Enable And Activate The Hidden Administrator Account in Windows 8

Enable The Admin Account The admin account is hidden by default, here’s how you would activate the administrator account in Windows 8 and then access it:



Why is the administrator account disabled by default?

In operating systems such as Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Windows 8 by default Microsoft has disabled the built-in Administrator account which has unrestricted privileges on entire PC for security reasons. When the built-in Administrator account is enabled and a user tries to perform any administrative task using this Administrator account no User Account Control confirmation box is displayed.

Therefore in order to make the computer secure it is always recommended to keep this Administrator account disabled and only enable it to complete admin tasks.

Let’s take a look at how to enable this built-in Administrator account:

1 Log into your Windows 8 computer with any account that has administrative privileges.

2 From the available options displayed on the screen click on Desktop.

Start Screen Desktop Tiles2

3 Press Windows + R keys simultaneously in order to open the Run command box and in the available field type GPEDIT.MSC command and hit the enter key.
Type GPEDIT.MSC
4 On Local Group Policy Editor snap-in under Computer Configuration from the left pane expand Windows Settings.

5 Expand the option Security Settings and then expand Local Policies.

6 From there,  click on Security Options and from the right pane double-click on Accounts: Administrator account status option.
Go to Local Policies
7 On the opened box click on Enabled radio button to select and click on Ok button to save changes.

Select Enabled and click Ok

8 Close Local Group Policy Editor snap-in and restart your computer to allow the changes to take effect.

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One Response to Enable And Activate The Hidden Administrator Account in Windows 8

  1. Shin said:

    What should be done if it says “Failed to save Local Policy Database”?

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