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How to Enable Administrator Account in Vista Home Premium ?

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Restart your PC in Safe Mode with Networking from boot menu (press f8 when compter starts)

Log onto personal account with admin access.

goto command prompt (start > run > cmd)


net user administrator /active

This should enable admin account.

Written by gchandra

September 3, 2007 at 10:45 pm

Posted in Tips and Tricks, Vista

28 Responses

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  1. It’s work very good. Thanks.


    October 18, 2007 at 1:48 am

  2. I would like to see a continuation of the topic


    December 20, 2007 at 4:08 am

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    hey cool stuff

    January 24, 2008 at 11:38 pm

  5. ok thanks


    February 21, 2008 at 8:43 am

  6. use User Manager for XP/Vista Home ( to do it


    February 23, 2008 at 8:20 am

  7. […] I enabled the Administrator account (which is disabled by default on Vista), then logged in as the Administrator and installed […]

  8. Thanks! To hell with Vista!

    Paulo Brito

    June 5, 2008 at 2:22 pm

  9. You can also shift-click on the Command Prompt start menu item (under accessories for those who don’t know) and select Run as Administrator. Then you can repeat the above command without having to reboot your PC.

    Cheers 😉


    July 3, 2008 at 2:59 pm

  10. Here’s another way to enable the Administrator account in Vista:

    Aseem Kishore

    July 18, 2008 at 4:24 pm

  11. Aseem that only works for Vista Ultimate. Vista Home Premium doesnt have Local Users and Groups in Computer Management.


    July 23, 2008 at 4:11 am

  12. Thanks buddy


    October 1, 2008 at 5:05 am

  13. you can also start cmd as administrator without using safe mode. Just type cmd in the start menu search box, then instead of hitting enter, rt+click the cmd entry and select run as administrator.


    January 30, 2009 at 1:03 pm

  14. Thanx Guys


    February 2, 2009 at 1:49 pm

  15. Thanks Guys & it really works


    February 7, 2009 at 8:00 am

  16. Thanks-that worked and it was easy to do! I tried several other methods and they did not work! This was quick, simple and easy to undrstand. And it worked! Thank you! Thank you!


    February 19, 2009 at 5:56 pm

  17. my personal account is locked forgot the password and administrator account is disabled. how do i enable it without logging onto the machine?

    please help


    February 28, 2009 at 6:01 am

  18. Nice tip. I do prefer, however, this little utility that allows me to do this without having to deal with the command line or multiple steps. I didn’t mind paying the 99 cents (it’s a convenience thing, I pay more for a cup of coffee):


    March 12, 2009 at 1:25 pm

  19. I tried the info given to unlock account on vista home premium, and it comes up with

    The syntax of this command is:

    [username [password : *] [options]] [/DOMAIN]
    username {password : *} /ADD [options] [/DOMAIN]
    username [/DELETE] [/DOMAIN]
    username [/TIMES:{times : ALL]


    Is there something else I should type in because when I log off, the Administrator account isnt there, it only has my personal accounts.


    March 14, 2009 at 5:48 pm

  20. Here’s a tip (kinda funny really)
    Watch the syntax as you should use
    net user administrator /active:yes
    to enable the account, whereas
    net user administrator active:yes
    sets the password to … “active:yes”
    Took me a while to figure this out!

    David Marshall

    April 30, 2009 at 12:07 pm

  21. Hmmmm,

    Hi There,

    Windows Vista Home Premium does not have Local User and Local Group Managment.

    To enable the in-build Administrator account…

    (WARINING: Not Recommended for Security Reasons)

    Click on the Vista Start ICON or such,

    Type: cmd
    Press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER

    Allow the User account control managment…

    Type: net user administrator /active:yes
    ^^Enable the Admin Account
    “net user administrator /active:no
    ^^Disable Admin account

    Logon to Administrator, you will have ‘weird’ access to your operating system,
    This is because you are part of your ‘SYSTEM’.

    Thank you
    Microsoft Help Support

    Joshua Sechos

    May 5, 2009 at 3:00 am

  22. its not working for me?
    it says ‘administrator’ is not recognized as internal or external command, operable program, or batch file


    September 4, 2009 at 8:17 am

  23. hey . k someone changed my laptop password . i use home premium . so i dont have an admin account and i never enabled it. and when ever i go into safe mode it just brings me back to the log in screen but the only difference is that the screen view is wider. i dont know what to do.. plz help. is there a way i can enable the admin account without going in my account.. because basically i cant. because its the only account in the computer.. plz if you do have a way. email me.. plzzz…


    September 24, 2009 at 7:33 am

  24. it worked and thank you guys.

    your booty

    November 17, 2009 at 10:09 am

  25. Hello I have some tips to YOU all !!

    If you own different language Windows than default english !!

    Open you cmd.exe with administrator rights (mouse2 select/run or short keys ctrl+shift+enter) that there read your language word “administrator” upper+left DOS-promp window panel !
    Keep this “different language admin word” in mind !

    Then type dos line (KEEP attention) :
    net user (your-language-admin-word) /active:yes

    example finnish version Windows:
    net user Järjestelmänvalvoja /active:yes

    Then if not appeard any error message, restart PC and you have two account. Default account and Administrator.

    Good Night ❤


    January 3, 2010 at 10:32 am

  26. thank you a lot that is what i need
    i was trying 2 days to login as administrator.
    that worked


    February 22, 2010 at 7:59 am

  27. that is realy working..:-)


    September 3, 2010 at 3:57 am

  28. It works.
    Thanks a lot !


    October 26, 2010 at 8:17 am

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