HOWTO: Enable built-in administrator account


This HOWTO helps you to enable the built-in administrator account when logging in to Windows 10 is not possible.


1. Reboot Windows:

   - On the login screen, click on the “power” button shown at the bottom right, then hold Shift and click “Restart”.

2. Open Command Prompt:

   - Windows Recovery Environment will boot. Go to “Troubleshooting” - “Advanced Settings” - “Command Prompt”.

3. Enter an account password:

   - You will need to enter an account password to run the command line. This time the input should work (if the password you remember is correct).

4. Enter command:

   - At the command prompt, type: net user Administrator / active: yes
and press Enter.

5. Reboot Windows again:

   Close the command prompt and restart the computer (or click "Continue. Exit and use Windows 10").

Also consider using Action1 to enable the built-in administrator account if:
- You need to perform this action on multiple (hundreds or even thousands) computers simultaneously.
- Some of your endpoints are laptops not connected to corporate network at all times.

Action1 is a cloud-based platform for software deployment, software/hardware inventory, patch management, endpoint configuration and more. It is free with basic functionality.


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