Not everyone knows it, but Windows 10 automatically creates two hidden accounts when installed on a computer, or even in a virtual machine. The first is for guests, of course, but the second is a bit different since it is an administrator account . Yes, but the rascal is unfortunately not activated by default and we are just going to see how to correct the problem.
The operation of this hidden administrator account is a little different from the account created by the user during the installation of the OS. And for good reason since he has absolutely all the rights on the system and he can therefore do what he wants.
What does it mean ? Quite simply, it should not be used lightly, and certainly not as a checking account.
Now that everything is absolutely clear between you, me and this infamous hidden account, it's time to roll up our sleeves and get to the heart of the matter.
The first thing to do will be to open the start menu and display the list of applications to go to the command prompt. If you cannot find the utility, be aware that it is hidden in the “Windows System” folder. Be careful, however, because the program must not be launched directly. In reality, you will swing a simple right click to bring up the contextual menu, and you will go on to look for the option “Open as administrator” .
A new window will appear before your astonished eyes. Type the following command and validate by pressing the “Enter” key on your keyboard:
The list of all the accounts created on your machine appears in a table. To activate the hidden administrator account, you will simply have to enter this instruction:
net user Administrator / active: yes
If needed, you can do the same for the guest account, but you don't have to.
The problem with this administrator account is that it is not protected by a password and therefore represents a major security breach. Before going any further, you will therefore have to protect it and again everything will be done on the command line, with this instruction:
net user administrator *
The system will then ask you to enter a new password. Do it, and validate by pressing the “Enter” key on your keyboard. If it does not appear on the screen, this is perfectly normal, but that will not prevent Windows from taking it into account. You will then have to enter it again.
Okay, so what if you want to deactivate the account? It is not very complicated, it will suffice to swing a little:
net user Administrator / Active: no