How to enable the hidden Windows 11 administrator account
Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system includes several user accounts, including an administrator account, that are disabled by default. Users who start Windows 11 for the first time need to create a user account to start using the operating system. The user account is of the administrative class, and other user accounts can be regular user accounts or also administrative.
It is recommended to use standard user accounts on Windows 11, as it limits what malicious code can do on the system, as it runs with the same rights as the user account.
Tip: you can check out our guides for Windows 10 and Windows 8 here.
The Windows 11 administrator account
The Windows 11 administrator account is disabled by default. Administrative privileges are required to enable it on the device.
You may ask yourself why you would want to enable the Administrator account if you have administrative rights already. One of the main differences between a user's account that is of the administrator group and the Administrator account that is included by default, is that the latter does not receive UAC prompts.
It may also be a handy backup account in case things go wrong, and you have locked yourself out of the system.
How to enable the default Administrator account on Windows 11
The process requires just a few commands, in fact just one command if you are in a hurry, that is executed from an elevated command prompt window.
Here are the steps:
Step 1: launch an elevated command prompt window
Launch an elevated command prompt window, e.g. by opening the Start menu, typing CMD, and selecting "run as administrator" from the context options that Windows 11 displays. You need to confirm an UAC prompt to launch the elevated command prompt window.
Step 2: check the list of user accounts on the system
Run the command net user to display the list of all accounts that are available on the system. Note that the listing does not reveal if accounts are active or disabled.
Step 3: check the status of the Administrator account
Run the command net user Administrator to display information about the Administrator account. Check the "account active" status to find out if the account is active (yes) or not (no).
Step 4: Enable the Windows 11 Administrator account
Run the command net user Administrator /active:yes to enable the Administrator account. Verify that the command executed successfully by running the command from step 3 again.
Tip: to disable the account, run the command net user Administrator /active:no.
Step 5: Change the administrator password
The default administrator account of Windows 11 is not password protected. You may sign in without typing a password. While that is useful in same cases, it is usually better to set a password to protect it.
Run the command net user administrator * and hit the Enter-key. Type the password that you want to set and repeat the password after you have hit the Enter-key. If the passwords match, the new password is set and is required to sign-in to the account.
Note: the password is not displayed when you type.
Enable the Windows 11 Administrator account in Local Users and Groups
Administrators may use the Local Users and Groups administrative interface to manage the built-in Administrator account.
Step 1: Open Local Users and Groups
Open the Start interface, type lusrmgr.msc and hit Enter on the keyboard to load the management interface.
Step 2: Display User accounts
Expand the Users folder displayed on the left to display all accounts that are known on the system.
Step 3: Enable the Windows 11 administrator account
Right-click on the Administrator account in the middle column and select Properties from the context menu. To enable the account, remove the checkmark from "Account is disabled", select apply and then ok to complete the process.
The account is now active.
Step 4: Set a password for the native administrator account
Right-click on Administrator again and select "set password" from the context menu. A warning is displayed, select Proceed to continue.
Type the password twice and select the OK-button to set it.
Now You: do you use a regular user account or an administrator account when you work on your devices?
Thx Martin for this article. Very informative. I knew already about the command line “net user Administrator /active: yes/no, but not a clue about doing the same with lusrmgr.msc.
I usually create an admin account right after a fresh installation, and then use it for apps installation, network setup, diagnosis, updates, maintenance tasks etc.,
I use a Microsoft account otherwise.
Grandma would never figure this out. Thus, along with many other very real reasons, Windows is not ready for the desktop.
I understand all that regarding the default Administrator account but what is “Enable the Windows 11 Administrator account in Local Users and Groups” all about? What does it do? Do I need to do it too? Good clear instructions BTW!
very useful. thanks a lot
so I tried the command line version and got System error 5 and access denied. I have W11 but home version. do i need pro
Hard to do when I HAVE no Admin Access. Tried in SAFE mode – did not work.
Seems like last windows 11 update mess this up was working before – do not see anyway to revert to last windows 11 update.
Still not working – have tried multiple options including safe mode – have to utilize Bitlocker recovery key to get there? Not mentioned above.
Regardless nothing is making a difference… A total shame and inconvience.
I agree that something recently made a hash of permissions. I can’t even delete unwanted icons from desktop, let alone elevate my own permissions to enable the Administrator account. Any suggestions welcome!
Thanks for this article. It’s very helpful.
I cannot access the User Accounts with lusrmgr. It says “This snapin may not be used with this edition of Windows 10. To manage user accounts for this computer, use the User Accounts tool in the Control Panel.”
I have Windows 11, and cannot edit my user accounts from the control panel.