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Windows 7: New admin user acting differently than standard user changed to admin


21 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
New admin user acting differently than standard user changed to admin

I have created two new user accounts. The first I set up as a standard account, logged on, did a few things, then logged off, logged on as my administrator account and editted the account to be an administrator. When I log back on as this account, it appears that the user still does not have administrator privileges even though under the user it says "Administrator". For example, the UAC control does not appear when you click on "Change User Account Control Settings". Also, trying to install software where the installer asks for admin privileges fails. However, the second account created started as an adminstrator account and exhibits neither of these problems.

I just haven't seen anything in posts about this and wonder what the difference is and if there is anything that "second class" administrator user can do to become a "first class" administrator.


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21 Dec 2011   #2

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For example, the UAC control does not appear when you click on "Change User Account Control Settings". Also, trying to install software where the installer asks for admin privileges fails.
  • Does UAC control display a confirmation question? this is the case for administrator accounts
  • Does UAC control ask for username/password? This is the case for standard accounts
Change the account back (just for testing) to standard account. Does it ask for username/password when changing system settings?
  • system built-in admin account has admin rights always
  • manually made account with admin rights has only admin rights after you allow it in the UAC control popup.
  • manually made account without admin rights has only admin rights after you allow it in the UAC control popup (enter a admin's username and password).
That's how it should work
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21 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I never see the UAC popup for the problem user. Not as administrator or as standard. Could something be blocking the pop-up? Interestingly enough, for the other user I never see the pop-up even if I set the UAC control to the top and (1) try to install a program that asks for admin privileges or (2) try to create a file in Program Files. I would have thought this would trigger the pop-up. Thanks for your interest. Not understanding this is driving me nuts!
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21 Dec 2011   #4

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21 Dec 2011   #5

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Thanks for pointing me to this. However, the policy for standard users is set to "prompt for credentials" which is the default. For admins the policy is set to "Prompt for consent on the secure desktop". Now that I know about these policies, I'll read more. But I'm still puzzled and believe there is some kind of bug!
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22 Dec 2011   #6

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Do you have values like ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin or ConsentPromptBehaviorUser in registry.
The other admin works like it should, isn't it? Even a new made username (for testing) works like it should?
If so it must be a key in HKEY_CURRENT_USER
I think in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies or HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies
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