Hello! Before Windows XP, all system users were administrators. Of course, this was a huge security hole. Therefore, Microsoft implemented a permission system for users. Since then, an account can have limited user permissions or more full administrator access. In Windows 10 there is even a third level corresponding to Guest. Which is even more restrictive. However, Windows 10 provides an account with privileges greater than the administrator. In today’s post, we will see how to enable the super administrator account in Windows 10.
What is the super administrator account in Windows 10?
This account is more or less the equivalent of the Root user in GNU/Linux. In fact, it is disabled by default. It has full access to the system configuration. In GNU/Linux this account is managed through the sudo command. While in Windows it is controlled by UAC. That behaves as a window that warns when attempting changes to the system.
Advantages of using this account:
- When enabled, UAC messages will no longer appear.
- It is possible to execute all types of commands in CMD or PowerShell without restrictions.
- It implies total control over the system. Therefore, we will be able to troubleshoot the operating system much better.
- Consider losing access to a certain account. Well, the super administrator can access it. Even to the saved files. No matter how private they are.
Risks of activating the super administrator account.
There are certainly many advantages to using this account. However, they can also bring problems. The most serious of them is that it has no password. This means that anyone could have total and absolute control over the computer. Of course, we will teach you how to assign a password. But it is something you should be aware of. On the other hand, it is well known that this account has much more privileges than the administrator account. This implies that if an app runs with this level of permissions, it will have full control over the system. And if it is malware, then the consequences would be serious.
How to activate the super administrator account in Windows
This is a very simple process that is performed with a single command. Moreover, the method is the same since Windows XP. The only requirement is to do it from an account with administrator privileges. Obviously we will not be able to do it from a user account. Then open a CMD with administrator privileges and enter the following command:
net user administrator /active:yes
That’s all! You are now ready to start using the super administrator account.
Enabling the account through the Local Users and Groups manager.
We can still enable this account using the computer management tools. With this in mind, press the Win+X combination and click on Computer Management.
In the next window, please scroll down to Local Users and Groups. Then click on Users
When you click on the Administrator account, you will see that you are disabled. Please uncheck the corresponding box and save the changes. This will make the account active.
How to set the password to the super administrator account
We have noticed that this account is activated without a password. This implies a serious security risk. But don’t worry, let’s see how to assign it. Once again we will use a CMD as administrator and enter the following syntax:
net user administrator password
Please remember to change the password to the value you have chosen.
How to deactivate the super administrator account in Windows 10.
In case you no longer wish to use this account, it is possible to deactivate it. To do this, once again from a CMD with administrator privileges, run the following command:
net user administrator /active:no
And the super administrator account will be deactivated.
Deactivating the super administrator account with the computer management tools.
To do so, we will repeat the steps described above. But this time you must check the box corresponding to the disabled account. Okay, we have seen how to enable the super administrator account in Windows 10. Please use this feature carefully. See you later!