How to remove administrator account in Windows 7

Jon, one of our readers wanted to know how to remove the admin account in Windows 7. He accidentally created an administrator account and now wants to remove it again. So, here’s a guide how you remove an administrator and/or any other user account.


How to remove administrator account

Tip: Only use the administrator account when you really have to, e.g. perform tasks that require administrative permissions. For everything else you should use a regular account. For extra security, you can hide the administrator account.

Remove Administrator Account

If you accidentally created an admin account, you can remove like any other account. The built-in admin account of Windows 7 can not be deleted (for obvious reasons) but can be hidden: Hide admin account

1. StepOpen up the Control Panel
2. Step Find User Accounts and Family Safety. Below this link click on the smaller sublink Add or remove user accounts

Add or remove user accounts in Windows 7

3. StepConfirm the UAC prompt
4. Step Click on your newly created administrator account:

Administrator account

5. StepClick on the link Delete the account

Delete Administrator Account

6. Step If the account had any own pictures, videos, music, etc. you can keep the files or let Windows delete them, your choice:

Delete User Account Files

If you decide to keep the files, they will be stored in a folder with the name of the user account right on your desktop.

7. Step Confirm that you want to proceed. (Make sure you don’t need the user account)

8. Step Wait a second until Windows removed your admin account.

Hide Main Administrator Account

As a matter of fact, you can’t remove the built-in administrator account. The main admin account will always be there, but you can hide it.

1. Step Open an elevated command prompt
2. Step Enter net user administrator /active:no
3. Step This will hide the administrator account
4. Step You can enable it via net user administrator /active:yes

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8 Responses to How to remove administrator account in Windows 7

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Dennis Mickey said:

    This may work for Windows 7 Professional but there is no link for Delete the account in Windows 7 Home Premimum edition.

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    mikie said:

    It’s a required account.. default should be not active.
    Windows can’t live without it.

  3. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Paul said:

    Hi, Thanks for posting this.
    I wanted to show the main administrator account
    C:\net user administrator /active:yes
    System error 5 has occured

    Access is denied.

    Is this normal? I wouls like to have admin privilages at a lower level like with win xp

    any ideas,?

  4. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Rosalie said:

    I simply cannot remove the administrator’s account, which I never knew how it got there, maybe when I took the computer for repairs, I have Windows 7 Home Premium and there is not a delete option, please help

  5. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    sOliver said:

    Rosalie, the answer is given above, it can only be hidden, not deleted.

    You can learn how to hide the admin account here:
    Hide admin account

  6. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Asley said:

    I use command net user administrator /active:no, but the account is still here

  7. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Larry Riccio said:

    How can get rid of Admistrator account! I can not open anything, or any files. I have Windows 7.

    Larry Riccioh

  8. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Brad Nichols said:

    I still can’t remove the adminstrator log in. it says its on. I have been able to disable it. It was put on when I had tech support help a few days ago remotely. How can I get that log in screen removed. Mine is next to it, but I don’t want to see the adminstrator icon anymore, even though it has been disabled. please help. thanks

    Brad

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