How to Enable the Administrator in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to enable Windows 11 built-in administrator account from the command line.

All Windows 11 computers come with a hidden built-in administrator account. This account that is disabled by default. When you’re setting up a new computer, you’re asked to create a user account. The first account you create will be added to the administrators group and given administrator’s privileges.

These administrator accounts have full control of the files, directories, services, and other resources on the local computer. Practically, the administrator account has full control of everything on the system.

The administrator account you create as full control, but with UAC control protections. This is a way to provide some safeguards and protections before making mistakes. It makes you think twice with UAC confirmation prompts before actions are executed.

When you’re logged in with the built-in administrator account, you can run commands, change the systems settings and will not be prompted by UAC.

Using the built-in administrator account to manage your system can be dangerous. In most cases, you won’t get a chance to confirm that you want to execute certain tasks before executing, even if the commands would damage the system.

Also, when you’re a student and new user and you want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To enable the built-in administrator account, follow the steps below:

Enable the built-in administrator account from command line

To enable the built-in administrator account from the command line prompt, open it as administrator as shown below in the image.

windows 11 command prompt administrator

When the command prompt opens, run the commands below to enable the built-in administrator account in Windows 11.

net user Administrator /active:yes

After running command, you should get a success message similar to the one below.

windows prompt successful

That will enable the account, however, you won’t be able to login with it since you don’t know the password.

To enable the built-in administrator account and create a new password for it, run the commands below:

net user Administrator type_strong_passwore_here /active:yes

Please type_strong_password_here with the actual password you want to use with the administrator account.

With that, you should be able to log out from your current account and login with the built-in administrator account that was originally disabled and hidden.

windows 11 enable administrator account

You should be able to login as the built-in administrator after enabling the account.

Disable the built-in administrator account

If you wish to disable the built-in administrator account, simply run the commands below to do it from an elevated command prompt windows.

net user Administrator /active:no

Running the command above will disable the built-in administrator account and hide it from the login Windows as before.


This post showed you how to enable the built-in administrator account that comes with Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

1 Comment

  1. Hi admin, may you help here please,
    I updated my windows 10 to 11 through windows insider thereafter some bios update downloaded and decided to update then what came after is that my adminstrator account that was formerly there has failed to open and even failed to change password after the first one was removed during the update. could you help me out here please.

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