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How To Edit, Reset The Windows Hosts File?

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How To Edit, Reset The Windows Hosts File? That's your problem? Well good news for you, the solution is pretty simple, and if you bear with me for the next 2minutes, you'll have edited or reset your Windows Host file and you wouldn't even know about it.

Being honest, I can give you the solution right away, it's almost as easy as creating a new folder, but there are two reasons I won't.

First, I need to make this article long enough, a minimum requirement if I want this article to rank and help other guys out (I'm just being straight and honest) and second, I need to make sure whatever idea you have of the Windows host file and its function, is correct and not misinterpreted before giving you an answer to your question How Do I Change My Hosts File.

What is the Windows Host File?

Honestly? It's not something simple, at least not as simple as I'm gonna make it sound to you, so make sure that unless you have a good idea what you're doing, just don't do it.

We all know an Operating system comprises of “hosts”, right? And we all know the internet is made up of “IP Addresses”.

Now the Windows host files have the responsibility to map your host files with the IP Addresses, in much simpler language, let's just say “howdiary.com” is the human-friendly version of the actual IP address of the website, which would be something like xxx.xx.xxx.xx.

Now the Hostnames connect the Human-friendly addresses with their Internet-friendly Ip addresses. Yeah, that's pretty much about it.

How to Read-Host File?

Just to make it clear, Host files are just a text/notepad file, which consists of the IP addresses and their concerned hostnames. So reading them is fairly easy, you can use any kind of text editor to open them up and have a look.

How To Edit, Reset The Windows Hosts File:-

So okay finally to the section you've been waiting for, How to edit host file?

This next step remains the same for every operating system, so I'll write it just once, and then you can proceed.

How To Edit, Reset The Windows Hosts File

Click on the start button and type “notepad”.

And then choose “notepad”

How To Edit, Reset The Windows Hosts File

Important:- Make sure you follow the exact steps as above, right-clicking and then creating a new notepad file won't work.

Now, you need to paste some things into it, choose your operating system from the following section, and then copy all the text from that section into your notepad file.

I'm giving away the default Host file values, so copy-pasting it directly will reset the Windows host files f

For Windows XP:-

# Copyright (c) 1993-1999 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host

127.0.0.1       localhost

For Windows 7

# Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
#       127.0.0.1       localhost
#       ::1             localhost

For Windows 8

# Copyright (c) 1993-2006 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
#      102.54.94.97     rhino.acme.com          # source server
#       38.25.63.10     x.acme.com              # x client host
# localhost name resolution is handle within DNS itself.
#       127.0.0.1       localhost
#       ::1             localhost

So once you've pasted the above text in your notepad file, hit File > Save as.

How to read host file

And set “HOSTS” as the file name while saving it. (Including the quotations!)

How to edit host file

Now again hit the Start button, and type Run > select the “run” program.

How to edit host file

Now copy this exact line there and paste it:- %WinDir%\System32\Drivers\Etc

How Do I Change My Hosts File

One the new window, you'll see a file named “host”, rename it to host.old

How To Edit, Reset The Windows Hosts File

Now just copy your notepad file which you just created some time ago to this folder and you're done!

How to Edit the Host Files:-

Well, it's the same process, just forget about creating the whole new notepad file. Instead, just hit the Start button, type run, and paste the line:-%WinDir%\System32\Drivers\Etc there.

How To Edit, Reset The Windows Hosts File

Once that's done and you see the hosts file, just right click > Open with Notepad.s

Voila! Now you can edit the file as you wish.

Final Words:-

So that was all I had on How To Edit, Reset The Windows Hosts File guys. I hope I made the steps not too messy?

Although if you do get stuck somewhere in the steps, you can always find me in the comment box. Also, not to mention I'd love to hear your feedback about this whole article, the writing style, the simplicity (or hardships, if any!)

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How to Assign a Static IP Address in Windows 7, 8, 10 or XP?

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How to Assign Static IP Address in Windows 7, 8, 10 or XP? That's your problem? Well, it won't be anymore, because that's exactly what this article is about.

These last couple of days I've been writing quite a number of articles on IP addresses, which led me to uncover some facts even I was oblivious to.

Anyway before getting into the details of How to Change my IP Address in Simple Steps, let me just start from the basics.

What is a Static IP Address?

I know you already know the answer to this or else you wouldn't have been searching this on the internet at the first place. But still, let me humor you.

The “IP Address” as you might know is like your cell phone number on the internet, it's what identifies who you are, where you're located and other information as such.

It's assigned to you by the ISPs when you're registering for your connection, just like your cell phone number is assigned to you.

Now, most of the time people search on the internet about “changing” their IP address or hiding them at least, so as to hide their identity and any other illicit activity they might be doing on the internet.

But a static IP Address? It's completely the opposite of “hiding” or changing.  Now the point is, the public IP address, the one that's normally visible to you keeps changing every time you connect to the internet.

It's like a dynamic address which might be a problem if you're managing a program or network which is “IP Concerned”, meaning it requires a pre-defined IP to function.

A real-life scenario is, I'm security researched by passion, so when I try to get into someone's system I need my payload to connect back to me on a very specific IP address because that IP was set by me when delivering the payload, and hence I need a static IP.

Also if you're connecting to more than one computer from the same ISP it's better if you know which system is using which IP instead of powering up each machine manually and then checking the IP address of it.

So in simple English, a Static IP is exactly what the phrase means, it's an IP address that is static and doesn't change, simple as that.

So okay finally down to the section you've been waiting for, let's answer your question:- How to Change my IP Address for windows.

How to Change my IP Address for Windows:-

Now if you're looking forward to just “changing” your IP address, the simplest and fastest method (takes less than 30 seconds) I can recommend you is checking out our guide on How to Change the IP address in Less than 30 seconds!

I've written a detailed and illustrated guide on the same.

The other option is, using a VPN. There are tons of VPNs out there in the market, just download a free one or buy a premium VPN and you can change your IP addresses in seconds, and virtually be anywhere in the world.

Although let me make it clear that the first method, that's changing it in 30 seconds only “changes” your IP address, it doesn't hide your identity.

While using a VPN is essentially a method used if you're trying to hide your identity and location online.

A VPN will grant you a completely new server, a new location, and your real IP address would be masked, however, the above methods or the one I'm discussing in the next section merely grant you an alternative IP address from the same ISP.

Hence your real IP address or identity can still be tracked if needs arise.

Although, our primary goal for this article was something else, so let's get down to it.

How to Assign Static IP Address in Windows 7, 8, 10 or XP:-

How to Assign a Static IP Address in Windows 7, 8, 10 or XP

So in order to assign static IP to your system, you need to hit the start button and type “Network and Sharing” in the search box.

Now click on “Change Adapter settings” in the Network and sharing screen.

How to Assign a Static IP Address in Windows 7, 8, 10 or XP

Then select your connection and select “properties”.

How to Change my IP Address in Simple Steps

Select “Internet Protocol Version 4” from the list, and click on properties.

How to Change my IP Address for windows

Now just select “Use the following IP address”  and enter your corresponding IP address, Subnet Mask, and default gateway. (These are different for every network so I can't specify them for you).

How to Assign Static IP Address in Windows 7, 8, 10 or XP

Also, make sure you've checked the “use the following DNS server addresses” radio box and enter your DNS server addresses there manually.

Done! That's all you had to do!

Now if you wish to, you can just go to Google and type “What is my IP Address” to verify that your IP address was changed successfully. (Yeah Google has a snippet for it now, pretty 21st century huh?)

How to Change my IP Address for windows

Final Words:-

So that was all I had on How to Assign Static IP Address in Windows 7, 8, 10 or XP. I'm pretty sure I made the steps clear and simple enough for you.

And the steps are the same for every OS out there, of course, the user-experience on Windows XP would be a bit different but the steps are essentially the same, you've to go to networks and sharing and change the properties of your connection in a nutshell regardless of your OS.

So I hope this piece helped, if you've got questions, doubts or even other methods to assign static IP to your system, I'd love to hear about them in the comments section.

And finally, if this piece helped, I'd love it if you guys share this piece around and help us get some eyeballs.

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How to Change IP Address in Less than 30 Seconds?

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How to change the IP address in less than 30 seconds? That's your problem? Well, you're in the right place and I already know a couple of things about you.

First, you need to change your IP address, that's kinda obvious. And second, you're going to do something either for fun or for professional reasons which require you to hide your identity and cover tracks fast, faster than a VPN will do the job for you, well anyway I've got the perfect solution.

In a normal case where time isn't of the essence, I'd have recommended a VPN of course as a solution to your problem of how to change the IP address. But I get your “special” requirement, but before addressing the issue, let's start from the basics, shall we?

What is the IP Address and Why Would You Want to Change it?

I'm pretty sure you already know the answer, but still let me just humor you.

The IP Address is your footprints on the internet, it's like your cell phone number, something that can be traced back to you, to your geographical location and in some cases even your direct name registered with the ISP.

So the “why would you want to change it” answer is pretty obvious isn't it?

You don't want the world to know what you're doing on the internet, or maybe you don't want them to know it's you who did something specific, something that isn't legal or allowed by the law enforcement services.

The most common scenarios when someone wants to hide their IP Addresses:-

  • Hiding their online identity.
  • Doing something illegal.
  • Accessing blocked websites, as some websites are blocked in certain countries, hence changing the IP address “virtually” puts you in a different country and hence makes the website accessible for you.

So well yeah there is quite a number of reasons when and why someone would ask questions like How do I change my IP address or How to Change IP Address in simple steps.

Now, there are simpler solutions to it than a VPN, let me just list the reasons out why you might not be comfortable using a VPN:

  • VPNs aren't always free.
  • VPNs mostly keep logs. Meaning they know your real IP addresses.
  • They're slow. They get you a list of third-party servers and IPs you can use, but scanning, finding and then connecting to one takes time.
  • Reduce Internet speed:- Yeah speed capping is a major issue with just about any VPN you can imagine.

How to Change IP Address in Less than 30 Seconds:-

So we're down to the section you've been waiting for, let's get right to it. In fact let me assure you, the whole process takes around just 3 clicks, and less than 30 seconds (of course)!

You need to hit the Start button on your Windows Operating System, and type “cmd” in the search box.

change ip address

It will bring up the terminal for you, where you need to type this exactly:- Ipconfig /release

How to change your IP address in less than 30 seconds

This will shut down your internet connection for now, but don't worry about that. Once the above command has been carried out, just type “ipconfig /renew”.

how to change ip address

Done!

You didn't even know it and you got yourselves a brand new IP address! Now, this was the simplest method to do it. And a good thing? You can do it as many times as you wish, no limitations. Although I'd seriously advise against using it very often, it's more of a last-minute retreat.

Other Methods to Change IP Address:

The best alternative for you, of course, is using a VPN! A VPN is a third-party Virtual Private Network. In simpler English, take them to be a bunch of freelancing IP addresses, which the VPN lets you use either for a cost or sometimes free.

The other alternative is to use a SOCK, which is a more advanced and secure method but it's complicated and is almost never free, additionally it can't be set up in 30 seconds, so if you've been looking for the 30seconds thing specifically, I'd say the primary method I discussed here to change IP address should help you out.

Final Words:-

So that was all Folks on How to change the IP address in less than 30 seconds. I'm sure it helped you, right? It's pretty simple, and fast, and there's no third-party software download or registration needed so yeah I think nothing could be simpler.

Although you can still go with the other options I've discussed to change IPs, but if you want the “best” browsing experience and your identity exposure isn't a problem, in that case, the native IP assigned to you by default is the best bet.

Anyway hope this piece helped, if you're stuck somewhere or something isn't working, do make use of the comment box and let me know I'll get back to you. Also, do hit the share button, keeps me motivated.

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How to check RAM type (DDR, DDR2 or DDR3) in Windows?

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How to check RAM type (DDR, DDR2 or DDR3) in Windows

How to check RAM type (DDR, DDR2 or DDR3) in Windows? Well, we've come a long way, from command-based computers to having touch-interface enabled systems. The same goes for other supportive hardware on our systems as well.

Hardware pieces like the Graphic card, USB ports, or even the  RAM have held the hand of evolution every step of the way. That's what gave birth to DDR DDR2 and DDR3 types of RAM in the first place.

So before getting to the bottom of How to Detect the Type of RAM in a PC, let's have a basic insight into what RAM types exactly exist on the planet.

What are DDR, DDR2 and DDR3 RAM Types?

DDR:- (Double Data RAM )

One of the earliest kinds of RAMs to see the light of day was the DDR RAMs. Considering we're more friendly with the DDR3 generations these days, there isn't a lot I can sing in praise of these ancient types.

They consumed a lot more power than the DDR2 RAMs, demanding a voltage of almost 2.5v compared to only 1.8v with the DDR2 RAMs.

They had the speed of around 200-800MHz and had 2-bits prefetch buffers, with a maximum reading latency of 3 clock cycles, compare that to the 9-clock cycle reading latency of the DDR2 RAMs and it won't be hard to imagine why the DDRs went out of business.

DDR2:- (Double Data RAM 2)

The Internal clocks of the DDR2 RAMs run at half the speed of the data bus, meaning it has twice the speed of the original DDR RAMs, the improved bus signal helps us achieve that.

Also, these have a theoretical typical latency of around 5 compared to only 3 of the DDR RAMs. But obviously that's lower than the typical latency of the DDR3 RAMs.

Although the number of pins both for the DDR2 and DDR3 RAMs is the same, that's 240!

DDR3:- (Double Data RAM 3)

The primary benefit it offers us is lower power consumption (lowest in comparison to the other two types), as much as 40% lower! Also, it's comparatively faster, with the bus clock running at 533-800 Mhz and with data rates between 1066-1600MT/s!

There are a bunch of other technical terms, but in the simplest possible words, all I can say is, DDR3 is the fastest RAM type available today.

Worry not we will be getting down to How to check RAM speed, but before that let's spend just a couple more minutes understanding the difference between DDR3 and DDR2 RAM types.

Primary Difference Between DDR3 and DDR2 RAM Types:-

  • The Prefetch buffer for DDR3 RAM types is the 8-bit deep buffer while the DDR2 operates on a 4-bit prefetch buffer.
  • The data transfer rate with DDR 3 RAMs is an impressive 800-1600MHz while that with the DDR2 RAM types is only around 400-800MHz
  • The DDR2 RAMs use a 200-400MHz I/O clock for data transfer, while the DDR3 RAMs make use of the more effective, 100-200mHz I/O clocks.
  • As mentioned earlier, the power consumption with DDR3 RAMs is considerably lower compared to DDR2 RAMs, as much as 40% lower to be specific, and this comes in handy and as a great marketing-edge when it comes to power specific devices like Laptops.
  • If you're a gaming geek you might be familiar with the different types of Graphic Cards. Well, DDR3 RAMs are preferable while processing graphics because those cards need faster frame-rates which isn't the case with DDR2 RAMs.

Cons:-

Not all the “grass is greener on the other side”, and the same applies to the different types of RAMs as well.

  • DDR3 RAMs are a tad bit more expensive compared to DDR2 RAMs. (It isn't exactly a negative factor, but it counts!)
  • The CAS Latency for DDR3 RAMs is higher compared to DDR2 RAMs.

How to check RAM type (DDR, DDR2 or DDR3) in Windows?

So finally we're down to the section you've been waiting for. In this final section of this article, I'll be explaining how to check RAM type in windows 7, (the process is more or less similar to every other Windows Operating system.) plain and simple.

Unfortunately, there's no in-built option or tool which tells you the RAM type on Windows, so you'll need the help of third-party software like CPU-Z.  (It's a lightweight program, less than 1MB in size, and is free!)

Go to the link above, choose your operating system and click on download.

How to check RAM type (DDR, DDR2 or DDR3) in Windows

Once you've downloaded it, install it like any other Windows program.

How to check RAM type (DDR, DDR2 or DDR3) in Windows

After it's successfully installed, just run it from its desktop icon or the start menu.

How to check RAM type (DDR, DDR2 or DDR3) in Windows

And then click on “Memory”. It will get you all the details you need to unveil regarding your RAM.

How to check RAM type (DDR, DDR2 or DDR3) in Windows

In fact, apart from the RAM type, it gets you other advanced details as well including:-

  • CAS Latency
  • RAS Delay
  • Cycle Time etc.

And just in case you might want to peep through the other options on the screen, feel free to do so.

In fact, if you click on the CPU option, it gets you a plethora of information which includes Bus type, technology, code name, Clock data, core data and what not!

Other tabs like the MainBoard can be used to access information related to the Motherboard of your system.

And the best part is, there's even a “Bench” tab, which lets you benchmark your system, either individually as a single-thread or as a multi-thread machine.

Final Words:-

So that was all I had on How to check RAM type (DDR, DDR2 or DDR3) in Windows folks. I hope this piece helped, in fact, I tried my best to make sure you get not only the RAM types but also other information that you might need at a later time.

You can use CPU-Z to access just about any other kind of CPU information related to your system. And it's not an “authoritative” tool, rather a reflective one, so feel free to play around because there's not a lot you can mess up with this one.

If you've got other tools or methods to uncover your RAM type on Windows, make use of the comment box and let us know.

Do let me know your feedback on this piece in the comments down there. Not to mention that a share won't go unnoticed.

Disclaimer:- This website or the author are in no way affiliated or sponsored with CPU-Z, it's just one of the many options/tools/software you can use to get your RAM types, CPU-Z was used only because of its legitimacy, simplicity and because it's a freeware.

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How to Check Your Windows Version?

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Windows has launched quite a number of Operating systems by now, hasn't it? And although it's common knowledge which version of Windows you're using, you might be from the exceptional group, and hence to you, I'll explain how to check your windows version.

The Different Window Versions:- A Hierarchical Insight.

To understand that, you'd need to travel back in time a couple of decades (not literally!). You should travel back to November 20, 1980, and you'd see Mr. Gates launching the Windows 1.0

Well, that was how the first version of Windows was born. Although most people confuse it to be the “first-ever” Microsoft OS, well it's not. Ms-DOS owns that title as a matter of fact. The following screenshot would get you a glimpse of how the Windows V1.0 used to look like:-

How to Check Your Windows Version
Image by: Wikipedia

Why did it take the world by storms? The reason for that is, it was the first mass-produced operating system with a “graphical” interface.

Well graphical interface meaning, before the launch of Windows 1.0, the personal computers were primarily command-based.

You had to type in commands, something like /copy d:// filename to folder e:/drive D. It's a rough example and not an actual command which was used, but it gives you the idea, doesn't it?

So the idea of making personal computers “graphical”, with icons and logos and pictures made Mr. Gates a very rich man and made our lives a lot easier.

Point is, the “potential” of what Windows held back then, which has made all the 3D, high-graphic density games and photo/video editing and production possible was something that the world didn't misjudge!

Anyway after the first version of Windows. the second version broke out of its eggshell 7 years later! The Windows V2.0

This was the version that made quite the splash in the world back then, primarily because Microsoft and HP were sued by Apple for design and looks copyright, which was mostly ruled in favor of Apple.

Well, the second reason why Windows 2.0 was creating waves was that it brought with itself quite the support for a number of applications, including Calendar, Calculator and the likes of it.

The next member in the family wasn't Windows 3.0, but instead, it was the Windows 2.1x, and they were born after just a 6-month gap between its predecessor.

Although the next version of Windows made its appearance around 12 years later, the Windows 3.0

Now it might come as a surprise to you, but this was the version of Windows which had shown any signs of Windows being able to compete with the then-industry leader, Macintosh.

The earlier versions were successful no doubt but on a limited scale. In fact, the interesting story here is, Windows 3.0 wasn't even originally approved, it was just a kind of “side-project” of two individuals.

They presented it to the Microsoft executive team later which impressed them and was officially termed as Windows 3.0

There were some minor releases in between, but the rock was broken the second time only by Windows 95, which was launched in 1995 (that's how the system was named!).

Some of you might even have the privilege of using it in its early days. The primary modifications it was equipped with were better multitasking features and the plug-and-play feature.

Then came Windows 98, followed by Windows M# and finally Windows XP. These aren't foreign to any person who had the least bit of interest in computers (and XP is still my personal favorite!).

It was the first time when Windows shared its desktop arrangement of logos and icons with the world. Without a doubt, XP carried it forward which exists to date.

Windows XP was one of the longest-running and most successful Windows versions! It was simple, elegant, and brought a lot of new features for the first time to personal computers.

Windows XP was followed by Windows Vista which wasn't as great a success as XP. It required a lot of system resources, lagged more than expected and was just not a great product overall!

But when has “not so great market response” ever belittled Microsoft? So they decided to build the Windows 7 as we know it today.

And in the last couple of years, releasing one after the other systems like Windows 8 and 10 Windows seems to dominate the OS market.

Windows 10 obviously being the most recent Windows Version. out there in the real world, Windows 10 is getting mixed responses.

How to Check Your Windows Version?

I understand that's enough Windows family-tree study for one day, isn't it? Let's have a look at how we can quickly determine which version of Windows you have.

Go to Start Menu and right-click on Computer/ My Computer

Then select “properties”.

At the very top of the next screen, you'd realize that your problem regarding how to determine the version of Windows on a computer has been solved!

How to Check Your Windows Version

For further information you can check the bottom of the screen, it lets you know if your Windows version is activated or not.

In case it's not, I suggest you buy a genuine Windows version or you might be running a hundred different types of risks.

Alternatively: If you did not find the Windows version using the method mentioned above, you can go to Control Panel > System to get the version of the Windows.

Final Words:-

So that was all I had regarding How to check your windows version folks. I hope this piece helped if it did I'd love to get your feedback in the comments section.

If you've got other ways to verify Windows versions, feel free to share them in the comments section down there.

Not to mention that you can hit the share button and share this piece with your Social Media friends, it might come in handy to some of them!

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How to Enable Built-in Administrator Account on Windows?

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Enable Built-in Administrator Account in Windows

The Windows operating system has always been known for its different tier accounts. So for the length and breadth of this article, we would be learning How to Enable a Built-in Administrator Account on Windows.

I personally was acquainted with the “administrator” accounts around 6 years back when I had a keen interest in “hacking” because hacking Windows XP administrator accounts was a walk in the park.

But anyway, that's when I learned the “super-powers” the administrator account holds over the general accounts. And the biggest turn-on factor obviously was the fact that the accounts are hidden by default, and that just acts as a pushing mechanism for me to access it as far as I'm concerned.

So let's have a deeper look into what the Administrator accounts are and why you would want to Enable them.

What are Windows User Accounts?

Administrator Accounts:-

If you're familiar with “Linux superuser accounts” you'd understand what windows Administrator accounts are, they are basically accounts which let you log in to your Windows Operating systems with the highest level of administrative rights.

In other words, you get certain special privileges with the Administrator accounts on Windows compared to its general accounts.

With the Administrator accounts, you can pretty much do anything on the system. Copy any file from any location, change the password of other accounts, change the other account “types”, delete any file, etc.

In other words, it's the all-access account.

While there are two other types of accounts you should be aware of now that we're already talking about Administrator accounts.

Standard Accounts:- They're the accounts on the lower level of the Administrative accounts. They also let you do pretty much anything, just except major changes to the system.

For eg. you can change the wallpapers or the password to your own account or rename files and folders, but you can't make changes like editing the registry or uninstall the antivirus.

Family Safety Accounts:- These fall under the “standard” accounts but just with additional security measures. These are also called the “parental” accounts as they allow you to set certain restrictions on the accounts like time limits, restricted websites, etc.

It's actually better to be using a standard account rather than an administrator account in my opinion for the simple fact that; you get almost the same level of access with the standard accounts.

But with the standard account, the chances of you making a wrong command to the system are less because administrative changes are restricted.

Secondly, if you're logged in to the Administrator account and you leave the system un-monitored, it's possible that someone else accesses that system and makes damage-inducing changes to it.

But there are fewer chances of someone being able to do it if they gain access to the standard accounts.

How to Enable Built-in Administrator Account on Windows?

Well, I won't beat around the bush anymore, let me show you how to Enable Built-in Administrator Account in Windows.

The Administrator accounts are “in-built” to all Windows systems, but they're disabled by default so let's work on enabling them.

But let me be honest that the Windows team didn't hide it just for fun, there are quite a plethora of reasons why they might not want you accessing you that account, so unless it's really important, I suggest you leave the account be.

Go to Start Menu, and type “cmd” in the search box.

How to Enable Built-in Administrator Account on Windows

Then you'd want to right-click on the cmd tool, and click on “run as administrator”.

How to Enable Built-in Administrator Account on Windows

And then finally, paste the following line exactly as it is in the command-line tool and hit enter.

net user administrator /active: yes

How to Enable Built-in Administrator Account on Windows

Done! Just restart or log off and you'll be able to choose “Administrator” accounts now!

Well let me tell you that the above method works for all the other Windows operating systems (including 7,8,10), the only difference you might notice is the user-interface or icons.

How to Disable the Administrator Accounts?

Once you've experienced the power of the devil (administrator accounts), you might not want to unleash it ever again.

In fact, I've enabled the administrator account only twice in my lifetime, once for troubleshooting the system, and today for the sake of this article.

So when you want to disable it, just follow the same steps till you reach the command-line tool, and there paste this:-

net user administrator /active:no

How to Enable Built-in Administrator Account on Windows

What you just did is, you disabled the active status of the Administrator account for your system.

Well, you can obviously turn it back on at any moment you please to, so the changes aren't permanent. But it's better if the genii stay in the bottle.

Final Words:-

So that was all I had on How to Enable Built-in Administrator Account on Windows folks, hope this piece helped you.

If it did, I'd love to get your feedback in the comments section. Not to mention that if you've got even simpler methods to enable built-in administrator accounts for Windows, feel free to let us know, I'll include it over here if it feels right.

Also if for some reason the above method didn't work for your Windows' version, or you messed something up, feel free to use the comment box in that case as well, I'll try to solve your query as best to my knowledge as possible.

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