Something about Built-In Administrator Account
With the release of NTFS oriented Microsoft-based operating systems, the concept of administrator and standard user accounts was also introduced. An Administrator account in any NTFS oriented Microsoft-based operating system is the user account that holds elevated privileges and can perform administrative tasks on the computer. Administrative tasks may include creating or deleting other user accounts, adding the created user accounts to different groups, granting administrative privileges to the trustworthy user accounts, installing or uninstalling applications, etc.
When an operating system is installed on a computer, a built-in Administrator account is automatically created and is added to the Administrators group. As a result, the built in Administrator account receives unrestricted privileges. In Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP, by default, these built-in Administrator accounts were enabled and the Windows installation process allowed the installers to specify the passwords for the Administrator accounts. On the other hand, in Microsoft Windows Vista and above operating systems, the built-in Administrator accounts are always disabled by default. During the installation process the installers can create a new user account which is automatically added to the Administrators group, hence providing unrestricted and elevated privileges to the account.
This default configuration works quite well in coordination with the User Account Control feature that is integrated in Microsoft Windows Vista and all post Microsoft Windows Vista operating systems. Although the user account that is created during the installation of the operating systems belongs to Administrators group, the User Account Control still becomes applicable on these accounts. On the other hand, the built-in Administrator account remains unaffected from the User Account Control limitations.
In order to maintain the security of a computer, it is strongly recommended that the built-in Administrator account should never be enabled whatsoever. In case unrestricted elevated privileges are still required to perform certain tasks, it is advisable to initiate the elevated command prompt by right-clicking ‘Command Prompt’ from ‘Start > All Programs > Accessories’ and clicking ‘Run as administrator’.
How to Enable Built-In Administrator Account in Microsoft Windows 8?
As mentioned above, although it is not at all recommended to enable the built-in Administrator account, in certain circumstances if it has to be enabled, the steps given below must be followed:
- Log on to Windows 8 computer with administrator account.
- On the Start window, click the Desktop icon.
- On the desktop screen, click Windows Explorer icon from the taskbar.
- On the opened Libraries window, from the navigation pane in the left, right-click Computer.
- From the displayed context menu, click Manage.
- On the Computer Management snap-in, in the left pane, expand Local Users and Groups container under the System Tools tree.
- From the displayed sub-containers, click to select Users.
- In the right pane, right-click the Administrator account and from the context menu, click Properties.
- On the Administrator Properties box, make sure that the General tab is selected.
- Uncheck the Account is disabled checkbox.
- Click OK to enable the built-in Administrator account.