If you don’t want just anybody to be able to make changes to your sensitive files and systems, you’ll need to disable the administrator account.
Unlike most internet technology tasks, this isn’t much of a challenge. Of course, it’s still possible to accidentally lock yourself out of your own computer, so you’ll need to make sure to follow the steps laid out in this guide with close attention to detail.
Why You Should Disable Administrator Accounts
If your computer is going to be used for shared purposes with various people signing on and off, such as those at a library, you’ll need to make sure that nobody is capable of changing settings or reconfiguring your files and systems. To do so, you disable the administrator account.
How To Do It
Right-click on My Computer and select the Manage tab from the dropdown menu.
This will take you to a window full of various folders, locations, and other menus. You’ll want to avoid touching anything else, as many systems are related and accidentally changing the wrong setting can result in dire situations for your computer.
Click on “Local Users and Groups” then on “Users” and finally you’ll see a setting entitled “Administrator.” Click that to open a pop-up window including the Administrator settings and check the box that says, “Account is disabled.”
Once this has been done, that’s all you need to do.
Moving forward, you might one day decide that you need to restore administrative account permissions to debug or update your computer. So make sure that you always keep a note of exactly how you disabled it in order to remember how to reactivate it in the future.