How to Enable/Disable Administrator Account in Surface Pro Windows 8

Surface Pro Windows 8 allows you to create standard restricted user and unelevated administrator user. But there is a hidden built-in elevated Administrator account with full unrestricted access rights and permission on the tablet and computer.

How to Enable/Disable the Built-in Elevated Administrator Account on Surface Pro Windows 8
* Make sure you have signed in as an administrator user.
* From the Start screen, press the Windows + Q key and type “cmd” in the search box. Press and hold on Command Prompt icon on the left side, click “Run as administrator”. Type the command below and press Enter to enable the built-in administrator account:
net user administrator /active:yes
To disable it:
net user administrator /active:no
* You can also do that in Local Users and Groups. Press Windows + R keys from keyboard, type “lusrmgr.msc” into the run box, and click OK button. Select Users folder, and double-click on Administrator to open its properties. Uncheck the Account is disabled box, then you are able to sign into system using the built-in Administrator.


4 thoughts on “How to Enable/Disable Administrator Account in Surface Pro Windows 8

  1. Many of the installed apps will not run under the Built-in Elevated Administrator account. Is there some mod to the registry that will allow these to run?

  2. “Press and hold the command prompt” didn’t work but maybe it’s because I have a wedge mouse attached? Instead I discovered that a right click gave me the menu item you refer to next

    • You need to do that through a Type/touch Cover. If you don’t have such device, swipe in from the right-side to open Charm bar, input cmd into the Search box.

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