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How to enable the Administrator Account, the Guest Account, or both.

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When the Windows 10 operating system is installed it will automatically make a User account (this account will have the name you give it during the setup process). By default, the User account that is created has administrator rights and is the main account for the computer. The operating system will also automatically create two additional accounts which, by default, are both kept inactive. One is the Guest account and the other is the Administrator account.

Follow these steps to enable the Administrator account, the Guest account, or both.

  1. Right-click the Start button, or press the Windows Logo + X key combination on the keyboard and, from the list, click to select Command Prompt (Admin).Command Prompt (Admin)

    NOTE: If prompted for an administrator password or a User Account Control prompt is displayed, click Yes.

  2. In the Administrator: Command Prompt window, type net user and then press the Enter key.Administrator: Command Prompt  - net user

    NOTE: You will see both the Administrator and Guest accounts listed.

    • To activate the Administrator account, type the following command; net user administrator /active:yes and then press the Enter key.
      net user administrator /active:yes
    • To activate the Guest account, type the following command; net user guest /active:yes and then press the Enter key.
      net user guest /active:yes
  3. Once the Administrator account is enabled, you can sign in to the computer using this account.

    IMPORTANT: By default the Administrator account is not password protected. If you are planning to sign in to the computer using the Administrator account, it is recommended that you password protect the account .