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Windows 7: Change From Name/Administrator > Full Adminstrator


10 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1, v.721 (Build 6.1.7601)
 
 
Change From Name/Administrator > Full Adminstrator

When I stalled Windows 7, I was with the understanding I was the Administrator.
But then I find it will not let me into system directories to access files and etc.

Upon checking I find the Admin account is still deactivated, was up with that?

How can I change my account to the real admin and keep all my settings and etc?
Or
How can I use the real Admin account and transfer my settings?

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10 Mar 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

That hidden administrator is not meant the be used the way that you intend. It is for solving problems, that cannot be solved in any other way. Use it on a daily basis you open yourself to all kinds of problems, including security.
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10 Mar 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

You will get no more access with Hidden Administrator than with an Adminstrative-level account with UAC turned off.

Access System and hidden files by unhiding them in Control Panel>Folder Options>View.

It's best to enable and run as Hidden Administrator during a reinstall as you must set up a complete new desktop, files, settings, etc. I would not do this unless you know what you are doing (and you know who you are)
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
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10 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1, v.721 (Build 6.1.7601)
 
 

I have worked on computers for years and I am very familiar with all the settings.
I have un-hidden all the system info and etc.

But the present admin permission will not let me access the files in my own user account! And when I do certain installs and etc it says you do not have admin
permission!

There has to be a better way, I have worked with computers for years also and I'm MCSE. But I do not understand this having 2 admin accounts in win 7?

I have the hidden administrator account activated now I would just like to transfer all my settings to this account?
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10 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1, v.721 (Build 6.1.7601)
 
 

I disagree with both of you, the present admin permissions are preventing me from doing simple tasks in the user folders and accessing the system folders like I have done for years.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You will get no more access with Hidden Administrator than with an Adminstrative-level account with UAC turned off.
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10 Mar 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello RLHoldenSr, welcome to Seven Forums!


You will find there are still junction points you cannot get access to, if these are what you are referring to as they do not actually exist.
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10 Mar 2011   #7

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Please keep in mind RlHoldenSR, that Windows 7 is not Windows XP and should not in any way be treated as such.
You will need to unlearn what you have learned.

Many of the things that people were allowed to do in XP had actually created many of it's vulnerabilities.

Note: Documents and Settings are no longer where profiles are kept.

Users is where profiles are kept.

Data can not be saved to root of C:, Windows or System32 , among others.
Without first turning off UAC (which is not advisable)


What folders paths and files exactly are you trying to access?
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10 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1, v.721 (Build 6.1.7601)
 
 

Thanks for the very helpful reply!

If you check my birthday 07/04/1952 you will see I have been around for some time and into computers from the very beginning, before www was even widely known.

I was using something known a a slip account and 300 baud dial up modems!

And I also paid $1,500.00 to have my first IBM XT built

So far I truly like what I see in Win 7 x64

I was trying to access some folders under my User>RobinSr and it told me I did not have permission.

I also had some trouble accessing the >User>RobinSr>Download area?



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
Please keep in mind RlHoldenSR, that Windows 7 is not Windows XP and should not in any way be treated as such.
You will need to unlearn what you have learned.

Many of the things that people were allowed to do in XP had actually created many of it's vulnerabilities.

Note: Documents and Settings are no longer where profiles are kept.

Users is where profiles are kept.

Data can not be saved to root of C:, Windows or System32 , among others.
Without first turning off UAC (which is not advisable)


What folders paths and files exactly are you trying to access?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Mar 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

You should be able to transfer your settings by copying the contents of the hidden User>Named>Appdata folders to the same folders in the User>Administrator account. You don't need the temporary folders' contents.
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10 Mar 2011   #10

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

if you open explorer and click on Downloads folder on the Left.
Do you still get an error?

Something tells me you are not running as the account you think you are.
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