It’s been a while that Windows 8 is out and adopted by a huge mass. Even, Windows 8.1 is in the way to spread its usability. But, there is one thing that the users are not comfortable with the Windows 8 Metro UI interface and the new users would take some time to adjust.
Every time, you start the Windows 8 system, you’re to put a password at the welcome screen (with the default account). It requires you to put your Microsoft account password. The default user account is created during the installation. It asks for a Microsoft (live) account. This default account in Windows 8 is helpful to store the system information into the cloud which is a great idea by Microsoft to keep the Windows user data saved. Hence, you never loose them even you format your system.
But, there is another hidden account in your system, the admin account. It is a local account and any thing you do with this will be never synced with the cloud. I can bet that around 90% of the new users don’t know about this.
If you don’t want to use the Microsoft account at log-in time, you can enable the elevated admin account and can log into your Windows 8 system with it.
How to Enable Elevated Admin Account in Windows 8
There are too many ways to activate the hidden admin account in Windows 8. But, here is what I found as the easiest way.
Log-in to your system using the default user account and open the command prompt with admin privilege. To open the command prompt as administrator, press the Win + X key combination from your keyboard and click ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’.
Now, type the following command into the command line and hit the ‘Enter’ key.
You can see there are two more user accounts in your system. The Administrator account and the Guest account which are not in action by default.
You can always activate them for your need. Here is how to activate the admin account from the command line. Run the following command.
net user administrator /active:yes
If you want to set a password for the hidden admin account, type the following and hit the ‘Enter’ key.
net user administrator *
This will prompt to input the password twice. Once you do that you are done.
Now, restart your computer. The newly activated account appears at Windows 8 login screen. You can now log-in with your local administrator user account.
How to disable the Hidden Admin account in Windows 8
However, if you want to disable the local administrator account, run the following command.
net user administrator /active:no
This will disable the in-built administrator account. That’s it.
Note: You can never delete this account from your system. Though you can always delete all other accounts in Windows 8.