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How to Enable Windows 10 Administrator Account

Enable or Disable Administrator Account On Login Screen in Windows 10

When you are on the login or welcome screen, the Administrator account is not an option by default in Microsoft Windows 10. You can enable this feature with the following steps.

 

Method 1 – Via Command

  1. Hold the Windows Key while pressing “R” to bring up the Windows Run dialog box.
  2. Type: net user administrator /active:yes
  3. Press “Enter“.

Replace “yes” with “no” to disable the admin account on the welcome screen.

Method 2 – From Admin Tools

  1. Hold the Windows Key while pressing “R” to bring up the Windows Run dialog box.
  2. Type “lusrmgr.msc“, then press “Enter“.
  3. Open “Users“.
  4. Select “Administrator“.
  5. Uncheck or check “Account is disabled” as desired.
  6. Select “OK“.

Method 3 – From Registry

  1. Hold the Windows Key while pressing “R” to bring up the Windows Run dialog box.
  2. Type “regedit“, then press “Enter“.
  3. Navigate to the following:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    • SOFTWARE
    • Microsoft
    • Windows NT
    • CurrentVersion
    • Winlogon
    • SpecialAccounts
    • UserList
  4. On the right side, right-click on “UserList” and select “New” > “DWORD Value“.
  5. Give the value a name of “Administrator“. Press the “Enter” key when you are done.
  6. Close the Registry Editor and restart the computer.

Delete the “Administrator” value to turn it off and prevent it from appearing on the Welcome screen.

Method 4 – Group Policy

Note: This will not work in Home editions of Windows 10.

  1. Hold the Windows Key while pressing “R” to bring up the Windows Run dialog box.
  2. Type “gpedit.msc“, then press “Enter“.
  3. Navigate to the following:
    • Local Computer Configuration
    • Windows Settings
    • Security Settings
    • Local Policies
    • Security Options
    • Accounts: Administrator Account Status
  4. Enable or Disable the setting as desired.
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