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In Windows, how do I create an administrator account?

Note: Although a default computer administrator account named "Administrator" is created during installation, you will still need to create a new administrator account and set a password before creating other accounts. By default, the Administrator account is disabled in Windows 7 and Vista; you will probably not need to enable it unless you need to take ownership of an account you no longer have access to, or perform advanced troubleshooting through the command line.

To create a new computer administrator account, follow the directions for the appropriate situation below:


On a computer in the IU ADS domain

Windows 8.x, 7, or Vista

To create an administrator account on a Windows 8.x, 7, or Vista computer in the Indiana University ADS domain:

  1. Navigate to the Control Panel.

    Note: For help navigating, see Getting around in Windows.

  2. Double-click User Accounts, click Manage User Accounts, and then click Add... .

  3. Enter a name and domain for the administrator account. Click Next > .

  4. Select the radio button titled Other: , and from the drop-down menu, choose Administrators.

  5. Click Finish, which will take you back to the User Accounts dialog box. Click OK.

Windows XP

Important: As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP with security updates. To ensure the highest security standards, the UITS Support Center no longer registers Windows XP devices to the IU network. UITS strongly recommends that you look into the options for replacing or upgrading your Windows XP computers for full compatibility with IU systems. See About end of life for Windows XP.

To create an administrator account on a Windows XP computer in the IU ADS domain:

  1. From the Start menu, click Settings, and then Control Panel.

  2. Double-click User Accounts, and then click Add... .

  3. Enter a name and domain for the administrator account. Click Next > .

  4. Select the radio button titled Other: , and from the drop-down menu, choose Administrators.

  5. Click Finish, which will take you back to the User Accounts dialog box. Click OK.

On a computer not in a domain

Windows 8.x, 7, or Vista

To create an administrator account for a Windows 8.x, 7, or Vista computer that is not a member of a domain:

  1. Navigate to the Control Panel.

    Note: For help navigating, see Getting around in Windows.

  2. Double-click User Accounts, and then click Manage User Accounts.

  3. Click Create new account. Enter a name for the account, and then click Next.

  4. Click Computer administrator, and then click Create Account.

Windows XP

Important: As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP with security updates. To ensure the highest security standards, the UITS Support Center no longer registers Windows XP devices to the IU network. UITS strongly recommends that you look into the options for replacing or upgrading your Windows XP computers for full compatibility with IU systems. See About end of life for Windows XP.

To create an administrator account on a Windows XP computer that is not a member of a domain:

  1. From the Start menu, select Settings, and then Control Panel.

  2. Double-click User Accounts.

  3. Click Create new account. Enter a name for the account, and then click Next.

  4. Click Computer administrator, and then click Create Account.
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Last modified on March 24, 2014.

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