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3 Ways to Rename Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 10

Like any other Windows, Windows 10 comes with one built-in administrator account, whose default name is Administrator. This account has the highest level of authority to access and control the computer. Because of this, the built-in administrator account is usually the most targeted account by hackers or malicious programs. To enhance the security of one built-in administrator account, it is one good idea to rename the account. If you want to rename the built-in administrator account in Windows 10, follow any of the three ways.


Way 1: Rename built-in administrator account via Computer Management

Step 1: Open Computer Management in Windows 10, by pressing Win + X and then selecting Computer Management.

Step 2: On the left-side pane of the Computer Management window, expand Local Users and Groups and then select the Users folder. So you can see all user accounts including the built-in Administrator account on your Windows 10 listing on the middle pane.

Select Users folder

Step 3: Right click on the built-in administrator account, and then select Rename from the context menu.

Select Rename

Step 4: The built-in administrator account’s name will be highlighted and editable. You just need to type a new name and hit Enter.

Type new name for administrator account

Way 2: Rename built-in administrator account using Group Policy Editor

Step 1: Open Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 10.

Step 2: On the left-side pane, navigate to: Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options. With Security Options selected, look for the policy named "Accounts: Rename administrator account", and then double click this policy.

rename administrator account policy

Step 3: With the "Local Security Setting" tab selected, the name of the administrator account is highlighted and editable. Type a new name in the field, and then click Apply followed by OK to rename the administrator account.

type new name for administrator account

Way 3: Rename built-in administrator account using Control Panel applet

This method only applies when your built-in administrator account is enabled.

Step 1: Open the User Accounts dialog. To do this, first, bring up the Run dialog box by Win + R, type in control userpasswords2, and click OK.

type in control userpasswords2

Step 2: With the Users tab selected, select the built-in administrator account’s name, and then click the Properties button. If the Properties button is greyed out and non-clickable, check the box next to "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" to activate the Properties button.

Click Properties

Step 3: With the General tab selected, type a new name in the field next to "User name", and click Apply followed by OK.

type new name