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Windows 7: Administrator account isn't a 'real' administrator :(

30 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 (64bit)
 
 
Administrator account isn't a 'real' administrator :(

I hope this is the correct forum for this question.

I currently have Windows 7 32bit installed on one partition ( D: and I just installed Windows 7 (64bit) on another partition ( C:.

I log into Windows 7 64bit using Administrator BUT when I try to do things like move where the Administrators 'My Documents' folder is (I put user folders on a third partition) I get a message that I do not have permission and I should contact the administrator.

I AM the administrator. The only user account on the machine is Administrator. I have double checked that the account IS a member of the 'Administrators' group.

So, I am really confused.
How is the Administrator NOT an administrator ?

Any help/suggestions/ideas much appreciated.

Ang.

p.s. Does anyone know how to get the 'swirly windows logo' back as the boot graphic ?
I had to do a restore on the 32bit install and now I just get this green bar when it is loading.

Thanks

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30 May 2009   #2

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Hello Angahran,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

The account that you create when installing is not a true administrator account. It is a standard user account with administrator privileges. There is a disabled true admin acct. but I don't recommend using it unless absolutely necessary.

Also 'My Documents' is not an actual folder, but a hard link used to point older programs to the correct folder to install whatever would have gone into the My doc folder, which is now called simply Documents. If you move that you'll create problems. Same for the other 'My ...' folders. They should be hidden unless you have 'Hide protected operating sys files' unchecked in folder options.

Hope this helps.

Gary
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30 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 (64bit)
 
 

Thanks for the reply.

I'll try this again.

I am logged in as Administrator.
Administrator is a member of the Administrators group.

I can go to Administrator's Documents folder, rightclick and select properties, Location and move the folder. However, this leaves an empty folder which when I try to remove, tells me I need admin privileges to delete.

Since I am logged in as Administrator I don't know why I am getting this message.
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30 May 2009   #4

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Angahran View Post
Does anyone know how to get the 'swirly windows logo' back as the boot graphic ?
I had to do a restore on the 32bit install and now I just get this green bar when it is loading.

Thanks
Run command prompt as administrator type in bcdedit /set {current} locale en-US press enter, if english is not your language change en-US to match your locale.
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30 May 2009   #5

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

You can't move the actual Administrator's folders. You are going to screw up the installation by trying.
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30 May 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote:
I currently have Windows 7 32bit installed on one partition ( D: and I just installed Windows 7 (64bit) on another partition ( C:.
This is a bit confusing ... why are you trying to use 32 and 64bit OS's on one computer?
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31 May 2009   #7

Windows 7 (64bit)
 
 

Quote:
You can't move the actual Administrator's folders. You are going to screw up the installation by trying.
I'm using the operating system to move them, Location tab and move to different partition, (and I've always done much the same thing in XP.)
I tend to 'explode' my OS installs on a fairly regular basis and I've found that keeping as little as possible on the OS partition, and keeping regular Ghosts makes recovery easier.

Quote:
This is a bit confusing ... why are you trying to use 32 and 64bit OS's on one computer?
Because I'm testing things out, never had a 64bit OS before so comparing it to the 32bit version (spent 20 years trying to break software as a career, it's a hard habit to break).
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31 May 2009   #8

Vista Ult SP2/Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

Well I'm not 64-bit but assume it's no different in this regard. Since Vista things are tighter security-wise and the hidden Admin account is all-powerful and can't be messed with and is not the same as your account with Admin privileges.

I appreciate what you are trying to do and hopefully someone will have some opinions on this.
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31 May 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Follow this Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable[2]=User%20Accounts to get the full administrator account.
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31 May 2009   #10

 

Wow, this dude asked the exact same question that I wanted to ask for ages, but never did. Glad it is finally answered
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