Unlock Windows Vista Super Administrator Account

by on October 30th, 2007

Inside Windows Vista, there’s a secret Administrator account, and it’s different from the normal administrator account you most likely have set up on your PC. This Administrator account is not part of the Administrator group. It’s a kind of superadministrator, akin to the root account in Unix, and by default it’s turned off and hidden. (In describing this hack, we’ll always use the capital “A” for the secret Administrator account, and a lowercase “a” for a normal administrator account.)

In versions of Windows before Windows Vista, the Administrator account wasn’t hidden, and many people used it as their main or only account. This Administrator account had full rights over the computer.

In Windows Vista, Microsoft changed that. In Vista, the Administrator account is not subject to UAC, but normal administrator accounts are. So the Administrator can make any changes to the system and will see no UAC prompts.

Turning on the Administrator account is straightforward. First, open an elevated command prompt by typing cmd into the Search box on the Start menu, right-clicking the command prompt icon that appears at the top of the Start menu, then selecting Run as administrator — or just use the shortcut you created in the previous hack.

Then enter this command and press Enter

Net user administrator /active:yesFrom now on, the Administrator account will appear as an option on the Welcome screen, along with any user accounts you may have set up. Use it like any other account. Be aware that it won’t have a password yet, so it’s a good idea to set a password for it.

If you want to disable the account and hide it, enter this command at an elevated command prompt and press Enter:

Net user administrator /active:no


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  1. tannpopo says:

    There’s a way to reset Administrator password and it doesn’t involve reformatting and reinstalling Windows. The solution is called Windows Password Reset 7.0. It can reset almost all Windows passwords in seconds. you can log in again just in one second. It also support windows 7 password reset.

  2. fiona says:

    Forgot or lost Administrator Password? Have been locked out of computer? Would you like to choose to reinstall the OS or reset admin password? There are some commen Windows password recovery solutions for you to bypass Windows password without data loss or reinstalling!

    1.Download Windows Password Unlocker from Password Unlocker Official site

    2.Decompress the Windows password unlocker and note that there is an .ISO image file. Burn the image file onto an blank CD with the burner freely supported by Password Unlocker.

    3.Insert the newly created CD into the locked computer and re-boot it from the CD drive.

    4.After launched the CD, a window pop up with all your account names(if you have several accounts) select one of the accounts that you have forgotten its password to reset it. Just one press, you have removed the password.

  3. fiona says:

    Usually, we can recover Windows admin password in two traditional ways. The first is to change Screen password with another admin account, ; the second is to recover the previous password with the windows password reset disk that had been created before you forgot the password. Take Windows XP for example,

    1 At the Windows XP login prompt when the password is entered incorrectly click the reset button in the login failed window.

    2 Insert the password reset diskette into the computer and click Next.

    3 If the correct diskette Windows XP will open a window prompting for the new password you wish to use.

    However, we offen ignore the important of security until we have been locked out of computer. Fortunately, there is still the last way that can unlock your computer without reinstalling – erase Windows password with Windows password reset CD, which can recover admin password for Windows 7/XP/Vista/NT/2000/2003…. Take Windows Password unlocker for example, followings are the steps to create the reset CD

    1.Download Windows Password Unlocker from Password Unlocker Official site

    2.Decompress the Windows password unlocker and note that there is an .ISO image file. Burn the image file onto an blank CD with the burner freely supported by Password Unlocker.

    3.Insert the newly created CD into the locked computer and re-boot it from the CD drive.

    4.After launched the CD, a window pop up with all your account names(if you have several accounts) select one of the accounts that you have forgotten its password to reset it. Just one press, this software can remove screen password instantly.

  4. Rob says:

    I followed this previous post, but as I’m now in WINDOW 7, it does not have the same sequence. Ideally, I’m looking to create a UAC ‘Whitelist’ rather than turn it off. In Vista I used the Norton UAC tool that lets certain programs run and not others. I’m not nagged by many programs, but Sibelius 4 does nag each time I load it.

  5. Koman90 says:

    I have an easier, or more familiar, way that dosn’t involve the command prompt.
    accept any UAC dialog boxes that appear, there might be quite a few of them so get ready

    1. Click ‘start’
    2. Right click computer, then click manage
    3. In The Left hand pane double click system tools, followed by local users and groups and then users
    4. Right click ‘Administrator’ and click properties
    5. Uncheck ‘Account is disabled’ to enable the account, and click OK

    you can also use this process to turn the account off
    by the way you can use this on windows 7 as well too.

  6. Darlene Khan says:

    Hi Keyboard was faulty or somethin I had disabled the account lockout period obviously not properly. Locked out of Windows XP on home PC any faster way than using SAM or password changer. I also disabled Guest as someone at old home I think logged onto my PC to snop around. Thanks

  7. Rob says:

    As I have a number of visual basic programs that I wrote, I have had to make my account the super administrator so I’m not nagged by UAC. I have no other user account as I’m the only user, so it’s super with documents and outlook working perfectly. Any problems with this? I can’t think there are as the super admin account was previously hidden anyway. Will UAC pop up a message if a web .exe tries to start up? It all seems very happy operating only as a super administrator.

  8. Hiroshi says:

    @vikram reddy: There are number of ways. i.e.
    1- Use bootable CD to log into Windows as another user
    2- Use Active Password Changer (http://www.password-changer.com)
    3- I recommed you another way relating to sam files.
    There is a location in Windows Xp as
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\config
    There are two files 1- SAM.txt and 2- SAM
    These files contain user information.
    Delete these and password will be removed on all accounts.
    Now you are not in Windows. You have encountered a screen asking you password. And you need to go to the path
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\config
    to remove SAM files. Use another PC. Connect your hard disk with locked account in that, run that other PC with connected 2nd hard disk and browse its C drive for that location and delete SAM files. You are done.

  9. vikram reddy says:

    Hi this is vikram.Can u tell me,how to unlock the computers administrator password.