built-in administrator account

Contributor(s): Toni Boger

In the Windows operating system (OS), the built-in administrator account is the first account created when the operating system is installed. 

The built-in administrator account was originally intended to facilitate setup and disaster recovery, but because the account was always called "administrator," it had the same user name on all computers and was often given a consistent password throughout the enterprise.  Beginning with Windows 7, the administrator account is disabled by default so only local accounts specifically created with administrator privileges -- or domain accounts that are members of the domain administrator's group -- can log on as administrator.

This was last updated in November 2012

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