How to Disable Administrator Account in Windows 10

Microsoft Windows has had a lot of makeovers over the years, some of which brought more changes than others. The latest updates to Windows 10 are very sleek and user-friendly, but far from perfect. Regardless of which Windows 10 version you’re using, you want to make sure that the system is updated regularly, to ensure that you keep Windows 10 fast and speedy. Windows 10 includes a built-in Administrator account, which you can enable or disable. And it comes with two kinds of user accounts: Standard and Administrator. Do you know which one runs your computer? It’s easy to find out.

How to Disable Administrator Account in Windows 10

Enabling/Disabling Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 10

Perhaps you’re wondering what’s the purpose of the built-in administrator account in Windows 10? The likelihood of you actually needing to use it is very slim. The built-in administrator account is already disabled when you purchase a new computer with pre-installed Windows 10. It’s been the practice of Microsoft ever since Windows Vista. Here’s how you enable or disable the built-in administrator account in Windows 10:

  1. Go to Start menu (or press Windows key + X) and select “Computer Management”. Windows Start Menu
  2. Then expand to “Local Users and Groups”, then “Users”.
  3. Select the “Administrator” and then right-click and select “Properties”.
  4. Uncheck “Account is disabled” to enable it. Or check it to disable it.
  5. Click “Apply” and then “OK”.

Note: This is how you enable/disable a built-in administrator in Windows 10 Pro. That’s because Computer Management is only available in this edition of the operating system.

How to Disable Administrator Account

For Windows 10 Home, you can use Command Prompts instructions:

  1. Open the Start menu and type “CMD” into the search bar, just start typing and select “Run as administrator” when opening the command prompt. Command Prompt
  2. Type in the following command and press Enter “net user administrator /active: yes, to enable it. command prompt - 1
  3. Type in “net user administrator /active: no” to disable it. command prompt - 2

If you’ve accidentally locked yourself out of your Microsoft account, a built-in administrator account can help. But only if you’ve already made sure that it was enabled beforehand. Otherwise, you’re out of luck. The main purpose of the built-in administrator account is for OEM system builders which make tweaks to the system.

Windows 10

User Accounts

Windows 10 has two kinds of user accounts: Administrator and Standard. With a Standard account, you can go about most daily tasks, like surf the Web, run programs, check email, etc. But if you want to make significant changes to the system, like adding new software or adding and removing other user accounts, you have to be the Administrator.

In workspace environments, there are a lot of Standard user accounts. When it comes to your personal computer, it’s most likely that you’re the Administrator. If you want to find which type of user account you’re using, this is what you should do:

  1. Go to the Start menu and click on the “Account” logo, it’ll be your user name. Windows Start menu - 2
  2. Select “Change account settings”. Windows Start menu - 3
  3. You’ll see a window pop-up and your name there. Underneath you’ll see if it says “Administrator” or “Standard”. Windows 10 User Info page

How to Delete User Accounts

In case you have too many user accounts in your Windows 10 that are either not being used anymore, or you want to restrict someone’s access to your computer, you can remove them. Just keep in mind a few things:

  1. You must be signed in as the administrator to do this.
  2. You can’t delete the user account you’re currently signed in to.
  3. Make sure to always have one Administrator account enabled to avoid not being able to perform actions that require an administrator.

Here’s how you remove a user account in Windows 10:

  1. Go to the Start menu, then select Settings. Windows Start menu
  2. Next, select “Accounts” from the options. Windows 10 Settings page
  3. Then, select “Family and other users”. Accounts settings page
  4. Select the user account you want to remove under “Other users” and then select “Remove”.
  5. Accept the UAC (User Account Control) prompt.
  6. Select “Delete account and data” to delete the account and the data, follow the instructions on the screen.

Another way you can do this is to delete a User account in the Command Prompt. Follow these steps:

  1. Open a Command Prompt as described above. Command Prompt
  2. Type in “net user” and then hit Enter to see a list of all the users. Command Prompt - 5
  3. Type in “net user “User account” /delete” and then hit Enter again. Replace “User account” with the name of the account you want to delete. Command Prompt - 6

Administrative Power

Unless you’re an expert, you probably don’t know much about how your computer actually runs or what kind of features it offers. Fortunately, Windows 10 lets you customize and organize your PC the way you need it to be. But there are actions that go on in the background that you’re not even aware of. But it’s good to know that you can alter the administrative accounts, both built-in and user accounts.

Have you ever disabled a built-in administrator account before? And have you ever deleted any user accounts in Windows 10? Let us know in the comments section below.

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