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Slideshow: Access the real Administrator account in Windows 7

Select the Administrator account

As you know, the User Account Control (UAC) system is the heart and soul of the security system in Microsoft Windows 7. It is designed to protect your system from inadvertent or malicious incidents that could compromise stability or security while you are logged on using an account with administrative privileges, where you have full access to the system. Of course, you can perform administrative operations simply by working through the UAC prompt. Or, if you totally dislike the UAC system, you can also easily disable it. For example, you can select the Never Notify setting on the User Account Control Setting window.

However, there certainly are times when it would just be nice to log on to your Windows 7 system with a good old fashioned full-fledged Administrator account. When you do, you'll never encounter a UAC prompt.

In this edition of the Windows Desktop Report, I'll explain how you can activate and use the real Administrator account in Windows 7.

Caveat: Now keep in mind that Microsoft has gone to great lengths to prevent you from using the real Administrator account and as you can imagine, strongly discourages the technique I'm about to show you here. As such, I must emphasize that you should use the real Administrator account very sparingly - never make it your default modus operandi! With that being said, I also have to say that you use this technique at your own risk.

Activating the account
While you might think that since Microsoft discourages the use of Windows 7's Administrator account, that it is hidden deep within the bowels of the operating system. However, that's not the case at all. In fact, to find the Administrator account you have to look no further than the Local Users and Groups tool.

To begin, open the Start menu, right-click the Computer icon, and select Manage from the context menu. When you see the Computer Management console, go to the navigation panel on the left and click the arrow next to Local Users and Groups to expand the branch. Then, click the Users folder. At this point you can see and select the Administrator account as shown.

This gallery is also available as a TechRepublic blog post and download.

About

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

12 comments
VoidIndigo
VoidIndigo

Excuse , but this is more easy : Open comand prompt ??? Type : net user administrator /active:yes After : restart the system , select new Administrator acount and , if you desire , edit or inactivate the other acount . Obs : between the word administrator and the symbol / there one space but between the symbol / and the word active , no .

jeaglewymt
jeaglewymt

I do not have the "Local Users and Groups" option in the left navigation panel, so now what?

jeaglewymt
jeaglewymt

I do not have the "Local Users and Groups" option in the left navigation panel, so now what?

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

I seem to have had an admin account from the get-go. Don't rememeber if I set it up during OS activation or not...

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

I think I'll pass on enabling the account. Just not worth the possible issues that could come up. What I'm surprised at is that once enabled the account has no password. Windows 7 should force the person who enabled the account to set a password and accept only a stringent password. Other alternative is that maybe during the installation of Windows, use the name of the computer be used as a password. [Better than no password or something that would be common on every Windows system deployed.]

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

you may want to reconsider opening up that keg of "Pan d'Ora"... I have an admin account and I really don't ever need it.

pulverpa
pulverpa

I thank you for this information, while not needed every day it will come in useful. I am confused by Gis Bun's comment that no password was set up. When I got to the set up it asked me to set the password requirements. I set it to make me change the password the first time I logged in and now I have a password. It is only a guess but I bet you just clicked through it and used the default of never having the password expire. Mark RPCV, CPJ

jeaglewymt
jeaglewymt

I am a self taught computer geek, I like to learn everything, and I just do not understand why the selection is not there?

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

I'll keep that in mind. It'll have to wait for that first paycheck, though.

santeewelding
santeewelding

Like Ansu, need to quit your parsimonious, low-buck ways. Get at least W7 Pro, or, like what I have, the supreme CIA/NSA version. Lets you go and do what no others can. Backdoors galore. It's how I infiltrate Ansu.

jeaglewymt
jeaglewymt

Thank you, now I know why. Figures, it's microsft

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

Not all versions have all features. I have home premium, and no, I don't have that tool either.