Managing the Builtin Administrator Account

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 12 July 2006 / Last Updated on 12 July 2006]

How to minimize the hazards of the built-in Administrator account.

The built-in Administrator account is the most powerful user account on a Windows computer, and therefore the most dangerous if it should fall into the wrong hands. Here are a couple of things you can do to minimize the dangers posed by this account:

1. Create a separate admin account for yourself, add it to the Administrators local group on the machine, and never use the built-in Administrators account.

2. Then, either disable the built-in Administrators account or give it a password that's reeeeeaaaaly long like 100 characters or so (127 max) and write this down somewhere and seal it in a safe or something.

Cheers, Mitch Tulloch, MVP

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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