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How to delete admin account

  1. #1


    Croatia
    Posts : 26
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64

    How to delete admin account


    How can I delete admin account which I have created by accident? My main account is live account and I don't want any other accounts on my laptop. Is this possible or I have to reinstall Windows?

    Also, how can I manage for my main account to have all permissions?

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  2. #2


    England, Northamptonshire
    Posts : 536
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard


    How was this account created? If it was created through Control panel then you can simply navigate to the user and remove it

    If this was a built-in Administrator account then you cannot remove it however you can disable the account by following this tutorial (Option one only) - Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

    Hope This Helps,
    Josh!
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  3. #3


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    In the elevated command prompt:
    Code:
    net localgroup Administrators UserName /delete
    net localgroup Users UserName /delete
    Note:
    • UserName - name of the user you want to delete
    • Users and Administrators are user group names in English Windows. For localized group names, see net localgroup.

    Then delete C:\Users\Username
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  4. #4


    Croatia
    Posts : 26
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    When I use "net localgroup Administrators Administrator /delete" in cmd I get next error:

    "System error 1371 has occurred. Cannot perform this operation on built-in accounts."

    The problem is that when I install Windows (it was before about 5 or 6 months, I guess), I only had my original live account that I was setted up. Before about 2 or 3 weeks I played with permissions under my account and I somehow I created Administrator account and I can't get rid of it.
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  5. #5


    England, Northamptonshire
    Posts : 536
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard


    Please follow this tutorial (Option one) on how to disable the Administrator account - Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

    Josh
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  6. #6


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    @Tonchi
    You said you had created an account, while in fact you had activated the built-in Administrator account. There's a difference, and that's why my commands wouldn't work.

    Don't mess with the built-in Admin, you may need it should your current user profile get corrupted. You can disable the built-in admin:
    Code:
    net user administrator /active:no
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  7. #7


    Croatia
    Posts : 26
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    I have disabled built in admin and everything goes wrong after that.

    First, for every single action on the computer I need to type Administrator password and that message don't show me any field to type that password (even there is no password). Second, now I can't get on the internet. I can see under connections (not wifi) "VirtualBox Host-Only" which was never here before in my entire life. I don't even have VirtualBox installed on my laptop.

    If I somehow (ask God how, because I don't know) managed to activate that Admin account, then I should be able to remove it somehow. In those 5-6 months I never saw that account anywhere on my computer.

    Now I even can't get back that admin account. I get message "System error 5 has occurrec. Access is denied."

    If I should reinstall Windows, I will get angry because I would have to install Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate again along with Windows Phone SDK 8.0, SQL Server, Office 2013 and other small programs. It would take me a entire life to install those again.

    Is there any way to get my laptop back in normal shape?
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  8. #8


    England, Northamptonshire
    Posts : 536
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard


    Could you start your machine in safe mode by following this tutorial and then log in as the Administrator account. Once logged in make sure that there is an Administrator on the machine by either enabling the built-in or creating one

    Safe Mode - Start Windows 8 in

    Hope This Helps,
    Josh!
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  9. #9


    I've experienced this before, like Shadowjk said, get in to safe mode.
    Login as Administrator (it'll be automatically enabled in Safe Mode).
    Hit +R, type lusrmgr.msc then click OK.
    Open Users, then double click your username.
    On the dialog box open Member Of tab, then click Add.
    Type "Administrators" in the select groups window, then click OK.
    Restart to normal, login as usual.

    Try doing that, tell me if it doesn't work.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    @Tonchi
    There's no reason to get angry, because so far you're getting exactly what you asked for. It's just you expected different results :)

    Disabling or even completely messing up the built-in Administrator has no effect on other accounts. Since you're having issues, I suspect you linked your MSFT account to the built-in Administrator, and then disabled the latter. So you have to re-enable it, and there are two ways:

    1. Use the administrative account you created during Windows installation. Unless you used the answer file, there must be such account, because the built-in Administrator is disabled otherwise. This is basically what Shadowjk suggests, if I read it correctly :)

    2. If you've managed to delete or disable the administrative account created during installation, follow MrShowdown's advice. In a non-domain environment, the built-in Administrator account is indeed gets re-enabled temporarily in Safe Mode, but only if there are no other active administrative accounts.

    If you still need help, please post the:
    • results of the net user command
    • screenshot of C:\Users open in Explorer
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