How to Activate the Built-in Administrator Account on Windows 8

How to Activate the Built-in Administrator Account on Windows 8

Hey there! Today I want to show you how to enable the super-secret built-in Administrator account on your Windows 8 computer. This hidden gem can give you some extra power and control over your system. So, let’s get started, shall we?

First things first, I’ll guide you through the steps to activate this account. Don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it sounds! Just follow along:

Step 1: Open the Command Prompt

To begin, press the Windows key and the X key simultaneously on your keyboard. A handy menu will pop up, and from there, you’ll want to select “Command Prompt (Admin)”.

Step 2: Execute the Command

Once you’ve got the Command Prompt window open, you’ll need to type in the following command: “net user administrator /active:yes”. Don’t worry, this isn’t some complicated code – just a little something to make magic happen behind the scenes!

Step 3: Restart your Computer

Now, it’s time to give your computer a little break. Type in “exit” and hit Enter to close the Command Prompt window. Then, restart your computer. The changes will come into effect once it boots back up.

Step 4: Accessing the Administrator Account

Once your computer is up and running again, you’ll see an additional user account on the login screen – the Administrator account. Just click on it, and you’re in! However, keep in mind, with great power comes great responsibility, so be careful with the changes you make using this account.

That’s all there is to it! You’ve successfully enabled the built-in Administrator account on your Windows 8 computer. Kudos to you! Remember, with great power comes great responsibility, so use this newfound capability wisely.

How To Enable Built-in Administrator Account on Windows 8

When it comes to personal computers, having administrator privileges is crucial. However, the same rules don’t apply to work computers, as there may be certain restrictions imposed on user accounts.

By default, Windows 8 disables the Administrator account. This means that after a fresh installation, you won’t see the Administrator icon on the login screen. But don’t worry, there are three ways to enable it manually, and the best part is, two of these methods don’t require internet access or logging in to your user account.

win 8

Method 1

The easiest way for you to activate the special Administrator account is by using the Command Prompt.

  1. First, press the Windows key.
  2. Type either “command prompt” or “cmd”.
  3. When you see the icon, right-click on it and select “Run it as administrator”.
  4. Now, type in the following command: net user administrator /active:yes
  5. Just press Enter.

After doing this, you will be able to log out of your account and notice that the Administrator account shows up as an option on the login screen.

Method 2

But what if you find yourself needing access to the Administrator account because you forgot your password? Or maybe someone changed it just to mess with you? No worries! You can still enable the Administrator account (in case you haven’t done it already) by using the Windows 8 boot media.


  1. Start by plugging in your Windows 8 bootable USB.
  2. Now, it’s time to restart your computer.
  3. Wait for the Windows 8 setup page to load.
  4. I’ll be teaching you a neat trick. Press Shift + F10 to open the Command Prompt.
  5. Now, pay attention. You only need to remember one command – copy. Type the following line: copy /y d:\windows\system32\cmd.exe d:\windows\system32\sethc.exe
  6. You’re almost there! Remove the USB stick and reboot your computer.
  7. Once you reach the login screen, press the Shift key five times to access the Command Prompt.
  8. Now, just type net user administrator /active:yes
  9. Give your computer another restart.
  10. Voila! Now, you can access the Administrator account by simply clicking on the icon without needing a password.

Method 3

This last method involves some modifications and changes to the registry. Don’t worry, I’ll guide you through it. You can use this method if you’ve lost access to your user account and the Administrator account hasn’t been already enabled.

Here’s what you should do:


  1. To start Windows 8 from your USB stick, you can follow these steps:
  2. When you see the setup screen, press Shift + F10 to open the Command Prompt.
  3. Type “regedit” and press Enter.
  4. In the left-hand pane, click on the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” option.
  5. Go to the File menu and choose Load Hive.
  6. Locate and load the SAM file in D:\windows\system32\config.
  7. Give a name to your key, like “myKey” or “adminkey”.
  8. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\[key name]\SAM\Domains\Users\000001F4.
  9. Find the F key.
  10. Right-click on it and select Modify.
  11. Go to the 0038 position.
  12. Delete the current value and enter 10.
  13. Click OK to save the changes.
  14. Select the [key name] hive in the left-hand pane.
  15. Go to the File menu and choose Unload Hive.
  16. Confirm and restart your computer.

After the restart, you should see the Administrator account icon on the login screen. You don’t need a password to access your system with this account.

Note that the registry method is a bit complicated compared to just entering a single line in the Command Prompt window.

However, the registry editor can be useful if your keyboard is not working properly. With the registry method, you can navigate and make changes using your mouse.

A Few Extra Tips

To avoid doing all this work, you can enable your Administrator account after every fresh Windows installation. Use Method 1 for an easier way to do it.

Depending on your drive designations, you may need to change the letter D to C, E, A, or whatever letter you used.

Before trying to enable Load Hive, make sure you click on the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE option. Some users have reported that this option appears greyed out. This can happen if you haven’t selected the HKEY option first. It can also happen if you try to use Method 3 from your user account.

To run the regedit tool with Administrator rights, follow the steps below:

  1. Press the Windows key.
  2. Type “regedit” and press Enter.
  3. Right-click on regedit and choose Run as administrator.

The Importance of the Administrator Account

If you want to set restrictions for regular user accounts, you can only do it with the Administrator account. While you can make some changes from user accounts with limited administrative privileges, these changes can be easily bypassed or altered by other users.

Using the Administrator account is also helpful if you’ve forgotten your user account password and need to log into your system. It can also be used to bypass someone’s password on their personal laptop.

It’s important to note that the Administrator account in Windows 8 doesn’t have a set password. If you enable it using the methods mentioned above, you can log in by simply clicking on the Administrator icon.

This can be convenient when you’re in a hurry, but it can also lead to security breaches if someone gets access to your computer. Luckily, once you’ve enabled the Administrator account, you can password protect it using the Control Panel, just like any other user account.

Leave a Comment

Do not miss this experience!

Ask us any questions

Get in touch