1. Logon to Vista using your usual account.
2. Launch the command prompt - Make sure you select, 'Run as administrator'
3. Net user administrator [email protected]
4. Net user administrator /active:yes
5. Switch User, or logoff
6. Logon as Administrator Password: [email protected]
Detailed Instructions to activate the Administrator
Local Security Method to Enable the Administrator Account
This is how you navigate to the Local Security Policy.
1. ) Click on Vista's Start orb
2. ) In the Start Search dialog box type: secpol.msc
3. ) Go to Local Policy, Security Options
4. ) Double click Accounts: Administrator account status and select enable.
You can also see the resulting Administrator in the Control Panel
Check Vista's User Accounts
Activating this super account provides a good opportunity to examine where you can configure Vista's accounts.
Click on the Start button, Control Panel and select --> User Accounts:
You can check in the GUI whether accounts have activated successfully.
/active:yes the account is visible.
/active:no the User Name disappears from the list below.
Note: Before you can make any changes to any account, you must make sure that this box is checked:
'Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer'. See screenshot below.
The main benefit of activating this hidden Vista Administrator is so that you have access to an account which does not suffer from the annoying UAC dialog box. Although it is possible to suppress the UAC with a local policy, the security may be weakened.
An additional benefit of suppressing the UAC dialog box is the Administrator account has elevated privileges. Running the CMD command from a prompt will not require you to use the 'Run as administrator' option to obtain unrestricted access to the command line.