Did you know that Windows 11 has a hidden administrator account? Here are the steps to enable a hidden administrator account in Windows 11.
Windows 11 makes it easy to create a user account. All you have to do is choose between a local or Microsoft account and follow the wizard. By default, any new user account you create in Windows is set as a Standard User. A standard user account type is less powerful and more restricted than the Administrator account if you don’t know. As you know, your user account needs administrator rights to install applications and make system changes. For example, if you want to modify Windows Security settings, you need admin rights.
Generally, as long as you have sufficient rights, you can make any user an Administrator. However, did you know that Windows 11 has a default hidden administrator account that is disabled by default? If you are wondering, the difference between the default Administrator account and a regular admin account is that the former account doesn’t have to deal will UAC (User Access Control) pop-ups. This means the hidden administrator account is pretty useful when you want to make a lot of changes to the system.
If you ever want to use the hidden administrator account, you must enable it via Command Prompt or the Local User Accounts tool. Without delay, let me show you how to do it.
Note: You need to be an administrator to turn on the hidden administrator account.
Command to enable hidden administrator account
You can use the net user command to enable or disable the hidden administrator account quickly. You need to execute a command, and Windows will do the work for you.
- Open the Start menu.
- Search for “Command Prompt.”
- Right-click on the result.
- Select “Run as administrator.”
- Execute “net user Administrator /active:yes” in the command window.
- Close the command window.
- With that, the hidden administrator account is enabled.
The first thing you need to do is open the Command Prompt window as an administrator. To do that, open the Start menu, search for “Command Prompt,” right-click on the result, and select the “Run as administrator” option.
Next, we need to know the hidden administrator account status. To do that, execute the “net user Administrator” command. After that, you should see the as “No.” If it says “Yes,” then you don’t have to do anything.
Now, execute the below command to enable the hidden administrator account in Windows 11.
net user Administrator /active:yes
After executing the command, close the Command Prompt window and restart the computer.
Enable hidden administrator account from lusrmgr.msc
You can turn on the hidden administrator account in Windows 11 using the lusrmgr.msc tool. Here is how.
- Press the “Start key + R” shortcut.
- Type “lusrmgr.msc” and click “Ok.”
- Select the “Users” folder.
- Double-click on the “Administrator” user.
- Uncheck the “Account is disabled” checkbox.
- Click the “Apply” and “Ok” buttons.
- With that, the hidden admin account is enabled.
Disable hidden administrator account
To disable the hidden administrator account, follow the below steps.
- Open Command Prompt as admin.
- Execute “net user Administrator /active:no” in the command window.
- Close the command window.
- With that, the hidden administrator account is disabled.
That is all. It is that simple to enable or disable the hidden administrator account in Windows 11.
I hope that helps.
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