If an administrator account is disabled, you will see in windows the message: Administrator, your account is disabled. There is a myriad of reasons why this administrator account is blocked. It is also possible that another administrator has blocked the account. For example, it is blocked by an app or malware on your computer.
Whatever the reason you see the message: Administrator, your account is disabled in Windows. In this tip, I’ll explain how to re-enable the administrator account.
To start with, we will see if we can activate the administrator account via Windows safe mode. You will then need to restart the computer in safe mode. Then through a change in computer management, you can reactivate the administrator account in Windows.
Another way to re-enable the administrator account in Windows is to restart the computer at the Command Prompt. Then, in the Command Prompt, type a command that will reactivate the administrator account in Windows.
Are you an administrator yourself and would like to enable the Administrator account? In this tip, I will explain to you 3 different ways to activate the Administrator account in Windows as an administrator.
Enable the Administrator account in Windows 11
Activate the administrator account using safe mode
In the Windows search bar type: startup options. Click on Change advanced startup options.
In the Advanced Startup Options, click the Restart Now button.
Windows 11 will now reboot with boot options. Click on Troubleshoot. Next, click on Advanced options. Now click Startup Settings.
After this, click on the Restart button to boot Windows in safe mode.
To boot Windows in safe mode, choose option 4. Press option 4 on your keyboard to enable Windows safe mode. This is a one-time thing, the next time you boot Windows from safe mode, Windows will restart normally.
When Windows is booted in safe mode, right-click on the Windows start button. Next, click on Computer Management in the menu.
In Computer Management, click on Local Users and Groups. Then click Users in the right pane double-click Administrator. In the General tab, uncheck the option: Account is disabled disable. Click OK.
Now restart the computer in Windows normal mode. A reboot is required, Windows will boot itself to normal mode. During the login process, you can select the Administrator account.
Enabling the Administrator account via Command Prompt
Log out of Windows. If you are already unable to log in, this is fine.
Hold down the SHIFT button on your keyboard at the Windows logon screen. Next, click the restart button in the lower right corner. Windows will now startup in the Advanced Startup Options.
In the Advanced Startup Options, click on Troubleshoot. Then click on Advanced options. Then click on Command Prompt.
In the Command Prompt window type the following command:
net user administrator /active:yes
If the account name is different, replace Administrator with this account name.
Confirm the command with ENTER and then type: exit. Then click on Continue to Windows.
Windows will now restart in normal mode, and there you can select the Administrator account from the Windows login screen.
Display and activate the Administrator account using PowerShell
If you can log in to Windows with another administrator account. In other words, for an administrator account in Windows, you can try to enable the Administrator account first via PowerShell.
Right-click on the Windows start button. Click on Windows Terminal (Admin) from the menu.
In the Windows PowerShell window, type the following command:
Enable-LocalUser -Name "Administrator"
Type the command: exit to close PowerShell.
You now have the Administrator account enabled in Windows, and you can log in with it. Log out of Windows. You will now see the Administrator account on the left side of the Windows logon screen.
I hope this has helped you. Thanks for reading!