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

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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