Enable or Disable Admin Account in Windows 7
Microsoft provides three type of user accounts in its Windows OS. Administrator account, Standard user account, Guest user account.
They all have different controls and authorizations as per user needs. You will know how to enable administrator account and disable it back.
First, understand the difference between Windows user account types as below:
Type of Windows User Accounts
Administrator Account: Administrator user account has a complete access to install and remove software and can make any changes to system settings.
The administrators may be prompted to provide its password for confirmation before being allowed to open as per your given command, and make changes that affect the system or other users too.
Standard User Account: A standard user account can use most of the installed software and change system settings that do not affect other user accounts.
If a Standard account user wants to make such kind of changes, which may affect other user account, UAC (user account control) prompted to your screen and will ask to enter administrator password to get the given command done.
Guest User Account: Basically, a Guest account allows users to access limited features to have temporary access to your computer.
For example, if someone using the Guest user account, cannot install software or change settings either. Default Guest account cannot be password protected.
Note: Windows 10 does not have an ability to add Guest account.
Windows 7 Administrator Account – Enable/Disable
Follow the steps given below to disable or enable administrator account in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
- Click Start, type cmd in the Start Search box.
- In the search results list, right-click on cmd or Command Prompt, and then select Run as Administrator.
- Click Continue, when you are prompted by User Account Control.
- To Enable: At the command prompt, type net user administrator /active:yes, and then press Enter. Make sure command typed correctly.
- To Disable: At the command prompt, type net user administrator /active:no, and then press Enter. Check image below:
- Type exit, and then press Enter button on your keyboard.
- Log off the current user account. Now, you may login with disabled or enabled administrator account with all rights and ready to make changes into your computer.