How to Remove a Built-In Account for Administering

by Chris Loza

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."

Warning

  • close 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.

About the Author

Chris Loza has published essays and book reviews in major Philippine newspapers since 2005. His work has appeared in the "Philippine Daily Inquirer" and "Philippine Star." Loza also worked as a technical writer for LWS Media. He has a Bachelor of Science in electronics and communications engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University.