Enable Local Administrator Account For Windows 8.1 In WorkGroup Mode

Previously, I posted about how to track user activities for Windows 8.1 in WorkGroup mode. Today, I came to know that the Local Administrator account is disabled by default, of course in WorkGroup mode. The settings made in WorkGroup mode are different one than those of Active Directory Domain. So, the procedure to enable built-in administrator account requires a different approach.

An administrator account is the at the hierarchy to manage all the activities for a system. Since the local administrator account is disabled by default, so in order to enable it, we need user who is the part of default administrator group. He can easily enable built-in administrator account using the steps illustrated below:

Activate Administrator Account For Windows 8.1 In WorkGroup Mode

1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put lusrmgr.msc in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Local Users and Groups snap-in.

2. In the Local Users and Groups window, click Users from the left pane, then right-click the Administrator in the center pane. Select Properties.


3. In the Administrator Properties window, uncheck the option Account is disabled. Click Apply followed by OK.


4. Again right-click on Administrator and select Set Password in following window:


5. Now click Proceed in the following window:


6. Finally, input a strong password in the following window. Click OK.


In this way, the built-in administrator account is bought out into action. You should notify the administrator about the change you’ve made to the system. This procedure also works in Windows 8.

Hope you find the article useful!

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.