Latest in Windows 10 1809 Bugs: Upgrading Could Disable Built-In Administrator Account

Jan 2, 2019
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Apparently, we aren’t yet done with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update issues. A fresh new problem (or more like a nuisance) has surfaced thanks to an update posted by Microsoft Taiwan. In a blog post, the company writes that if you are upgrading to the latest Windows 10 1809 from version 1803, “the built-in Administrator account is inadvertently invalidated.”

Definitely not a big issue like the ones we have seen previously, but it could turn out to be an annoyance for some. The company further adds (via TechDows) that this latest one of the Windows 10 1809 bugs appears when both of the following conditions are met:

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  • The built-in Administrator account is valid (enabled).
  • There are other accounts that also have Administrator permissions.

Microsoft added that it is currently working to resolve the issue and will deliver a patch later in January. “Therefore, if you need to upgrade before the patch is released, please confirm that you can surely sign in with a user [account] with administrative privileges other than the built-in administrator, before you upgrade,” the local company site suggested (translated).

This means that before making the upgrade, simply create another account with admin privileges (which sounds like meeting the above criteria for activating this bug in the first place…)

If you have already upgraded, you can activate the built-in admin account through Start > Computer Management > Local Users and Groups > Users. Right click on Administrator and select Properties to uncheck “Account is disabled.”

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