It s not a strict necessity to use the Administrator user account to login to Vista, but it might turn out to be useful in using the computer without distractions of User Account Control, or simply if you wish to have a super user account as a ‘backdoor’ backup (that can reset your password if it is forgotten). In fact, there can be several situations in which you might want to toggle the display of the administrator account on your Vista computer.

However, if you are not comfortable using the command line (the typical way that advanced users use to activate the Administrator account in Windows Vista), there is another comparatively easy way to enable the Administrator account by using graphical user interface (GUI) within the Vista desktop. This article will guide you through the basic steps that will let you do so.

Enabling the Administrator Account Using GUI

  1. Click on Vista Start button, and then go to Control Panel.
  2. Inside Control Panel, click on System and Maintenance link, and then the Administrator Tools at the bottom.
  3. An Administrator Tools window appears. From there, click on Local Security Policy applet.
  4. Alternatively, type secpol.msc in Start Search box and press Enter.
  5. Click Continue on User Account Control’s. (Windows needs your permission to continue running Microsoft Management Console (MMC) dialog box.)
  6. On the left pane of Local Security Policy MMC, expand Security Settings (should be opened by default), then expand Local Policies.
  7. Click on Security Options branch.
  8. Double click on Accounts: Administrator account status setting, and then select the Enabled button on Local Security Setting tab of Properties window.
  9. Click on the OK tab.
  10. Log off, switch user, or restart your computer to logon with the activated Administrator account.


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