Introduction: Unlock the "Superuser" in Vista

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In this instructable, I'll teach you how to unlock the ultimate administrator account in Vista. It allows you to change settings and modify files and move or delete folders without getting "administrator rights." You may be thinking, "I'm already an administrator!" And I'd answer, yes, but you don't have administrator RIGHTS... So let's get started.

Difficulty: Easy
Time: about 45 seconds

Step 1: 1: Entering the Command Prompt As an Administrator

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In this step, you have to enter the command prompt as an administrator, otherwise you will get the "access denied" error. This is the most important step.

First, open the Start Orb, then in the search box, type "cmd," and when the command prompt appears in the list, DO NOT JUST OPEN IT! You must first make sure it's highlighted, then hit CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER. It will open then in administrator mode.

Step 2: 2: Using the CMD to Enable the Super Administrator

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Once it's open, type the following exactly as it appears (but without the quotation marks):
"net user administrator /active:yes" (you can use either forward (/) or back(\) slashes).

You now need to log out, then log in the new "administrator" account and change your password (make one) by going into Control panel and into User accounts or whatever.

Step 3: DONE!



abran5 (author)2012-05-03

oh yes! (success!)

farhankhan1997 (author)2012-05-01

the cmd doesnt allow me to go on admin cmd( im a normal user )

ryandale1234 (author)2010-12-27

how do you remove it

rdm_box (author)ryandale12342011-02-07

I believe that you have to enter the command as in step two, but put no instead of yes.

GASSYPOOTS (author)rdm_box2012-02-21

net user administrator /active:no

tdinh1 (author)ryandale12342011-04-30

replace yes with no (author)2011-08-30

I really don't see what this has over my current account other than it doesn't get notified all the time (which I can turn off) I never have problems accessing my (c:) drive and programs and such.

knex_mepalm (author)2010-09-26

This reminds me of logging into root on my friends ipt

budabob07 (author)knex_mepalm2010-10-20

reminds me of logging into mine too. also has same "superuser" name (you type in "su" to sign in. su=SuperUser

user1997 (author)2010-04-06

something pops up saying you need adminastrator password D=

SeMi_AuToMaTic (author)2010-02-17

Is there any way I can hack a password without using the admin. account, downloading any software, just by typing in a code in Command Prompt?

p.s. it said something about the passwords and usernames the first time, then the second time it said access denied.

j_dog (author)2010-01-07

i did this but i still can't acces some files in the ultimate admin

inforussle (author)2009-12-07

another way to open it as administrator
is to right click and hit run as administrator

microman171 (author)2009-07-20

In Ubuntu, a prompt pops up asking you whether your would like to authorise root. You type in your root password, and it allows the action to take place.

munchman (author)microman1712009-07-21

Yes, but this is for Vista. As a casual ubuntu user, I can agree that some things are easier, however some people don't want to - or can't switch to a different operating system. @Zappy1995, does this give you the same rights as authorising something with the UAC, but without the annoyance of the popups, or is this something more?

Zappy1995 (author)munchman2009-07-21

i do believe that this gives you the rights you had in XP, like FULL control over the computer and settings... Currently, I use this account for thiongs that I cannot do in my main "administrator" account. If I need to delete folders from the root directory of C:\ or something, or change a setting that could potentially kill my computer (regedit). I have so far seen no limitations in this account.

lemonie (author)Zappy19952009-07-21

So Vista (already becoming obsolete?) gives you 3 tiers of responsibility?
You can't delete folders in root without this? (That doesn't sound like something I'd want to install)


Zappy1995 (author)lemonie2009-07-21

1: What's that have to do with installing vista? it's a trick to hack into vista IF YOU ALREADY HAVE Vista. 2: No. you cannot delete root folders in the C:\ drive without this, because when I uninstalled XAMPP, it wouldn't delete the root folder. With that, I looked up this trick, and posted it for the Rest for You for if you have the same issue with other folders.

S1L3N7 SWAT (author)Zappy19952009-07-21

I think he meant that Vista is crap because you CAN'T erase files/folders in the root without making an account that as you said, is harmful to your computer. You should be allowed to erase with a regular Admin account, without the need to resort to tricks like this. Thus, pointing out another flaw with Vista.

munchman (author)S1L3N7 SWAT2009-07-23

I just did. Maybe the folders people are trying to erase are protected by Windows File Protection or something...

The Ran (author)2009-07-21

What exact limitations does this remove that a normal Administrator account has? In control panel it is just listed as Administrator like my other account with no mention of "Superuser" or anything like that. To me this just seems like a complicated way to create another admin account, something that can be achieved through the Control Panel.

Zappy1995 (author)The Ran2009-07-22

Have you read previous posts? This account gets rid of the annoying popups that Vista has for your permission to do something like move a folder or rename a file. It also gives you complete access to the computer like in XP. If you already are an administrator, you do not have "administrator rights" unless hyou use this trick. Normal administrators do not have administrator rights in Vista. Look it up on Google or something.

The Ran (author)Zappy19952009-07-22

Yes I read that, but those popups can be removed by disabling UAC (user account control or something similar to that, can't quite remember). It was one of the first things I did when I started using Vista, and a plus it it doesn't require setting up a whole new account. I can't see this "superuser" account being able to do anything more than I can currently.

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