Cant remove administrator account windows 10

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.



  1. David Schiff

    I have Windows 10 Home version 1703
    I do not have Computer Management/ Local Users and Groups. That is, there is nothing between Shared folders and Performance


    • Jack Busch

      Computer Management is not available in Windows 10 Home, so you’ll have to use the command prompt instructions.


  2. luislast

    Wouldn’t you have to create a password as well, to access the Admin account?


  3. Abdul Rehman

    bro its show me
    System error 5 has occurred.

    Access is denied.


    • Clive Lloyd-Jones

      What’s “it”? The command prompt or computer management? If you mean the command prompt, did you run it in administrator mode?


      • Antonio

        From command prompt I also get ‘System error 5 has occurred’
        Access is denied


        • Clive Lloyd-Jones

          You need to open what is called an “elevated” command prompt (which is basically a command prompt with admin rights).

          Windows 8 & 8.1 have a built-in admin command prompt (press windows key+x) and you will see the option which says “Command Prompt (Administrator)” or, if it’s windows 10, in the search bar / Cortana, type cmd. When it shows you the cmd results (on your machine, not the internet) use the right mouse button to click it and select “Run as administrator”.

          This will open a command prompt with admin rights. Now try the fix again. It shouldn’t give you any access denied issues :)


  4. Tyler Jenkins

    What happens if the laptop has an error stating that there was an error saving the account is disabled?


  5. Jonathan Sandrelli

    Run as administrator. how do you run as admin if you don’t have admin?


    • Clive Lloyd-Jones

      Right mouse click and select run as administrator.


  6. Donald Aday

    Thanks for the useful information. One item…a couple of lines need an edit:

    To disable it, type the following command and press Enter:

    Disabling it is just as easy, type net user administrator /active:no

    Suggest deleting the first line above, and putting a line break in the second line as follows:

    Disabling it is just as easy, type: <—-use standard instead of boldface font

    net user administrator /active:no


    • Rob



  7. Caleb Edosomwan

    I cannot run CMD as administrator because the administrator account was disabled so it always shows me no without the yes option


  8. jayanth G

    it Works Thankyou


  9. John

    Mine is c;\Users\John

    How do I get back to c:\windows\


    • Clive Lloyd-Jones

      Open CMD prompt and type “CD ..” (always without the quotes) to move back one directory at a time, or type “CD \” (if you want to go to the root (main) directory, or if you want to go straight to the windows directory (as in your case) just type “CD C:\Windows”.

      CD stands for Change Directory in DOS / Cmd prompt.


  10. Van

    Thanks, man you just saved my time thank you so much

    I forgot my account password then I use Lazesoft to remove my password and there were bunch of other users.
    I was confused but did a little research on the web and found this thank you again


  11. Yana

    I need security password and username when i go to cmp


  12. Yana

    what do i put for full name it wont let me press ok without it


  13. Clive Lloyd-Jones

    If you have an admin account, use your profile (windows log in) user name.
    If that doesn’t work, try admin or administrator.


  14. Yana

    still doesn’t work


  15. Clive Lloyd-Jones

    How many accounts do you have? If it’s only the one and that doesn’t work you may need to enable the admin account and use that. What version of windows are you using?


  16. Rajah

    it wont let me remove a administrator beacuse im trying to play roblox but is says bloked by administrator

    Why can't I remove administrator account Windows 10?

    You can't delete the normal administrator account when you are login with it. So, you should sign in with another administrator account (has administrator privilege), and then remove that one you don't need. Built-in administrator can't be truly removed from your Windows 10 system, but can be disabled and hidden.

    How do I get rid of built

    Disabling the Built-in Administrator Account.
    Run the sysprep /generalize command. When you run the sysprep /generalize command, the next time that the computer starts, the built-in Administrator account will be disabled..
    Use the net user command. Run the following command to disable the Administrator account: cmd Copy..

    How to disable administrator account in Windows 10 without admin rights?

    When Windows 10 boots to login screen, click the ease of access icon to run Command Prompt without login. 5. Type the command "net user username /delete" and press Enter to delete administrator account without password login or admin rights.