How to Turn Off the Administrator Account in Windows 7 Professional

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Windows 7 Professional Edition features a built-in administrator account. By default, the initial account used to setup the Windows operating system is the administrator. Using this account, you have complete control of the computer. You can adjust system security, install hardware, download software, and access public or hidden files.

  • Click on the Windows 7 "Start" button.

  • Click "All Programs."

  • Click "Accessories."

  • Right-click on "Command Prompt."

  • Click "Run as administrator." You are only able to turn off administrative privileges if you already had those privileges in the first place. If you do not run the Command Prompt as an administrator, you can't use it to turn off the account.

  • Enter your password if prompted.

  • Type in the following command, without the quotations: "net user administrator /active:no"

  • Hit the "Enter" key to run the command, turning off the administrative account.

Tips & Warnings

  • The administrator account is vital for certain Windows 7 operations, and you usually shouldn't turn it off. Only turn off an account's administrative privileges if you have set up additional, backup administrator accounts on the computer.

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