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How to Create or Enable Administrator Account in Windows 10

When we work on Windows, whether in support or management, one of the most frequent tasks you must perform is the creation of new users for access and respective work within the system.

Windows 10 offers us the following types of users:

Standard User: This type of user is a basic account that can be a local or Microsoft account which allows that user to access the system, but doesn’t have the power to make changes as editing registry, software installation, etc. If a standard user wants to perform some task as an administrator, the system will ask for the administrator password.

Administrator: This is the default administrator account of Windows 10 when we install and configure Windows 10 or when we buy a new computer.

This type of account allows us to make any change in the system and if any of these changes require high privileges, a UAC message displays requesting approval by us to carry out the task.

Administrator User Built-in: This type of administrator is hidden in the OS for security reasons because it has all the privileges to make changes in the system without requiring any permission.

Windows 10 allows us to create a local user easily, but this account will be with the privileges of a standard account until the moment you decide to change the type of account.

Today you will see how to enable, disable, create or delete local or Microsoft account with administrator privileges to use it when you need admin access.

First, we will create a local or Microsoft account, then you will change the account type from standard to Administrator, but if you want to change your current user go straight to the Method #1

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How to Create a Local or Microsoft Account

1. For this go to the Start menu and select the option Settings. You can also press the keys Winkey + I

2. Click on Accounts and the left select we choose Family and other people line

3. There click on Add some else to this PC

By default Windows, 10 will try to create the new account using a Microsoft account, as it will be a local account click on the option I don’t have this person’s sign in information

Microsoft offers us the possibility of creating a new email account to log in from it, as it is not the case, click on the option Add a user without Microsoft account

Click on Next, and a now set a name for the user and an optional password (recommended) and click on Next to create the local user

To create the Microsoft Account use your email address or create one using the same steps.

Method #:1: Change Account Type to Administrator

Whether you have created a local account or a Microsoft account, the predefined profile will be a standard account.

So to change the account type from standard to administrator follow this process.

Navigate to Settings (Winkey + I) > Accounts > Family & Other People and click on your User. Then click on Change account type

A window appears, click on the drop-down and select Administrator, finally, click on OK

Now your local account is an administrator, and the same process applies to Microsoft Accounts.

Method #2: Enable Administrator Account using Command Prompt

To use this method, it will be necessary to open the Command Prompt as administrator.

Just type CMD on Windows Search and right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.

command prompt administrator
To enable administrator account, run the following command:

net user administrator /active:yes

As easy as that you can enable the administrator account.

If you wish to set a password for the administrator account, run the following command:

net user administrator (password) /active:yes

Now, if you want to disable the administrator account, run the following command:

net user administrator /active:no

In this way, you can enable or disable the administrator account using the Command Prompt

Method #3: Enable Administrator Account using Policies

This option is only available in Windows 10 Enterprise or Pro editions

To open Local Policies press the keys Winkey + R

Type the command: secpol.msc and press Enter

Now navigate to Local Policies > Security Options. There double click on Accounts: Administrator account status

Check the box Enabled and click on Apply and OK to save the changes.


To disable the administrator account, open the policy again and check the box Disabled.

Method #4: Enable Administrator Account using Local Users and Groups

This option is available in the Enterprise and Pro versions of Windows 10.

Press the keys Winkey + R and run the command: lusrmgr.msc

In the window, select the Users folder and you can see that the Administrator is disabled.


To enable it, double-click on it and uncheck the box Account disabled. Click on Apply and OK to save the changes.


To disable the administrator account open these properties again and check the box Account is disabled.

In this simple way, you can enable the Administrator account using simple methods, i hope this was helpful to you.

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