Access Administrator account in W7 Home Premium

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For our simple 20 machine network at the Factory we do not use Domains, just a Workgroup and a common Password on the Administrator account; this enables us to map drives between machines with minimal IT support overheads.  We still mainly run W2k, but have a few machines with XP and Vista: however, having trialled W7 pre-release and found it much better, we plan to move these machines over to W7 and have a number of W7-Proffesional copies now ready to install..
I have today just bought a new machine with W7 Home Premium pre-installed, and as I will want to occssionally take it into the Factory and put it on the network was configuring it accordingly.  However, I do not seem  to be able to access the Administrator account at all as:
1) The 'control usepasswords2' option returns a screen, but not with the Administrator account visible, and using the 'Advanced' button returns 'This option is not supported in this version'
2) The Cmd line 'net user administrator /active:yes' returns 'system error 5 has occured: access is denied'
So... do I have a problem - or does someone know a way of enabling the root Administrator account?
Hope so, thanks in advance, Richard.
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Apologies for troubling you, but I found the answer myself in that when I called up the Comand prompt, I had done it using 'Windows Key /R' - What you need to do is use the Programs / Accessories optioni and then right click the 'Cmd' prompt and choose 'Run as Administrator'.  By doing this I was able to use the 'net user administrator /active:yes' comand, and then the 'control usepasswords2' option to edit the Password.
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Posted while I was typing my comment, but it would have worked, so thanks Technofile.
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This link explains a little better what is going wrong with your cmd prompt approach i think
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/enable-the-hidden-administrator-account-on-windows-vista/#
Lol, just added the link that shows that, Glad you have your problem solved.

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