How to enable and password protect the built-in administrator account in Windows 7?

It’s well known that the built-in Administrator account is Windows 7 an account that has full access and permission on the computer, and will not be prompted by UAC. Unlike the Windows XP administrator account, this administrator account in Windows 7 is hidden or disabled by default. If you want to use this default administrator account, you can enable it via command prompt as follows.

* Enable the hidden administrator account
1. Log in to Windows with your regular user account.
2. Click Start and type cdm in the text box, and press Enter. Then open a command prompt in administrator mode by right-clicking and choosing Run as administrator.
Note: When prompted to allow the Command Processor to run, click on “Yes”.
3. When the command prompt appears, type the following command on it and press Enter.
net user administrator /active:yes
4. You will see a message that the command completed successfully. If you log out, you’ll now see the Administrator account on the Windows 7 logo screen.
Note: If you want to disable the default administrator account in Windows 7, you can also use command prompt to achieve it.

Make sure you are logged on as your regular user account, and then open an administrator mode command prompt as above. Type the following command:
net user administrator /active:no

* Password Protect the Administrator Account
Although the administrator account is enabled, it is not password protected. It is highly suggested that you should add a password to this account now. It will only cost you a few seconds.
1. Log on to the administrator account without password.
2. Open User Accounts by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking User Accounts and Family Safety, and then clicking User Accounts.
3. Click Create a password for your account to add a Windows 7 administrator password.
Tip: Don’t forget to create a Windows 7 password reset disk to in case that you cannot remember the administrator password.
In addition to use command prompt, you can also active the hidden Windows 7 administrator account through Local Users and Groups or Local Security Policy, which we will discuss in other articles.

What’s more, if you forgot Windows 7 password by chance, then you can get Windows password breaker, a useful Windows password recovery tool for users to reset their forgotten or lost Windows password, which helps you create a password recovery DISK, CD/DVD or USB flash drive is supported.

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