Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: administrator privileges?

04 Sep 2011   #1
Jack C

Windows 7 Professsional 64 bit
 
 
administrator privileges?

Hello,
Windows 7 Pro
I am the only user and thought I had full privileges. But I get messages that I don't have permission to do certain things, change system settings etc.
How to I get unrestricted privileges on my machine?

Many thanks.

Jack


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

04 Sep 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You can use the built-in adminstrator account, but if you do, please make sure it is protected with a really strong password.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

What I would advise is use the built-in account to install your applications and set things up how you want them, but revert to your standard account for everyday use on your computer.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Sep 2011   #3
Jack C

Windows 7 Professsional 64 bit
 
 

Thank you very much for the advice, links. I have gone over them and think I understand. Since I'm the only user, I wasn't really concerned about security. I guess I'm still used to XP where I ran as administrator all the time. I'm having a hard time getting used to having Windows 7 keeping me from getting into trouble! Maybe, honestly, I feel a bit of resentment as well.
Jack
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


05 Sep 2011   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

I'll be the first to admit that Windows 7 is vastly different to Windows XP, but the fact that anybody could use it (XP) as an administrator all the time left gaping holes in the operating system's defences against viruses.

Vista went way over the top with its intrusive UAC nagging, so I think you'll find Windows 7 will be far better in that respect.

Once superfetch (the way in which Windows 7 learns which programs you use most) is done and dusted, UAC prompts will be greatly reduced.

I hope you get to like Windows 7. Personally, I think it's Microsoft's best operating system yet.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Sep 2011   #5
Jack C

Windows 7 Professsional 64 bit
 
 

SeaVixen,

Well, your comments on the increased security with Win7 makes me feel better about being protected. I bypassed Vista, so it was quite a leap to Win 7, and I'm still more comfortable with my WinXP box (Win 7 is on a new laptop). Eventually I'll go Win 7 completely, I'm sure.

Thanks again.

Jack
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Sep 2011   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome Jack. Just pleased to be of help.

You can always keep your XP box for your older programs should you want to.

While you're getting to grips with Windows Seven, don't hesitate to use the forum, we're here to help.

All I would ask is that you start a new thread for a new problem.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Sep 2011   #7
Jack C

Windows 7 Professsional 64 bit
 
 

start a new thread for a new problem.
Will do so.
Thanks again

Jack
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 administrator privileges?




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Unable to use administrator privileges
I own an hp touchsmart 310-1020 pc running windows 7 home premium 64 bit. I was trying to sync my iPad 2 to iTunes via USB, but iTunes kept freezing up as soon as I clicked on any function. So I tried to repair it via apple's iTunes download. That didn't work as I still had the same issue. So I...
General Discussion
Locked out of administrator privileges
I am new to Windows 7 after having used XP for quite some time. For security reasons, I used XP with the "Administrator" account just for program installation/windows update and then used a second user account that was a "power user" (i.e., not an administrator). I tried to do the same with...
General Discussion
Need Administrator Privileges
I'm using Windows 7 Professional. Occasionally I get a popup window that tells me to download a new version of my malware program and provides a link to do that. When I click on the link a dialog window pops up and tells me that I need administrative privileges to perform that action. I'm the only...
General Discussion
Group Administrator Privileges
This is a strange one, we have about 7 Win7 Pro machine in our office along with 20 XP machines. From Computer Management>Local Users & Groups>Groups>Administrators we have Domain Admins assigned here but we also include Domain Users. Our server runs Windows Server 03 R2. The first problem is...
Network & Sharing
Administrator Privileges?
I keep bumping into issues that require Administrator access (accessing some directories, installing software, some internet access, etc.). I went to users, and have ONE account there, my account. and next to the account name on the icon it says "Administrator". So if I am the administrator, why...
General Discussion
UAC and Administrator privileges
Hi everybody I have one Adminstrator account, for myself, and Standard Users for my kids. There are a few programs from ASUS (update checker etc) that run at startup without a UAC notification when I log in to my account, but will ask for the Admin password when logging in the Standard User...
System Security

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:57.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App