How to Delete an Administrator Account Without the Password

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Only a user with administrator privileges can delete an administrator account. Administrator privileges provide access to all the programs, files and folders on the computer; by contrast, a standard user account only provides access to the user's own files and folders. A standard user cannot install software that affects other users. Those with administrator accounts, however, can make whatever changes to the computer that they wish, and can even delete another administrator account. When an administrator deletes another administrator's account, a password is not required.

  • Click the "Start" button.

  • Type "user accounts" (without the quotation marks) in the "Search programs and files" box. Click "User Accounts" to open the User Accounts window.

  • Click the "Advanced" tab.

  • Click the "Advanced" button under "Advanced user management"; this opens the "Local Users and Groups" console.

  • Select "Users" from the "Local Users and Groups" console.

  • Right-click the administrator account that you wish to delete in the right window. Click "Delete." Click "OK" to confirm the deletion.

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