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Windows 7: Can the Administrator log into any account?

14 Dec 2011   #1
3DPiper

Windows 7
 
 
Can the Administrator log into any account?

I am the Administrator, can I log into any account using my admin pass?
I have several standard user accounts with passwords.. I don't want to remove their passwords or delete the accounts, just have access to them..


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14 Dec 2011   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 3DPiper View Post
I am the Administrator, can I log into any account using my admin pass?
I have several standard user accounts with passwords.. I don't want to remove their passwords or delete the accounts, just have access to them..
You can. It will ask you if you want to continue, say yes and it may ask you for admin credentials unless you have UAC turned off.
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14 Dec 2011   #3
vaidas3

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 3DPiper View Post
I am the Administrator, can I log into any account using my admin pass?
I have several standard user accounts with passwords.. I don't want to remove their passwords or delete the accounts, just have access to them..
You can. It will ask you if you want to continue, say yes and it may ask you for admin credentials unless you have UAC turned off.

im intrested please explain does this work in domain? only local users?
and how does it work?
I mean you have logon screen user name and password field you can just enter password (leaving the user unchanged) from user in admins group and log on on to any user name? password and user mismatch is okay (if password from user in admins gruop) is that what are you saying?
Or maybe youre talking about access to other users private folders/files?

But question was about log in to user account, not opening files, am i wrong?
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14 Dec 2011   #4
3DPiper

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
You can. It will ask you if you want to continue, say yes and it may ask you for admin credentials unless you have UAC turned off.

I can't seem to get this to work..
I click on a user, and for the password I use my admin password, and it says 'password incorrect'.. I don't get an option to override and continue or anything..

?
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14 Dec 2011   #5
stubbyhs

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Is this for a domain based network? Or is this on a home network?

You can't log on as the user, you can only access their files.
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14 Dec 2011   #6
rraod

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Any user either local or domain will allow login only if the corresponding password is given. An administrator's password will not work for any other user. It works only for the administrator.

It is impossible to login to other user's account with administrator's account.

But an administrator can have access to other user's folders if the administrators group is added to the folder permissions.

If the user excludes all the folder's permissions except his own, then the administrator can not directly access these folders. The only way he can access these folders is by taking ownership and then adding himself to the folder permissions.
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15 Dec 2011   #7
vaidas3

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rraod View Post
Any user either local or domain will allow login only if the corresponding password is given. An administrator's password will not work for any other user. It works only for the administrator.

It is impossible to login to other user's account with administrator's account.

But an administrator can have access to other user's folders if the administrators group is added to the folder permissions.

If the user excludes all the folder's permissions except his own, then the administrator can not directly access these folders. The only way he can access these folders is by taking ownership and then adding himself to the folder permissions.

this is true

zigzag3143 wrote wrong information or maybe he misunderstood question.
thats why I was intrested how is that possible.
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15 Dec 2011   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Is this on a work computer and do you have the other users' permission to login to their accounts? If you do, simply ask them for their passwords. Otherwise this sounds fishy.
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15 Dec 2011   #9
3DPiper

Windows 7
 
 

This is my home computer..
Admin = parents
Standard Users = children
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15 Dec 2011   #10
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

OK, so the original question is answered - the next question is why would you need or want to log into their accounts when you already have access to everything (file and registry-wise) on the system?
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