In Windows, how do I create an administrator account?

Note: Although a default computer administrator account named "Administrator" is created during installation, you'll 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 probably won't 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 appropriate instructions below:


On a computer in the IU ADS domain

To create an administrator account on a Windows 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 then, 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

To create an administrator account on a Windows 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.

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