How to Enable Built-in Administrator and Rename for Windows 10 Home Edition

Guide to enable Built-in Administrator and rename account name

Overview

Windows 10 Home Edition built-in administrator is disabled by default and GUI Administration Console is not available in Home edition.

 

Step 1: Enable Built-in Administrator

S1-1. Open Command Prompt in Administrator Mode

S1-2. In Command Prompt, enter the following command to check the account.

Net User Administrator

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Account is not enabled (Account active = No)

S1-3. To enable the account, enter the following command

Net User Administrator /ACTIVE:YES

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S1-4. Once the account is active, please change password for security reason.

S1-5. Change password from GUI Administration Console.

Control Panel > User Accounts > User Accounts > Manage Accounts

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S1-6. Change password from Command Prompt

Net User Administrator <NEW_PASSWORD>

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Step 2: Rename Built-in Administrator Name

Built-in Administrator account is well known default windows administrator account which can not be deleted.

Hence, for security reason, it is advisable to rename default administrator name.

The rename can only be done from Command Prompt only for Windows Home edition.

 

S2-1. Open Command Prompt in Administrator Mode

S2-2. Enter the following command to rename account name:

WMIC UserAccount WHERE NAME=’Administrator‘ RENAME NewADM

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S2-3. Enter the following command to check account renamed:

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