
This is also another way to enable a hidden Windows 10 Administrator account. Besides, Windows PowerShell is similar to Command Prompt but a bit more advanced.
That said, try the following steps:
- Press the Windows key + X simultaneously to evoke the Power User menu and select the PowerShell (Admin) option.
- Alternatively, type “PowerShell” (no quotes) in the search bar and use the Run as Administrator option to open it.
- Then, copy-paste the command line below and hit Enter:
Enable-LocalUser -Name “Administrator” (to enable the admin account)
Disable-LocalUser -Name “Administrator” (to disable the admin account)
- After that, you can access the Administrator account. Go ahead to close the PowerShell window.
Note: if you are using a non-English Windows version, the commands above may not work.
6. Configure a Fresh User Account
If all the methods above failed to work, you might get the solution by converting a new user account to an administrator type.
Here is how to do that:
- Go to the Accounts section under the Settings window,
- Click on Family & Other people (on the left panel).
- On the left panel of the next screen, click on the ‘Add someone else to this PC’ option.
- If prompted with a confirmation request, select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.
- Next, click on Add a User without a Microsoft account.
- Type in a name for the account and then click Next.
- Again, return to the Family & Other people menu screen.
- You will see the new account on the right side. Double-click it and select Change account type.
- In the dialog box that appears, modify the Account type to Administrator and tap on OK.
After that, your new Administrator account should be ready for use. You can log in without a password.
After reading through this article, you should know how to enable or disable the administrator account on Windows 10.
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