Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Enable WINDOWS 7 Administrator Account with Group Policy (GPO)

Administrator account is disabled by default on Windows 7.
Group Policy can be used to enable it.
Create a new GPO and go to: Computer configuration -> Policies -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Security Options. On Right Pane click on Accounts: Administrator account status and change the settings to Enabled.


To enter a password for the Local Administrator Account, Group Policy Preferences can be used:

Go to Preferences -> Control Panel Settings -> and right click on Local Users and Groups. Choose: New -> Local User. From Drop-down menu on User name choose: Administrator (built-in).
Put the password and confirm it.




11 comments:

  1. Hi thank you for this, just one question.
    If you do this in the Default Domain Policy will it also chance the Administrator password on the domain controller?

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  2. I don't know, BUT the Administrator on the Domain-Controller is an AD-Account, not a local one!

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  3. does this work with xp too?

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  4. You need to apply this policy to OU with computers. Domain controller as well as other servers should reside in another OU

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  5. Did this work for anyone? It's not working for me

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  6. hi..Im student from Informatics engineering, this article is very informative, thanks for sharing :)

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  7. For setting a password to the local administrator account of a XP/2000/NT4 machine a startup script run by a GPO can be used instead. The script should just consist of the line "net user Administrator %1" and the password entered as a variable inside the GPO.

    brgds,
    Anders

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  8. Funciona no windows 8? fiz um teste com duas VM, e so funcionou no win7 =/

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  9. Hello All,

    I came across your post which by the way was very useful, I was able to enable the account but could not set a password to it, the pw fild(s) is(are) grayed-out... any thoughts?
    Your time and help is appreciated

    Thanks

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  10. I am also having the issue Felipe Pinelli is having. Any thoughts out there?

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  11. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2962486

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