How to become an administrator in Windows 10


Apr 19, 2016

With power comes responsibility, which is why Windows 10 comes with two account types, Standard and Administrator. An administrator has access to everything and can make changes to the system, registry and pretty much anything they like within Windows. That power needs careful control, which is why the administrator account is disabled by default. If you want to become an administrator in Windows 10 you need to enable it. Here’s how to do it.

Become an administrator in Windows 10
There are three ways to enable the administrator account. They are Local Security Policy, Computer Management and command prompt. I tend to use Computer Management or command prompt.

1. Right click This PC in Windows Explorer and select Manage from the options.
2. Select Local Users and Groups in the left pane and select Users.
3. Highlight Administrators in the middle pane, right click and select Properties.
4. Uncheck ‘Account is disabled’ and click OK.

The administrator account is now enabled, giving full control over the computer.

Using the command prompt to enable the administrator account in Windows 10
Using the command prompt to enable the admin account takes just a couple of seconds.

1. Open a CMD window as an administrator.
2. Type or paste ‘net user administrator /active:yes’ into the window and press Enter.
3. To disable the account, type or paste ‘net user administrator /active:no’ and press Enter.

If you decide to enable the administrator account and you share your computer with others, now might be a good time to enable password login…

More Windows 10 admin tips and tricks:
How to Perform a Repair Installation for Windows 10
How to stop wake timers in Windows 10
How to rebuild your icon cache in Windows 10