How to Remove the Administrator Account in Windows XP


You can remove Windows XP administrator accounts with specific steps provided by Microsoft, the makers of Windows. To remove an administrator account in Windows XP, you must be logged in to any account that has administrator privileges and the computer must be currently running Windows XP. Prior to removing an administrator account, be certain there is at least one other active administrator account, or Microsoft cautions "you will not be able to reverse this action in the future."

  • Log into Windows XP as an Administrator, or log in using an account that has administrator permissions.

  • Access the computer's "Start" menu.

  • Right-click "Computer." Double-click on the "Manage" option.

  • Expand the "Local Users and Groups" node. This will open a separate window. Click "Users."

  • Double-click "Administrator" in the original window, which will be on the right.

  • Click "OK" in the check box next to the words "Account Is Disabled."

  • Exit all of the windows in the management console. You will not be prompted to save, so make sure the "Account Is Disabled" box is checked before exiting.

  • Restart the computer. The administrator account will be removed upon start up.

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