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Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

  1. #80


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    Nar, you should never use the built-in Administrator for everyday usage for security purposes. It should only be used as needed.

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  2. #81


    Greece
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    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hey Maggi,

    To rename built-in "Administrator" account:
    Built-in Administrator Account - Change Name - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Hi Shawn,

    I've just had a look at the W7 tutorial to change the built in admin account name and I am unable to use Options 2 or 3 with my version of Windows (not Pro or Enterprise). You mention this in the Enable/Disable tutorial but maybe missed mentioning it in the renaming one?

    I know I should post it on that tutorial but don't want to join W7 forum just to do this .

    So as I want to rename the folder also I assume Option 1 is the only one to choose and that I can only change the name AFTER enabling the account?
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  3. #82


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    No problem. I just added OPTION FOUR in the tutorial below that you can use to rename it with.

    User Account Name - Change in Windows 8
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  4. #83


    Greece
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    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    No problem. I just added OPTION FOUR in the tutorial below that you can use to rename it with.

    User Account Name - Change in Windows 8
    Thanks Shawn,

    This also renamed the folder, which I hadn't expected. Saved me working through that long tutorial to rename the folder though

    So my built in admin account is now renamed and password protected and I can tick another thing off the list.

    The only glitch was when I logged onto the account again to check the password was okay. I swiped to the right and clicked Settings and the screen went blank and everything froze. After waiting a while I used Alt Ctrl Del to check Task Manager but nothing seemed untoward there so used Alt Ctrl Del again and chose to log out. But this hung and I ended up powering down (shouldn't those autoend task etc. routines have cut in here??).

    The paranoid part of me wonders whether I should do a System Restore and start again, just in case anything went wrong??

    That aside; now the account is renamed and password protected, is it okay to keep it enabled? Or is it best to disable it and just enable when/if needed?
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  5. #84


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    64-bit Windows 10


    For better security, it would be better to disable the built-in Administrator and only enable it as needed. You'll need to use the new name instead of "Administrator" when you enable it next though.

    Does the built-in Administrator account work fine now?
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  6. #85


    Greece
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    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    For better security, it would be better to disable the built-in Administrator and only enable it as needed. You'll need to use the new name instead of "Administrator" when you enable it next though.

    Does the built-in Administrator account work fine now?
    Yes, it seems to be fine now Shawn. I just get this thing occasionally where everything freezes and I have to power down. I think it may be IE related but never been able to really pin it down. I suspect the main thing it does is leave me with a bad block from the power down.

    On the built in admin account I have an icon for Mcafee which I uninstalled from this laptop months ago but I checked and Mcafee isn't there as a program, nor are there any rogue files hanging around so I'll just leave it be for now, and delete the icon if I remember when I next use the account.

    And I will disable the account until I need it.

    On the Programs and features there is a feature called Powerful Uninstall (or something similar that suggests it is better than normal). I don't have this on my normal admin account. Is it something useful to know about?
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  7. #86


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    "Powerful Uninstall" appears to be part of a 3rd party "IObit Uninstalled" program.

    IObit Uninstaller, Uninstall Tool, Advanced Uninstaller - IObit
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  8. #87


    Greece
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    "Powerful Uninstall" appears to be part of a 3rd party "IObit Uninstalled" program.

    IObit Uninstaller, Uninstall Tool, Advanced Uninstaller - IObit
    That's interesting Shawn. I do actually have the Advanced System Care product installed, and the uninstaller is part of this suite as well as a standalone download. I had no idea that it had installed this into the built in admin account though.

    I am planning to uninstall the main product as I don't like the fact that it makes some of its functions the default without asking, but I do quite like the uninstaller and had been wondering about keeping that even though I rarely use it.
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  9. #88


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    Windows 8.1


    Sorry if this should be obvious but, if I were to enable the built-in administrator account, will it be its own separate "fresh" account that no longer has all of my desktop icons, internet browser bookmarks, etc? And if so, then is there a way to instead upgrade my current account to the same status as the built-in administrator account? I know its not safe to use the built-in administrator account as my main account but I'm willing to take the risks as long as they're not a lot more threatening than I think.
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  10. #89


    Greece
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    My understanding is the built-in admin account is definitely a separate account, and there are some things you can't do when using it (like use store apps for example).

    An ordinary admin account has essentially the same status, so making your own account an admin one ought to give you what you need.
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