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.
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. Open up the Control Panel
2. Find User Accounts and Family Safety. Below this link click on the smaller sublink Add or remove user accounts
3. Confirm the UAC prompt
4. Click on your newly created administrator account:
5. Click on the link Delete the account
6. If the account had any own pictures, videos, music, etc. you can keep the files or let Windows delete them, your choice:
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. Confirm that you want to proceed. (Make sure you don’t need the user account)
8. 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. Open an elevated command prompt
2. Enter net user administrator /active:no
3. This will hide the administrator account
4. You can enable it via net user administrator /active:yes
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