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How to disable the Local Administrator account in Windows
Article ID: 281140 - View products that this article applies to.
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This step-by-step article describes how to disable the local Administrator account. This information does not apply to the Domain Administrator account in an Active Directory domain.
Important Before you disable the local Administrator account, make sure that another user (on the domain or a local user) is a member of the local Administrators group.
RequirementsTo follow the steps in this article, you must be using a computer that is running Windows 2000 or Windows XP, and you must be logged on with an account that has administrator privileges.
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How to Disable the Local Administrator Account on Windows XPNote Before you disable the local Administrator account, make sure that there is at least one other local or network user who can gain access to the computer with administrator permissions. Otherwise, you will not be able to reverse this action in the future.
How to Deny Access to the Local Administrator on Windows 2000In Windows 2000, you cannot disable built-in accounts. However, you can deny access to the local Administrator account by modifying the local security settings.
Note: Before you follow these steps, make sure that there is at least one other local or network user who can gain access to the computer with administrator permissions.