How to activate administrator account in Vista

Key decision – decide if you need a password for the administrator’s account that you are going to activate.  My point is that the local policy may insist on a complex password, thus you will not be able to activate the administrator with a blank password.  This technique also works on Windows Server 2008, however on that operating system it is more likely you will set /active:no.

  1. Logon to Vista using your usual account.
  2. Launch the cmd prompt – Make sure you select, ‘Run as administrator’
  3. Net user administrator p£ssw0rD
  4. Net user administrator /active:yes
  5. Switch User, or logoff
  6. Logon as Administrator  Password p£ssw0rD
    (Your password may be different!)

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