How to Enable Administrator account in Windows 11

You must have across situations where you need absolute administrative privileges to perform certain tasks on your Windows PC. Well, in this post, we will explain three different ways by which you can enable an Administrator account on Windows 11. These are using CMD, Terminal, and through Computer Management. 

While the first two methods apply to all Windows editions, Computer Management doesn’t work on the Home edition. We also look into the steps involved to create a new user account on Windows 11. 

Enable Administrator account in Windows 11 - Three ways

Local built-in vs Admin account

Though a Local built-in account is capable to perform all tasks on Windows, it often displays the User Account Control (UAC) window whenever you are performing some system-level changes. When such a window appears, all you require is to press the Yes button, and it perfectly allows further processes. 

In contrast to this, when you activate an admin account, there won’t appear any UAC window whenever you are going for system-level changes. Do remember that, enabling an admin account might impose a security risk. So, go for this account only when you are an advanced user, and often requires making some important changes to your PC. 

Ways to enable Administrator account on Windows 11

This post presents three different ways to activate an admin account on Windows 11 and they are as follows –

1] Using Windows PowerShell (Admin)

The most effective way to enable an administrator account on Windows is by using Windows PowerShell (Admin). Let’s know the steps involved to activate your admin account using this tool on Windows 11/10 – 

  • Press Windows + I to launch Power Menu. 
  • Select Terminal (Admin) and this will default open into Windows PowerShell (Admin). 
  • On the terminal, copy/paste the below command, and press Enter – 

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

Enable Administrator account on Windows 11

  • That’s it, you have successfully activated the administrator privileges to your signed-in user account. 
  • From now onward, you will see your default administrator account whenever logging into your device. 

If you ever want to disable this admin account on your computer, you may do so by running the below command on the terminal having administrative privileges. 

Get-LocalUser -Name "Administrator" | Disable-LocalUser

That’s it, your local account will now change to a regular profile. 

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2] Through Command prompt

Another effective way to activate an administrator account on Windows 11 is by using Command Prompt. Here’s what you need to do on your Windows PC – 

  • Press Windows + R to launch the Run dialog.
  • Type CMD on it and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys altogether. 
  • The UAC window may prompt next, hit Yes to authorize opening the Command prompt as an administrator. 
  • On the elevated console, type the following, and press Enter again. 

net user "Administrator" /active:yes

Create an administrator account using CMD

  • Close CMD and restart your PC. From the subsequent login, you will see your local administrator account. Use the passkey to sign into your newly added admin account. 

If you ever want to remove this administrative account from your computer, launch Command Prompt, and run the below code on it. 

net user "Administrator" /active:no

Your account will now turn into a non-admin account. 

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3] Activate the Administrator account using Computer Management

You may enable an administrator account on Windows 11/10 by using Computer Management as well. However, for this, you must be running Windows 11/10 pro or enterprise editions. In case you are using the Home edition, skip this method and follow either the CMD or PowerShell methods. Here’s how to perform this task –

  • Press Win + S to launch Windows Search
  • Type “Computer Management” on it and hit OK
  • Go to Local users and groups and click on Users.
  • Head over to its right pane, and locate the Administrator account
  • When found, right-click on it, and choose the Properties option. 
  • The administrative properties window will pop up next. 
  • Go to General and untick the box left of – “Account is disabled“.

In the end, click Apply and then OK to confirm the recent changes.  Restart your computer and check if the new admin account works fine in your case. 

Note: If you ever want to remove the local account having admin privileges, reach out to the Administrative properties window, and tick the box – “Account is disabled”. Click Apply > OK to confirm disabling your administrative account on your Windows PC. 

How do I create a new user account in Windows 11?

To create a new user account in Windows, use these steps –

  • Open Settings by pressing Windows + I
  • Select Accounts on the left sidebar and head over to the right pane.
  • You have three different options to create a new account here. Choose the one that suits your purpose –
    • Email & Accounts: To add a new Microsoft account.
    • Family: To add a new account and pass it to your child, spouse, or siblings.
    • Other users: You may go for this option when you are providing your device to other people.
  • After you select any option, click Add account inside that. 

Now, follow the on-screen instructions to complete creating a new account on your computer. 

Note: At times users search for creating a local account instead of continuing on their Microsoft accounts. If that’s the case, you better go to Settings > Accounts > Your info and click “Sign in with a Local account instead” under Account settings. 

That’s it, I hope you find this guide useful and now you are able to enable an administrative account on your Windows 11/10 PC. If you have any queries related to this article, do ask us in the comment section. 

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