25 thoughts on “Enable or disable the Administrator account in Windows 10

  1. Robin

    Is there a way to show the last active account on the logon screen in Win8.1 ?
    Now the account, 1e in the alphabet shows up, even when it is not used for a while.

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Sorry, this is not possible.

    2. ctwid walk

      Start Menu
      Type cmd and right click to RunAsAdmin
      net user administrator /active:no


  2. itadmin

    SCCM been giving problems, so I been using Todo Backup to dump a image on 37 laptops. Batch and PowerShell comes handy then. Really saves a lot of work.

    1. Using net user to enable admin and set complex password.
    2. Setx, to setup system variables.
    3. PowerShell script to join domain.

    complete.bat –
    setx -m ORA “C:\oracle”
    net user administrator $%{$TJO
    net user administrator /active:yes
    powershell -command “”
    powershell -file d:\join.ps1

    join.ps1 –
    $domain = “domain.net”
    $password = “…” | ConvertTo-SecureString -asPlainText -Force
    $username = “$domain\myUserAccount”
    $credential = New-Object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential($username,$password)
    Add-Computer -DomainName $domain -Credential $credential

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thanks for info.

  3. paul

    i enabled the hidden administrator account , now windows 10 wont allow me to restore windows 8.1 until i remove the hidden administrator account , however there is no place to remove the account. i disabled the account but still am not allowed to restore win 8.1 without removing the hidden administrator account ?????

    1. jacob

      I am having the same problem. Has anyone found a solution for this?

    2. Jose

      same problem here!!

      1. Sonzy

        No solution?..

    3. Vladimir

      @paul i had same issue. i solved it by deleting Administrator folder in C:\users
      after that i was able to restore to win 7

  4. Malak

    I get this message “system error 5 has occurred, access is denied”

    what can i doo????????

    1. ctwid walk

      net user administrator /active:no

    2. mir

      I too had same problem…one year old PC…
      Reformatted COMPLETELY…. OK now

  5. ChicagoNole

    It says “System Error 5 has occurred. Access is denied”

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Type commands in the elevated command prompt.
      This is important.

  6. ChicagoNole

    That worked, thank you!

  7. Lisa Henrich

    I have an Administrator on my computer that has me entering its password, then I have to enter the one that I created after it.
    Is this something new?
    And how do I get rid of it?

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      No, it is not a new feature.
      This disabled default Administrator account was introduced in Windows Vista.
      You shouldn’t get red of it, you can leave it as is.

  8. Will

    I go to open the setup and it comes up with admin again!!!! Can you please help?

  9. Blogger

    Thank you Serg.Your post saved me a day or two.Appreciated!

  10. Gerry

    I am trying to install a anti virus but it’s telling me that it is block by the administrator. How do I fix this . Please help.m

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      1. What exactly you are trying to install?
      2. What is your antivirus software?

  11. Jahn

    How can I rename the Users/xxxx(name) folder without loosing all my settings??? Windows 10 1909 64 bit.


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