Deep inside the bowels of Windows Vista, there’s a secret Administrator account, and it’s different from the normal administrator account you most likely have set up on your PC. This Administrator account is not part of the Administrator group. (Confused yet? You should be.) It’s a kind of superadministrator, akin to the root account in Unix, and by default it’s turned off and hidden. (In describing this hack, we’ll always use the capital “A” for the secret Administrator account, and a lowercase “a” for a normal administrator account.)

In versions of Windows before Windows Vista, the Administrator account wasn’t hidden, and many people used it as their main or only account. This Administrator account had full rights over the computer.

In Windows Vista, Microsoft changed that. In Vista, the Administrator account is not subject to UAC, but normal administrator accounts are. So the Administrator can make any changes to the system and will see no UAC prompts.

Turning on the Administrator account is straightforward. First, open an elevated command prompt by typing cmd into the Search box on the Start menu, right-clicking the command prompt icon that appears at the top of the Start menu, then selecting Run as administrator — or just use the shortcut you created in the previous hack.

Then enter this command and press Enter:

Net user administrator /active:yes

From now on, the Administrator account will appear as an option on the Welcome screen, along with any user accounts you may have set up. Use it like any other account. Be aware that it won’t have a password yet, so it’s a good idea to set a password for it.

If you want to disable the account and hide it, enter this command at an elevated command prompt and press Enter:

Net user administrator /active:no

21 Comments

  1. nimd4 says:

    “First, open an elevated command prompt by typing cmd into the Search box on the Start menu, right-clicking the command prompt icon that appears at the top of the Start menu, then selecting Run as administrator — or just use the shortcut you created in the previous hack.”

    & you will be password prompted; so what’s the point of turning on the account? If a user doesn’t have an admin password, he’s locked out anyway.

  2. zedi says:

    i an not the adminstrator…….so i cant install anything..my mom locked it….now i want to make a secret account now…..so ifollowes every step then it says tha acces denied….why?? and how??

  3. Abdul Qader says:

    Thanks, i have created the account but when i go ahead and try to delete it, it gives me an error with the syntax. I’ve tried it time and again; same thing. Apparently, the second command given (…/active:no) isn’t enough and something more is required. Any help?

    (and no, my admin account does NOT have a password)

  4. pauline says:

    why does it say access denied??!?!?

  5. Achintha says:

    It is not working ; cmd is display System error 5 has occurred.

  6. Andy says:

    very good!
    BTW, there is another good solution.

    I have downloaded Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 . it not only supports XP, 2000, and NT, I have personally tested it with Vista Home Premium and Ultimate. It works perfectly to reset any local user account to a blank password. I Wrote it to an old 128mb USB flash drive do this. Booting up and clearing a password takes a minute or two works like a charm.

  7. coco says:

    Usually, we can recover Windows admin password in two traditional ways. The first is to change Screen password with another admin account, ; the second is to recover the previous password with the windows password reset disk that had been created before you forgot the password. Take Windows XP for example,

    1 At the Windows XP login prompt when the password is entered incorrectly click the reset button in the login failed window.

    2 Insert the password reset diskette into the computer and click Next.

    3 If the correct diskette Windows XP will open a window prompting for the new password you wish to use.

    However, we offen ignore the important of security until we have been locked out of computer. Fortunately, there is still the last way that can unlock your computer without reinstalling – erase Windows password with Windows password reset CD, which can recover admin password for Windows 7/XP/Vista/NT/2000/2003…. Take Windows Password unlocker for example, followings are the steps to create the reset CD

    1.Download Windows Password Unlocker from Password Unlocker Official site

    2.Decompress the Windows password unlocker and note that there is an .ISO image file. Burn the image file onto an blank CD with the burner freely supported by Password Unlocker.

    3.Insert the newly created CD into the locked computer and re-boot it from the CD drive.

    4.After launched the CD, a window pop up with all your account names(if you have several accounts) select one of the accounts that you have forgotten its password to reset it. Just one press, this software can remove screen password instantly.

  8. anonymous says:

    1. I have forgotten my password and cant remember it
    2. My account is an admin
    3. I cannot find my vista disk so i cannot re-install it
    4. I am the only admin
    5. I have another account but it has parental controls enabled
    6. I have tried enable super admin but i need the admin password (which i have forgotten)
    please post a reply of how to fix this please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  9. jkl381 says:

    It would help if you answered.. I need answers too.

  10. Gert says:

    If you want to know passwords, I’ve got only one word to say :Ophcrack.
    If you don’t know what that is, goole it

  11. daniel says:

    is there a way to boot ophcrack from a usb flash drive rather than a cd ?

  12. liam says:

    this doesn’t work because i don’t know the administrators password

  13. ryan says:

    i an not the adminstrator…….so i cant install anything..my mom locked it….now i want to make a secret account now…..so ifollowes every step then it says tha acces denied….why?? and how??

    .
    February 23, 2009Abdul Qader.
    // UNCLASSIFED //
    well for one thing your mom has changed your account to a lower level user account. second she made sure that you cant change anything by editing the group policy on the computer. but you still might have a chance of getting that back if you really want it. how? for #1 you should check the registry to see if she blocked (cmd) if she did than turn the switch off by changing the value. if you cant get into the registry editor than she changed the policy, you would have to bypass the computer by doing the complete oposite of wat she did. first you are going to change the Group Policy editor so you have access to the registry editor. then you do wat you need to do to get another admin account :)

  14. ASH says:

    Administrator account ask for code??????

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