Disabling the administrator account on Windows XP SP2 & Windows Server 2003 SP1

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Microsoft Windows Server 2003
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Windows XP SP2
What are the ramifications of disabling the administrator account? Can I still access it by using the run as command? If not how can I make it so you can not log in as the admin but you can use it to do run as? I am looking to get this going on a Windows XP SP2 machine and a Windows Server 2003 SP1 machine.

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Some people suggest to rename the administrator account and create a dummy Administrator account and disable it. This will “kinda” hide the true admin account but it can still be discovered because of its SID… but that’s a whole different discussion.

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  • jinteik
    if lets say your id is ITKE (adminstrator rights), you still can use the run as command.. if lets say you are using AD and the pc access is just a user, and the user would like to install a new software, you still can use the run as command to install the software for the user.
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