JSI Tip 4848. How do I disable the local Administrator account in Windows XP?

Disabling the local Administrator account provides an extra measure of security from hackers.

NOTE: Before you disable the local Administrator account, you must insure that another local or domain user is a member of the local Administrators group.

To disable the local Administrator account:

1. Log on as a user who is a member of the local Administrators group.

2. Right-click My Computer and press Manage.

3. Double-click Local Users and Groups.

4. Double-click Users.

5. Double-click Administrator.

6. Select the General tab.

7. Check the Account is disabled box and press Apply and OK.

NOTE: The next time that Administrator attempts to log on, the account will be denied access.

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