By default, Windows 10 includes a hidden Administrator account. This account has unrestricted access to the system’s files, settings, and programs, making it ideal for troubleshooting and system management. In this blog post, we will walk through the steps to log in as an Administrator without entering a password.
Method 1: Enable the Hidden Administrator Account
First, you’ll need to enable the hidden Administrator account. To do this, follow the steps below:
- Press Win + X on your keyboard to open the Power User menu, and then click on Windows PowerShell (Admin).
- In the PowerShell window, type the following command and press Enter:
net user administrator /active:yes
This command enables the hidden Administrator account. You should see a message saying “The command completed successfully.”
- Close the PowerShell window.
- Sign out of your current account by clicking on Start > User Icon > Sign out.
- On the login screen, you should now see the Administrator account. Click on it to log in without a password.
Note that this method is not recommended for long-term use, as the Administrator account has unrestricted access and can pose a security risk. Make sure to disable the Administrator account once you’re done using it by following the same steps and replacing the command in step 2 with:
net user administrator /active:no
Method 2: Reset Your User Account Password
If you need to log in as an Administrator without a password because you forgot your password, you can reset your user account password using the following steps:
- Boot your computer from a Windows 10 installation media (DVD or USB).
- When the Windows Setup screen appears, press Shift + F10 to open the Command Prompt.
- Type the following commands in order and press Enter after each:
copy c:windowssystem32utilman.exe c: copy /y c:windowssystem32cmd.exe c:windowssystem32utilman.exe exit
- Click on the X button to close the Command Prompt and continue with the installation. When it’s time to select an installation type, click on Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).
- When the installation is complete, restart your computer, and remove the installation media.
- On the login screen, click on the Utility Manager icon in the bottom right corner. This will open the Command Prompt.
- Type the following command, replacing “YourUserName” with your user account name and “NewPassword” with your desired password:
net user YourUserName NewPassword
- Close the Command Prompt and log in with your new password.
- After logging in, open the Command Prompt again as an administrator (as described in Method 1), and type the following commands to restore the original Utility Manager:
copy /y c:utilman.exe c:windowssystem32utilman.exe del c:utilman.exe
Now you have successfully logged in as an Administrator without entering a password!