If you’re using Windows 10, you may need to log in as an administrator to perform certain tasks or access specific files. The administrator account has more privileges than a standard user account, allowing you to make system-wide changes. In this blog post, we will take a look at how to enable and login as an administrator in Windows 10.
Method 1: Enabling the Built-in Administrator Account
The built-in administrator account is disabled by default, but you can easily enable it using the Command Prompt or the Local Users and Groups Manager.
Using Command Prompt
Win + Xand click on Windows PowerShell (Admin) or Command Prompt (Admin) to open the command prompt with administrator privileges.
- Type the following command and hit Enter:
net user administrator /active:yes
This will enable the built-in administrator account. To disable it again, simply replace
/active:no in the command.
Using Local Users and Groups Manager
Note: This method only works on Windows 10 Pro, Education, and Enterprise editions.
Win + R, type
lusrmgr.msc, and hit Enter to open the Local Users and Groups Manager.
- Click on the Users folder in the left pane.
- Double-click on the Administrator account in the right pane.
- In the Administrator Properties window, uncheck the Account is disabled checkbox and click OK.
Method 2: Creating a New Administrator Account
If you don’t want to use the built-in administrator account, you can create a new account with administrator privileges.
Win + Ito open the Settings app and click on Accounts.
- Click on Family & other users in the left pane, and then click on Add someone else to this PC under the Other users section.
- Click on I don’t have this person’s sign-in information and then select Add a user without a Microsoft account.
- Enter a username and password for the new account, and click on Next.
- Click on the newly created account and select Change account type.
- Change the account type to Administrator and click on OK.
Logging in as an Administrator
After enabling the built-in administrator account or creating a new administrator account, you can log in as an administrator by following these steps:
- Click on the Start button and select the user icon in the upper-left corner.
- Click on the administrator account you want to log in with.
- Enter the password if prompted, and you will be logged in as an administrator.
Now that you know how to log in as an administrator in Windows 10, you can perform tasks that require elevated privileges with ease. Remember to use the administrator account responsibly, as it has the power to make critical changes to your system.