Windows has a nice account handling system that easily lets you have multiple users on a single computer. You can have three types of accounts — Standard, Guest, and Administrator, with administrator accounts having the highest permission levels. Handling one is quite simple if you know what you’re doing. Here’s how to delete an administrator account in Windows.
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To delete an administrator account in Windows, log into a different administrator account, and go to Windows Settings -> Accounts -> Family & other users. Select the account you want to delete and click Remove-->Delete account and data.
There are two conditions you need to meet to be able to delete an administrator account in Windows. Firstly, you will need to be logged in to an account different from the one you want to delete. Secondly, that account needs be an administrator account, as you cannot delete an administrator account from a guest or standard account.
If you don’t have a spare administrator account, you’ll need to create one and log in to it. You can do that in Windows Settings -> Accounts -> Family & other users -> Add someone else to this PC. Follow the login flow, and click Change account type -> Administrator -> OK.
Open Windows Settings and click Accounts. In the left tab, click Family & other users.
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Under Other users, click the account you want to delete. The user profile will expand to show two options. Click Remove. A confirmation dialog box will pop up. Click Delete account and data.
Windows 10 includes a hidden Administrator account you can use to manage all the resources of the computer. In previous versions of Windows, such as Windows XP, this account was readily available when you set up your computer for the first time. Starting with Windows Vista, the built-in administrator account is disabled by default. In this article, we’ll take a look at how you can enable this built-in administrator account in Windows 10 and why you may or may not want to.
Enable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 10
There are two ways to enable the built-in administrator account. The easiest method is from within Computer Management.
Note: Computer Management is only available in Windows 10 Pro. Use the Command Prompt instructions below for Windows 10 Home.
Right-click the Start menu (or press Windows key + X) > Computer Management, then expand Local Users and Groups > Users.
Select the Administrator account, right-click on it, then click Properties. Uncheck Account is disabled, click Apply then OK.
Enable Built-in Administrator from Command Prompt (Windows 10 Home)
The command line can also be used to enable and disable the administrator account.
Open Start, type: CMD, right-click Command Prompt, then click Run as administrator.
Type the following command and press Enter:
net user administrator /active:yes
To disable it, type the following command and press Enter:
Disabling it is just as easy, type net user administrator /active:no
What’s the Built-in Administrator Account for?
Explaining the built-in administrator account in Windows 10 is a lot easier than explaining why you would want to. Simply put, unless you know why you want to use the built-in administrator account, you probably don’t need it. In fact, you should probably leave it disabled—the built-in administrator account has free rein across your entire system, which makes it a security vulnerability. But more to the point, there’s practically nothing that the built-in administrator account can do that a standard Windows 10 administrator account can’t do. When you first set up and configure Windows 10, the first account you create will be an administrator account.
If you’ve accidentally demoted, locked out, or forgotten the password to your administrator account, using the built-in administrator account may be your saving grace, but only if you’ve already enabled it beforehand since you need administrative privileges to enable or disable it. If that’s the purpose you’re using it for, you’re still better off creating a separate standard administrator account rather than using the widely-known and abused built-in administrator account.
So, why does the built-in administrator account exist in the first place? It’s mostly for OEM system builders, who may want to tweak the system before the out-of-box experience is complete. If that’s not you, then you’ll be hard-pressed to find a reason ever to use the built-in administrator account.