Here’s an issue you might run into as a Windows 10 user. You need to perform a function, but you get a notice that you need to be an administrator to complete the task. If you’re the only person using the PC, that can be pretty puzzling.  It’s your PC, aren’t you the administrator?

Maybe not.  When Windows 10 is configured, it should make the user account an Admin account.  It will also create an additional Administrator account and a guest account. The built-in admin account gives you elevated privileges.  For example,  when you launch Command Prompt, yo don’t have to right-click and select Run as Administrator, you’ll already have those privileges.  Here’s how to enable it.

Type cmd in your search box, then right-click the result and choose “Run as Administrator.”

You’ll need to give permission to make changes to the system.


You’ll see the command prompt.


Then you’ll want to turn on the administrator account by typing net user administrator /active:yes  and then pressing enter.


I’d be careful with this.  These elevated privileges also mean that it’s easier for any type of malware to do some serious damage to your system if it gets on while you’re running with elevated privileges. As soon as you’re finished with the task at hand, you can turn it off by typing:

net user administrator /active:no and then pressing enter.


~ Cynthia