Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Enabling Administrator Account in Vista

Administrator account in Vista is disabled by default to prohibit malicious programs from accessing it. While it sounds like a good idea, it is quite inconvenient. Believe me, you want to have your administrator account to be enabled on your PC, because there are so many benefits. If you are the administrator of your PC, you want your admin account to be enabled, because otherwise you will not be able to install and run many programs that normally as an admin you would be. After all, you are the admin of your PC, so why pretend that you are not? Here are the steps you should do to enable it:

  • Click on Start Menu, right click on Computer and left click on Manage.
  • Expand “Local User and Groups” and click on “User”.
  • Right click on the Administrator account and select Properties.
  • Uncheck the box “Account is Disabled”.
  • As you see, it isn’t that complicated, but the problem is that many novice users might have problems enabling this account, and that is why I think it was not a wise decision to disable it in the first place.

    You will be able to install all programs without any problems while using the Administrator account. If you are a user of earlier versions of Windows such as Windows XP, you won’t have to worry about these steps, because your administrator account is not disabled by default.

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