Monday, 9 December 2013

Enabling Built-In Administrator account in Windows 8

Here is a quick tip to enable Built-In Administrator account in Windows 8. 

Windows 8 has a backup method that will allow you to retain administrative rights in case of your system is compromised as  Windows 8 is still prone to attacks like its predecessors. This account is an elevated local administrator account that has total control of your operating system's permission and access rights.

Even in a compromised system, you can still run this account and authorize actions or programs in an already infected account. Consider this an emergency backup plan for when the unthinkable happens. Here’s how to enable your very own built-in administrator account on Windows 8 and 8.1.

In Windows 8 search box enter "command prompt". From the search results right-click on command prompt and Run it as administrator. Enter the below code and press Enter.

net user administrator /active:yes

Now you can access your built-in administrator account by logging off your current account anytime. Keep in mind that you CANNOT change the name of the built-in administrator account; it will always stay as Administrator.

Once you have enabled your built-in administrator account, ALWAYS create a password for that account to prevent any unauthorized usage. You don’t have to use the administrator account as your main account. Having the built-in administrator account enabled in advance will help you regain control (and save) your system if it is one day, compromised.

To deactivate  run command prompt in administrator mode and Enter the below code and press Enter. 

net user administrator /active:no

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