How to Remove a Built-In Account for Administering

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In earlier operating systems like Microsoft Windows XP, the built-in administrator account is enabled without a password. This creates a security risk because anyone can simply log in as an administrator. For succeeding operating systems like Windows Vista and Windows 7, this account has been disabled as a default. The "Local Users and Groups" management console shows all the enabled and disabled users of the computer. It provides the option to add and delete users and to reset passwords.

  • Click "Start" and then click "Run."

  • Type "control userpasswords2" (without the quotation marks), and press "Enter" to open the "User Accounts" page.

  • Click the "Advanced" tab.

  • Click "Advanced" under "Advanced user management."

  • Click "Users" under "Local Users and Groups."

  • Right-click "Administrator" and click "Properties."

  • Check "Account is disabled," click "Apply," and then click "OK."

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not delete the built-in Administrator account because it's an account created out-of-the-box by Microsoft. It has privileges that may not be replicated if the account is deleted and a similar one is created. Microsoft advises to only disable the built-in Administrator account.

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