Only a few people know about a hidden administrator account in Windows 10 that can be useful in emergency conditions when your regular user account is not working for some reason. But before you can use this hidden administrator account in Windows 10, you must enable it first as this user account is not active by default. You cannot enable this administrator account using the usual Windows Control Panel or Settings window. In order to enable this hidden account, you have to make use of the elevated command prompt window. Here is how:
- Press the hotkey Win+X to open the administrative menu and then select Command Prompt (Admin) from there to open the elevated command prompt. Alternatively, you can also right-click on the Start button to access the admin menu instead of using Win+X.
- In the command prompt type net user Administrator /Active:yes and press Enter.
- Now you can log out of your usual user account and try to login with the now-enabled Administrator account. Since you will be logging to the hidden Administrator account for the very first time, Windows 10 will take some time to prepare this account.
After you have done system modifications or anything else using the Administrator account, you can sign out from this user account. For the security reasons, this Administrator user account should be kept disabled when not in use. In order to disable the Administrator user account, you have to once again open an elevated command prompt and type the command : net user Administrator /Active:no and press the Enter key.
The hidden administrator user account can be used to perform some of tasks that require admin level access. For example, if your regular user account becomes corrupt and you can no longer use it without running into many errors popping up on your screen, then you can use the Administrator account to fix the problems that could be causing the file corruption in your other user profile.