Membership in Account Operators, Domain Admins, or Enterprise Admins, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at

To create a new computer account using Active Directory Administrative Center
  1. To open Active Directory Administrative Center, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Administrative Center.


    Another way to open Active Directory Administrative Center is to click Start, click Run, and then type dsac.exe.

  2. In the navigation pane, right-click the node in which you want to add a new computer account, click New, and then click Computer.

  3. In Create Computer, in the Computer section:

    • In Name, type the name of the new computer account.

      By default, the name that you type is also entered as the Computer (NetBIOS) name of the new computer account.

    • To protect the computer account from accidental deletion, select the Protect from accidental deletion check box.

    • If the computer using the account that you are creating is a pre–Windows 2000 computer, select the Assign this computer account as a Pre-Windows 2000 computer check box.

  4. In Create Computer, modify the appropriate values in the Managed By and Member Of sections, and then click OK.

Additional considerations

  • You can also perform the task in this procedure by using the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell. To open the Active Directory module, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell. For more information, see Create a New Computer Account (

    For more information about Windows PowerShell, see Windows PowerShell (

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