By default in clean installation of Windows, Default Administrator account is disabled. These are simple steps that helps to enable that account, set a password and show on Welcome screen.

How To:

1. Run CMD or elevated CMD and execute the command to enable Administrator account and set a password respectively.

net user Administrator /active:yes

net user Administrator <Password>

2. Now run Registry Editor (regedit) and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Create two keys named SpecialAccounts and UserList, now you will be at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

3. Create a DWORD value and name it to Administrator and set it to 1

We can disable the account by executing the following command under elevated Command Prompt

net user Administrator /active:no

NOTE: Its recommended to avoid to use Default Administrator.

Applies To:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Windows XP Home Edition

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