Windows 10 Tips – Enable Administrator, Guest Account

Multiple ways to Enable Administrator, Guest Account in Windows 10.

Windows 10 Tips - Enable Administrator, Guest Account

A secret or you can also term it 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 do any system modifications. The Administrator Account which is also not active by default can be enabled in case of troubleshooting or in administrative matters.

There is a small difference between the user’s Administrator Account and build–in Administrator Account. The users’ Administrator Account faces the prompting of UAC (User Account Control) while the built–in one does not. And the users’ Administrator Account is an unelevated one whereas the built-in is the elevated one. See: Enable / Disable Built-in Hidden Administrator Account in Windows 8.1|10. Now let’s dive into the Windows 10 tips.

How to Enable and Disable Hidden Windows 10 Administrator and Guest Account

Way-1: Using Command Prompt

  • Press Windows and R keys.
  • Type cmd.
How to Enable and Disable Hidden Windows 10 Administrator and Guest Account
  • Press – Ctrl + Shift + Enter.
  • Select Yes to open an elevated Command Prompt.
  • 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 press Enter.
net user on command prompt
  • In order to active Administrator Account, type the following command –
net user administrator /active:yes
completed successfully
  • To activate the Guest Account type this command –
net user guest /active:yes
  • The built-in Administrator Account is enabled. You can sign–in to 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.
type a password
  • In the 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

disable administrator account
In these ways, you gain control over your Windows 10 PC.

Way-2: Local Group Policy Editor

  • Click on Search from the Taskbar.
  • Typegpedit.msc.
  • Press the Enter key.
Cortana search bar - gpedit.msc
  • 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 is visible. First, find Accounts: Administrator account status.
  • Double-click on this Policy setting.
Administrator account status
  • After the arrival of its Properties windows, select Enabled.
Enable or disable administrator built in account
  • To make changes in the guest account, find Accounts: Guest account status in the list.
  • Double-click on the Policy setting.
  • Once the Properties box is visible on the screen, you can see two options. Choose Enabled.
Enable or disable guest built in account
  • In the Properties box of both accounts, click Apply and Ok to implement the modifications.

Way-3: Through Computer Management

  • Right click on the Start to bring up different options.
  • Click Computer Management.
Computer Management from right click of Start Menu
  • 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 click on it.
Administrator built in in Computer Management
  • The Administrator Properties window will emerge. To activate it, clear off the cell that says Account is disabled.
Enable built in admin account
  • When you select the cell of Account is disabled, you get into the disabled mode.
Disable built in admin account
  • After dealing with this, look for Guest account with a description.
Guest built in account in Computer Management
  • Double-click it and after its Properties window appears, uncheck Account is disabled to enable the account.
Enable built in Guest account
  • Now, check the box Account is disabled to deactivate it.
Disable built in guest account

Read: How to Use Computer Management and its Tools on Windows 10.

Bonus Tips – How to Switch to the local account after creating a new one

  • Click on Start.
start icon lying on the taskbar
  • Click the Settings icon.
settings symbol on the start menu of windows 10
  • On the Setting window, select Accounts.
accounts on settings window
  • Click the link Sign in with a local account instead.
sign in with a local account instead link on your account section
  • You will see a pop-up. Type the current password of your Microsoft account and click Next button.
switch to a local account pop up
  • In the next pop-up, write the credentials you want to use further and select Next.
enter the information of the guest account in the pop up

A little later, you will be carried to your login screen. Log in by filling in the local account password.

These are the 3 ways to unhide activate or enable Hidden Administrator and Guest account and switch to one another in Windows 10. If any question we will welcome you to reply.

Way-1: Using Command Prompt
Way-2: Via Local Group Policy Editor
Way-3: Through Computer Management
Bonus Tips – How to Switch to the local account after creating a new one

That’s all!!

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Topics:  Windows 10
About Sunita
Love to play with Windows 11 and 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.

  1. Hello Wilkies, You need to change permission of user account in Group properties via netplwiz.

  2. Dwight Wilkes


    when i attempt to save a file in “notepad” with a “html” extension I’m getting the message “i don’t have permission to save in this location” contact admin. i’m the admin on this computer. (win 10 Pro)

    Any suggestions?

  3. Devang Mehrotra


    I did all this but now i am not an administrator.While using command prompt,system error occurred,access is denied popped up.I cant install/uninstall any software because i need admin’s password.Please help me fix this problem.

  4. I followed the instructions on activating the guest account in windows 10, however it still does not appear in the control panel. After listing choices of password, time, active -yes, no, It asks for another command. Any suggestions?
    Thank you

  5. thanks emessdee.

  6. This was very helpful. I searched high and low to find a way to turn the guest account back on after upgrading from Windows 7 to WinX, The instructions are very clear and I was able to turn on the account on first try

  7. dhinesh, can you use the guest account now without any issues ?? pls tell me how…

  8. What is the other way you did ?

  9. Sunita,

    Thanks for the link and I’ll try to update the video.


  10. Hi Jim this issue is caused by video adapter. So try to update its driver software and check its basic settings.

  11. Hi Rick, This is just because of the video adapter you are running.

  12. What exactly do u run on CCleaner? My guest account does the same as the guy above

  13. Sorry, I completely missed Martin’s post and Sunita’s response. So what causes this?

  14. Thanks for the info re guest acct. I was able to setup the guest acct, but when I use it the desktop flickers annoyingly and am unable to use it. It almost looks like it is in a loop trying to load and reload an app…unsuccessfully. I have restarted several times with no help. I disabled the guest account and am back to normal with my acct. The same thing happens on my desktop computer. Activating the administrator acct seems to work fine.

  15. My screen did the same thing, so I disabled the guest account to look for another way..

  16. I did this, and then did the very last option (net user administrator /active:no). Now, I’m locked out of anything to do with administrator accounts. I’m no longer an administrator, nor can I create an administrator or assign an administrator account. I can’t access anything. What do I do?? I LITERALLY can’t do ANYTHING, because everything that gets access or gets to creating or assigning an administrator account, REQUIRES that you are already an administrator account. HELP PLEASE?

  17. Run ccleaner. This will help you.

  18. Thank you !!

  19. When I then enter the guest account, the screen flashes on and off continuously. Any one else seeing this? I’m on a Surface Pro 3.

  20. In last build of windows 10 , how to sign in using guest account ?
    I dont see guest account in manage user .