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.

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

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

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5. Now click Proceed in the following window:

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

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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 in Windows - Consumer and a Microsoft Content Creator. He recommends that you create a system restore point first before tweaking the registry.
  • Fran

    I tried it but a window came up which said it could not be done in my edition of Windows 8. Mine is neither Pro nor Enterprise so I guess that’s why. I hope someone comes up with a TweakUi program that will do it. Thank you for your work!

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ We tested it on Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition and it worked fine. You must be running pro or enterprise build to follow this tutorial :)

  • edterry

    Finally, an answer that works! Thanks!

  • Alex

    whatever i try, it says access denied :( can’t switch to the administrator account, and can’t even do anything that requires administrative right anymore, it doesn’t even ask for a password

  • Jim

    Every single thing I try to do, Win 8.1 wants the Administrator password, I NEVER entered one! Now what can I do? Step number 1 here, as soon as I click to RUN, it wants the password. NOTHING is working. This is Windows 8.1, NOT windows 8

  • Jim

    I NEVER made an Administrator password! When I click on Windows Key + R, it ask for the password. There i9s NONE! Ok, mental midget, now what? NOTHING works without the password, NOTHING!

  • Jim

    the command prompt in 8.1 DEMANDS the administrator password. I NEVER made one! So, mental midge, now what?

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ Please read the condition mentioned in the article:

    “in order to enable it, we need user who is the part of default administrator group”

  • Dan

    There is no local users and groups section for me

  • patty

    I’m having same problem – no local users & groups section, can’t run as admin, can’t switch my act to admin, can’t enable UAC, etc. Have you gotten help yet?

  • Mr-DJ

    Problem similar to other posters. The guidelines given above do not work with Windows 8.1.

    I have 8.1 Basic (Home – NOT RT, Pro, or Enterprise) Edition and when following directions above, when I attempt to RUN: lusrmgr.msc, it tells me that access feature does not work with Windows 8.1, and to go in through the Control Panel. But there is no “Local Users and Groups” when I go in to check it the normal way.

    And when I checked my “users” status, there are only two: Myself (indicated as Administrator), and Guest which was blank. And if I attempt to change my logon, it says I cannot “change FROM Admin to Standard User unless I first create another Admin.”

    So this tells me I am already logging in as Admin, yet there are numerous files I still cannot open, or delete, etc.. due to lack of Admin approval / authority / etc… And I have changed permissions everywhere it allowed me to, to FULL CONTROL. So if I am already God, who am I still answering to????

  • http://www.kapilarya.com/ Kapil Arya

    ^^ I have already mentioned that this would work only for Pro and Enterprise editions as far as LUSRMGR is concerned. You may try to create a new admin account and see if it sort your problems :)

  • Shelley Robinson

    Hi have you had any luck with this please?

  • Dave

    There are other ways to access this same panel for people with versions of Windows 8/Windows 8.1 that do not properly open lusrmgr.msc:

    1. You can open an explorer windows by clicking the folder icon in your Quick Launch/Start Bar at the bottom of the screen. Once Explorer is open, right-click ‘This PC’ and click ‘Manage’. This requires administrator rights. This gives you access to a wide variety of MMC snap-ins, one of which is ‘Local Users and Groups’. You can enable the Administrator account from here.

    2. You can also access the same MMC snap-in by pressing WINDOWS+R on your keyboard (open the Run… dialog box) and enter the command ‘control userpasswords2′. This gives you further control, via MMC snap-ins, of User data/profiles.

    Hope that helps!

  • morgo444

    oh dear.. the point here is that a number of normal users are trying to access their system as administrator and you provide an answer that needs administrator privileges……lord help us….

  • Malcolm

    There are two key requirements for accessing the Local Users and Groups snapin (lusrmgr.msc):
    1. You must be logged in with an account that has Administrator privileges.
    Check out your User Account in the User Accounts tool in the Control Panel if you are not certain that you have Administrator privileges.
    2. You must have either the Pro or Enterprise version of Windows 8/8.1. While the Home version does indeed have the Local Users and Groups snapin installed, it is disabled, and displays the message “This snapin may not be used with this edition of Windows 8/8.1. To manage user accounts for this computer, use the User Accounts tool in the Control Panel”
    The actual Administrator account is never visible in the User Accounts tool in the Control Panel of the Home version.
    Unless you can meet both conditions, just give up.

  • luke

    none of these are working for me. please help. urgent. I don’t have permission to access my hard drive. and all these solutions still get stopped with acess denied. i acidentally denied my self permission while i was trying to share my drive. now locked myself out.

  • luke

    windows 8

  • NoOne3584

    Then you could state that in the title or beginning of the article. :)

  • Jim

    run command prompt (Admin)
    type: net user administrator /active:yes
    then hit enter
    the Administrator user should now show up in Control Panel (User Accounts)

  • MarkG70

    i try this and it doesn’t work, it says the command is succesful but when i try to logon the administrator account is again deactivate

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