Multiple ways to Enable Administrator, Guest Account in Windows 10 – A secret or you can also term it as hidden Windows 10 administrator account is there that you might be not aware of. By default, that account is turned off or inactive.
You make a user account when you first install Windows 10 on your system. And by default that account is treated as an administrator account and also is the main account of your system. But there is one thing you are unaware of, Windows 10 automatically creates two accounts by itself and here also by default both are kept inactive. Among the two accounts, one is the Guest Account and the second one is Administrator Account. With the Guest Account, you cannot install any hardware or software or either you can do any system modifications. The Administrator Account which is also not active by default can be enabled only in case of troubleshooting or administrative matters.
There is a small difference between the users Administrator Account and build–in Administrator Account. The users Administrator Account faces the prompting of UAC (User Account Control) while the build–in one does not. And the users Administrator Account is an unelevated one whereas the build–in is the elevated one.
Now let’s dive into the Windows 10 tips.
How to Enable and Disable Hidden Windows 10 Administrator and Guest Account
Way 1: Command Prompt
- Open an elevated Command Prompt.
- To do so simply right click on the Power Menu and select Command Prompt (Admin).
- First, you have to get the list of all the user accounts of your system and to get the list type the command net user and click Enter.
- In order to active Administrator Account, type the following command –
net user administrator /active:yes
- To activate the Guest Account type this command –
net user guest /active:yes
- The build – in Administrator Account is enabled. You can sign–in into the system using this account. But by default it is not password protected.
- Use this command and protect your account with a password –
net user administrator *
- Provide your desired password.
In future, if you desire to disable or cast off the build–in Administrator Account provide the command on elevated Command Prompt –
net user administrator /active:no
In these ways, you make control over your Windows 10 PC.
Way 2: Local Group Policy Editor
- Fetch Cortana search bar on your screen and in the area provided for text, type the letters
- The outcome of your typed text is seen at the top of the bar with a heading Edit group policy. Click on it.
- Now, follow this path to make the changes: Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings ->Security Settings ->Local Policies -> Security Options
- Now look at the right pane of the Security Options. A list of different settings are visible. First find Administrator account status in the list and launch its properties separate box by double hitting on the settings.
- After the arrival of its Properties box, select Enabled or Disabled as per your choice.
- To make changes in the guest account, find Guest account status in the list. Bring its properties window after double-clicking on the setting.
- Once the Properties box is visible on the screen, you can see two options. Choose Enabled or Disabled as per your need.
- In the Properties box of both the accounts, click Apply and Ok to implement the modifications.
Way 3: Computer Management
- Execute a right click on the Start Menu to bring up different options. Click Computer Management. (You can use any of your way to launch Computer Management).
- Follow this path on the left pane: Computer Management (Local) -> System Tools -> Local Users and Groups -> Users.
- On the right you can see Administrator with built-in description. Double hit on it.
- The Administrator Properties window will emerge. To activate it, clear off the cell that says Account is disabled.
- When you select the cell of Account is disabled, you get into the disabled mode.
- After dealing with this, look for Guest account with a built-in description.
- Double hit and after its Properties window, uncheck Account is disabled to enable the account.
- Now, check the cell Account is disabled to deactivate it.
How to Switch to the local account after creating a new one
- Expand Start menu by hitting start icon lying on the extreme left of the Windows 10 taskbar.
- Click Settings icon.
- On Setting window tap on Accounts.
- On the right surface of the System Window, hit the link Sign in with a local account instead.
- You will see a pop-up emerges. Type the current password of your Microsoft account and click Next button.
- In the next pop-up write the credentials you want to use further and hit Next.
A little later you will be carried to your login screen. Login via filling the local account password.