How to Rename the built-in Administrator account in Windows XP/7/8

Published May 24, 2014 by Admin

The built-in Administrator account of Windows endows the PC users the authority to access and change files, programs and system settings, which is the most likely under attack and manipulated when malware penetrates inside your machine. Therefore, it is necessary and significant that you rename the Administrator account to make it less accessible. More importantly, for different versions of Windows, the way to rename the mentioned account may vary. This tutorial is going to introduce how to change the name of Administrator account with the use of Computer Management Console, Local Policy Editor and UserPasswords2 Control Panel respectively. Before taking actions, please check your operating system and make sure you follow the right guide.

Note: It will be knotty if you forget the name or password of the Administrator as they are difficult to retrieve. Hence, it is highly advised that you rename the account into the one that you can easily identify. Also, it will be securer if you note them down in some safe place in case of future need.

Rename the Administrator account:

Via Computer Management Console ( works for Windows 8/ 7/Vista)
Via the Local Policy Editor (works for Windows 8/7/Vista/ XP Professional)
Via UserPasswords2 Control Panel (works for all versions of Windows XP)

Method 1: Rename the Administrator account via Computer Management Console ( works for Windows 8/ 7/Vista)

1. After you boot up the Windows, right click My Computer, and select Manage from the drop-down menu. If a User Account Control prompt pops up, click Yes to proceed.

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2. This will bring up the Computer Management window. Select and expand System Tools -> Local Users and Groups -> Users subsequently. In the right panel, the users details will be listed, where you should be able to find the Administrator account.

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3. Select the Administrator account to highlight it. Afterwards, activate the right-click pop-up menu and choose Rename option. Thus, you can change the default Administrator name into whatever you what. When you finish typing, click on the blank space or hit Enter on the keyboard to make the change effective.
4. Now, the Administrator account should be renamed as you wish. Click the red X at the up right part of the window to exit Computer Management.

Method 2: Rename the Administrator account via Local Policy Editor (works for Windows 8/7/Vista/ XP Professional)

1. For Windows 8 users,press Win + R key to bring up Run box. Input secpol.msc and tap Enter .

For Windows 7/Vista users, click Start, type Local Security Policy in the search field. When Local Security Policy program appears in the search result, click it to open.

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For Windows XP Professional, click Start and then Control Panel subsequently. When the Control Panel shows, up, click Administrative Tools group twice and then double-click on the Local Security Policy option.

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2. After Local Security Policy screen pops up, on the left-hand panel, expand the Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options folder orderly to display submenu.

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Move to right panel, search for and select Accounts: Rename administrator account option as shown below. Double click the item to trigger off the manage its properties. Alternatively, you can right click on the item and choose Properties submenu.

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3. As shown is the following, you now will have the Accounts: Rename administrator account Properties dialogue, where you can rename the Administrator account easily. Remember to click Apply and then OK to confirm the change after you finish.

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Method 3: Rename the Administrator account via UserPasswords2 Control Panel (works for all versions of Windows XP)

1. Navigate to Start menu and select Run option. In the search field, put in control userpasswords2 and then click the OK behind the box.

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2. The User Accounts configuration window will display if you operate properly. Under the Users tab , you will find that the Administrator account is listed in the middle field. Select to highlight the Administrator account and click the Properties button on the down right corner.

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3. Afterwards, you should see that the WinXP/Administrator Properties dialogue jump up automatically. Under General tab, in the first column which is displayed as User name, you can edit and change the default name of Administrator account to whatever you prefer. If you are satisfied with the modification, click Apply and then OK button to complete the change process.

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In conclusion: It is a good practice that you change the default Administrator account name to a more individualized one to prevent it from being the first and prominent target of malware attack. You shall be able to rename the Administrator account easily and effortlessly with the guide above even you may have many different versions of Windows in the house. If you come across any difficulties, please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question in our forum.

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