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How to enable Administrator account on Windows 11

Windows 11 lets you enable the built-in Administrator account in at least three ways, and here's how.

Windows 11 Administrator account enabled

On Windows 11, you can enable the built-in “Administrator” account in at least three ways, and in this guide, we’ll show you how. Although the Administrator account comes disabled by default since it’s not required and could impose a security risk, advanced users and network administrators may sometimes need the account to troubleshoot problems and manage system settings. 

The local built-in account is similar to any other admin account, but it comes without the User Account Control (UAC) enabled which runs everything elevated (with administrator permissions).

Whether the reason might be, even though the Administrator account does not appear in the Settings app, Windows 11 offers at least three ways to enable it using Command Prompt, PowerShell, or Computer Management.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to enable (or disable) the built-in Administrator account whether you have Windows 11 Pro or Windows 11 Home.

Enable Administrator account on Windows 11 using Command Prompt

To enable the local Administrator account with Command Prompt on Windows 11 Pro or Home, use these steps:

  1. Open Start on Windows 11.

  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to enable the Windows 11 Administrator account and press Enter:

    net user "Administrator" /active:yes

    Windows 11 enable Administrator account command

Once you complete the steps, you can sign out of the current account and sign in with the Administrator account.

If you no longer need the local account, you can use the same instruction to disable it, but on step No. 3, make sure to use this command: net user "Administrator" /active:no.

Enable Administrator account on Windows 11 using PowerShell

To enable the Administrator account with PowerShell on Windows 11 Pro or Home, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to enable the built-in Administrator account and press Enter:

    Get-LocalUser -Name "Administrator" | Enable-LocalUser

    PowerShell enable Admin account

After you complete the steps, the default Administrator account will be enabled, and available from the Sign-in screen.

When you no longer need the account, use the same instructions outlined above to disable it, but on step No. 3, make sure to use this command: Get-LocalUser -Name "Administrator" | Disable-LocalUser.

Enable Administrator account on Windows 11 using Computer Management

To turn on the Administrator account with Computer Management, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Computer Management and click the top result to open the app.

  3. Expand the Local Users and Groups branch.

  4. Expand the Users branch.

  5. On the right side, right-click the Administrator account, and select the Properties option.

    Computer Management users

  6. Clear the Account is disabled option.

    Enable Administrator account

  7. Click the Apply button.

  8. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the built-in Administrator local account on Windows 10 will be available from the Sign-in screen.

If you want to disable the account, you can use the instructions, but on step No. 6, make sure to check the Account is disabled option.