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Windows 7: built-in admin account vs regular admin account

01 Oct 2012   #1

win7 nt 32 & 64 bit
 
 
built-in admin account vs regular admin account



Pretty basic question (I think). Is the built-in administrator's account exactly the same as a manually created local administrator's account privilege wise? Or does the built-in possess inherently elevated privileges?

I have googled around, however, I can't find a clear answer for this.

Thank you

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01 Oct 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Spurcell, and welcome to Seven Forums.

They are basically the same, except that the built-in possess inherently elevated privileges, and the other doesn't until approved through UAC to elevate the action.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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01 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

It seems to me that the built-in Administrator account is superior to the pseudo-Administrator account (I have no proof though).

Quite a few problem solving instructions (on Windows 7 Forums) mention logging in to the built-in Administrator account.

Update
Spurcell77, I'd accept Brink's explanation.
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01 Oct 2012   #4

win7 nt 32 & 64 bit
 
 

Brink/Lehnerus2000

Thank you for your quick replies.

This issue came up when I experienced access/security issues on this desktop... didn't have the issues on any other desktop Generally, we enable/rename the local admin account. In this case, I discovered that someone had created a new local admin account and named it using our generic renamed built-in admin account. I did not think of the UAC settings at that point... this is what made me curious as to possible differences between the built-in and a created local admin account.
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01 Oct 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

The normal administrator user accounts can also have their UAC privileges elevated to be the same as the built-in Administrator.

User Account Control (UAC) - Elevate Privilege Level - Vista Forums
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