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Windows 7: Built-In Administrator Account

30 Mar 2011   #1
Buddahfan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Built-In Administrator Account

I have a couple of questions regarding the Built-In Administrator Account

First some info.

1. I purchased my computer in January 2011
2. I am the sole user of the computer
3. I have set up two accounts with Administrator privileges. Each one has its own unique name and unique password.
4. The Account Control settings are set to the maximum level of security.
5. The Built-In Administrator Account is currently not enabled; i.e it is "Inactive"
6. Password last set was in July 2009.
7. I have the Windows installation disks that came with the computer.
8. I am using Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium
9. I have been able to locate and read several tutorials on the Built-In Administrator account including those on how to enable it and how to change the user name but I have not been able to locate a tutorial on how to change the password.

What I would like to do

1. I would like to change the password on the Built-In Administrator Account

Questions:

1. Is there a tutorial that will tell me how to do this with Windows Home Premium?

2. Do I firstly have to enable the Built-In Administrator at the command prompt and reboot before I can change the Built-In Administrator Account password?

3. After enabling the Built-In Administrator Account will it show up among the user list when I go to log into Windows?

4. How do I gain access to the Built-In Administrator Account once it is enabled if it has a password that was set 18 months before I purchased the computer and don't know what the password is?

5. After enabling the Built-In Administrator Account do I just log in as to my regular Administrator account go to User Accounts---Manage Another Account and change the password to the Built-In Administrator Account even though I don't know what the original password is?

6. Or do I have to log into the Built-In Administrator Account in order to change its password?

7. How would I log into the Built-In Administrator Account if I don't know the password?

Thanks


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30 Mar 2011   #2
Orbital Shark

 
 

Hi,

The built in Admin account should have no password. It's not set when Windows is installed.

The following will give you more info...

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
Built-in Administrator Account - Change Name

Once you have the admin account enabled you can then set a password using User Accounts and Family Safety.
Note   Note
You will only be able to change the password logged in as the built-in Admin account



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30 Mar 2011   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Hello Buddahfan

In addition, once you have enabled and logged on to the built-in Administrator account, you would just create a password for it like any other user account.
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30 Mar 2011   #4
Buddahfan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
Hi,

The built in Admin account should have no password. It's not set when Windows is installed.

The following will give you more info...

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
Built-in Administrator Account - Change Name

Once you have the admin account enabled you can then set a password using User Accounts and Family Safety.
Note   Note
You will only be able to change the password logged in as the built-in Admin account



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Thanks I have already read those

When I went to the Accessories---Command Prompt I right clicked to run as Administrator. At the command prompt I typed in Net User Administrator and the system provided me with a bunch of information about the Built-In Administrator Account.

It said among other things

1. Account Active --- No
2. Password last set --- 7/xx/09 xx:xx.xx PM
3. Password expires ---- Never
4. Password changeable --- same date as above
5. Password required ---- yes
6. User may change password --- yes

As I typed above I had already read those Tutorials before starting the thread and did not see anything in them on how to change the password or help me in answering any of the above questions that I asked, at least not that I could see, otherwise I would not have asked the questions.
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30 Mar 2011   #5
Orbital Shark

 
 

I would advise that you enable the account and log on to see if it actually has a password. It could be that the system is relating the installation date password date and thus giving false information.
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30 Mar 2011   #6
Buddahfan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Buddahfan

In addition, once you have enabled and logged on to the built-in Administrator account, you would just create a password for it like any other user account.
Thanks but I knew this.

So among other questions two of the main questions remain unanswered

1. Can I change the Built-In Administrator Account password by logging in as Administrator after having enabled the Build-In Administrator Account and then going to User Accounts and changing the account to Built-In Administrator or do I have to be logged in as the Built-In Administrator in the first place after enabling the Built-In Administrator Account to change the Built-In Administrator Account password? I don't believe the Tutorials explained/answered this otherwise I would not have started the thread.

2. If I have to be logged in as the Built-In-Administrator to do this how do I log in if the system says that there is a password that was assigned 18 months before I purchased the computer from Dell and I don't know what the password is?
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30 Mar 2011   #7
Orbital Shark

 
 

Here is a snip of my admin account from an elevated command prompt...

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and I can assure you my buit-in account has no password

You have to be logged into the account in order to change it as it has higher access rights than a standard admin account. You'll find that both your questions have already been answered by the pair of us


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30 Mar 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Buddahfan View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Buddahfan

In addition, once you have enabled and logged on to the built-in Administrator account, you would just create a password for it like any other user account.
Thanks but I knew this.

So among other questions two of the main questions remain unanswered

1. Can I change the password from my Administrator Account or do I have to be logged in as the Built-In Administrator to do this?

2. If I have to be logged in as the Built-In-Administrator to do this how do I log in if the system says that there is a password that was assigned 18 months before I purchased the computer from Dell and I don't know what the password is?
It would be best to create or change the password of the built-in Administrator account while you are logged on to that account.

By default the built-in Administrator account does not have a password, so you should be able to just click on it's user icon at log on to log on to it after enabling the built-in Administrator account. If it asks for a password, then leave it blank and press enter.
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30 Mar 2011   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Just enable it to see. You can always rehide it by typing NO at the end of the command instead of YES.

Would you like to share what your intention is in doing this? We might have suggestions to save you some trouble.
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30 Mar 2011   #10
Buddahfan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I think I found how how to do this from the command prompt

Windows 7 Administrator Account - 3 Easy Ways to Enable It

http://www.petri.co.il/wp-content/up...-account-3.png

I have to come up with a password before I try it.

I will deactivate the Built-In Administrator Account once I have changed the password.

It this all works I will post back that it worked.

Thanks for your help everyone.
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