Renaming the Administrator account in Windows XPhome edition

By Pazuzu ยท 6 replies
Oct 8, 2005
  1. I am trying to find a way to rename the Administrator account in Windows XP Home edition. So far I have found only one reference which suggests starting Windows XP from CD.I am a bit restricted at the moment - I need to get a printer to work with my new PC so lengthyinstructions are a bit of a problem. This is all I have found so far :-

    I wonder if anyone has any options which might be simpler for a novice?
  2. pkroks

    pkroks TS Rookie Posts: 259

    all i do is go to control panel-user accounts-account-change name. it works for me, dono if it will work for you... :grinthumb
  3. Pazuzu

    Pazuzu TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 211

  4. Pazuzu

    Pazuzu TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 211

    EasiLI done Series Tutorial

    This was a very clear tutorial that enabled me to rename the Administator account :-
    http// - from "Start" --> "run" type control userpasswords2 in text box next to "open"

    I have restarted & all seems well
  5. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    Great stuff. I'd seen it before but wasn't able to try it (due to not haveing a compy of home edition.

    Will add it to the thread :) Thankyou very much for telling us.
  6. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    You can also change it via the local security policy editor. Local Policies -> Security Options -> Accounts: Rename administrator account.

    It's also a good idea to change the guest account, even if it's disabled.

    You can get more tips at the Guide to Windows Online Security & Privacy @ Techspot.
  7. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    I can't believe I'd forgotten that was there! Cheers Didou :D

    I've added a link to that guide at the bottom of the securing windows post. The post is only meant to be a quick 'n dirty straightforward set of instructions for securing windows for those who don't feel comfortable or can't be bothered to go the whole hog and/or research what they need to do. It seems like a good idea to link to the techspot guide though for anybody who wants to take it further though.
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