group policy preferences to disable local administrator account not working

I am attempting to disable the builtin local administrator account using group policy preferences.
My Domain is a mixed 2003\2008 domain and the computers I am trying to disable the local admin account on are win xp pro. (with the client side gpo updates installed) I am able to create other accounts locally on the machine and set the password and permissions with group policy but the settings I try to apply to the builtin local administrator account are not working.

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Take a look at this page, it offers some good solutions to your problem. The one that I use more often than not is renaming the administrator account and setting a strong password, but it also walks you through disabling the account through GP.

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mattolanAuthor Commented:
Ok, gave it a shot and id doesn't seem to be working .do you know if that group policy setting needs to be applied at the domain root level. I know some of those security settings like password settings only work if they are applied at the domain root level. I don't want to apply this to my entire domain. just my desktops if that is the case.

The setting in the article you posted is different from the settings I was origianlly asking about.
I was playing arround in the "Computer>>Preferences>>Control Panel settings>>Local Users and Groups" area originally
Malli BoppeCommented:
You don't need to apply on the domain level.It should be applied to the workstations OU.
Run gpresult /z on the workstation to see if the GPO is getting applied.
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mattolanAuthor Commented:
This policy is not very clear, Should I enable the policy or disable the policy to disable the administrator account?
Malli BoppeCommented:
Just enable it and on the workstation run gpupdate /force from command prompt.
If it prompts for a restart or log off do it and check the administrator account.

Did you actually check if the GPO is getting applied by running gpresult /z or you run rsop.msc from the command prompts
mattolanAuthor Commented:
Yes I did. here is the result

            GPO: Disable Local Administrator Account
                Policy:            EnableAdminAccount
                Computer Setting:  Enabled
Malli BoppeCommented:
So did it work I mean did it disable the account.
mattolanAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the slow responce. Yes this does seem to work,  although the policy has very little explanation and the working is not so good. I had to set it to disabled to disable the admin account
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