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15 Sep 2009  
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by saverio View Post
Shawn,

Even if DrfSuperCenter's account was an admin account, when he installs software etc, he would still be prompted to give an admin password, so in essence does he really need an admin level acount if W7 always has a built in administrator?

When i upgraded from build 7000 to 7100 I created an account called Administrator as I had in 7000. However 7100 would not let me name the account administrator as it already existed, so I called it Admin.

Which got me thinking; if there is already a built in administrator account - do I really need to have any of the accounts as Administrator on my machine?
Hello Saverio,

The built-in Administrator account is disabled by default in Windows 7, so unless you have it enabled, you will need to keep the default administrator account that was setup during installation. These accounts are not the same though. Without at least one administrator account enabled, you would not be able to UAC approve or run anything that requires permission to run as adiministrator.
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