Microsoft Windows has undergone many transformations over the years, some of which have brought more change than others. The latest Windows 10 updates are very sleek and user-friendly, but far from perfect. No matter what version of Windows 10 you're using, you want to make sure the system is updated regularly, to make sure you keep Windows 10 fast and fast. Windows 10 includes a built-in administrator account, which you can enable or disable. And it comes with two types of user accounts: Standard and Administrator. Do you know which one is running your computer? It's easy to find out.
You might be wondering, what is the built-in administrator account for in Windows 10? The likelihood of you actually needing to use it is very slim. The built-in administrator account is already disabled when you buy a new computer with Windows 10 preinstalled. This is Microsoft's practice since Windows Vista. Here's how to enable or disable the built-in administrator account in Windows 10:
- Go to the Start menu (or press Windows key + X) and select "Computer Management".
- Then expand to "Local Users and Groups", then "Users".
- Select "Administrator", then right-click and select "Properties".
- Uncheck “Account is disabled” to enable it. Or check it to disable it.
- Click “Apply” then “OK”.
Notes: Here's how to enable/disable a built-in administrator in Windows 10 Pro. This is because computer management is only available in this edition of the operating system.
For Windows 10 Home, you can use command prompt instructions:
- Open the start menu and type “CMD” in the search bar, just start typing and select “Run as administrator” when opening the command prompt.
- Type the following command and press Enter “net user administrator /active:yes, to enable it.
- Type “net user administrator /active: no” to disable it.
If you've accidentally locked yourself out of your Microsoft account, a built-in administrator account can help. But only if you have already made sure that it is activated beforehand. Otherwise, you're out of luck. The main purpose of the built-in administrator account is for OEM system builders who make changes to the system.
Windows 10 has two types of user accounts: Administrator and Standard. With a Standard account, you can perform most day-to-day tasks, like surfing the web, running programs, checking email, etc. But if you want to make major changes to the system, like adding new software or adding and removing other user accounts, you need to be the administrator.
In workspace environments, there are many Standard user accounts. When it comes to your personal computer, most likely you are the administrator. If you want to find the type of user account you're using, here's what you need to do:
- Go to the start menu and click on the “Account” logo, this will be your username.
- Select "Change account settings".
- You will see a pop-up window and your name there. Below you will see if it says "Administrator" or "Standard".
If you have too many user accounts in your Windows 10 that are no longer in use or you want to restrict someone's access to your computer, you can delete them. Just keep a few things in mind:
- You must be logged in as an administrator to do this.
- You cannot delete the user account you are currently logged into.
- Make sure you always have an enabled Administrator account to avoid being unable to perform actions that require an administrator.
Here's how to delete a user account in Windows 10:
- Go to the Start menu, then select Settings.
- Next, select “Accounts” from the options.
- Next, select “Family and other users”.
- Select the user account you want to remove under "Other Users", then select "Remove".
- Accept the UAC (User Account Control) prompt.
- Select "Delete account and data" to delete account and data, follow the on-screen instructions.
Another way to do this is to delete a user account in the command prompt. Follow these steps:
- Open a command prompt as described above.
- Type "net user", then press Enter to see a list of all users.
- Type “net user “User account” /delete” then press Enter again. Replace "User Account" with the name of the account you want to delete.
Unless you're an expert, you probably don't know much about how your computer actually works or what kind of features it offers. Luckily, Windows 10 lets you customize and organize your PC the way you want. But there are actions going on in the background that you aren't even aware of. But it's good to know that you can edit administrative accounts, both built-in accounts and user accounts.
Have you ever disabled a built-in administrator account before? And have you ever deleted user accounts in Windows 10? Let us know in the comments section below.