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Windows 7: The difference between the default “administrator” and other users,

19 Dec 2013   #1
Jamal NUMAN

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
The difference between the default “administrator” and other users,

The difference between the default “administrator” and users that have “administrator” privileges,

I couldn’t figure out the difference between the default “administrator” that is built-in the time the windows installed and other users that have administrator privileges.

Do the user that have “administrator” privileges = default administrator?

Or still the default “administrator” has much more power and privileges?


Thank you

Best

Jamal




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19 Dec 2013   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Jamal,

The built-in "Administrator" account has elevated rights/privileges by default, and doesn't need UAC approval.

A normal administrator has the same unelevated rights as a standard user by default, but you can approve the UAC prompt for any action that requires elevated rights to allow it to run elevated (aka: "Run as administrator").

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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20 Dec 2013   #3
Jamal NUMAN

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Jamal,

The built-in "Administrator" account has elevated rights/privileges by default, and doesn't need UAC approval.

A normal administrator has the same unelevated rights as a standard user by default, but you can approve the UAC prompt for any action that requires elevated rights to allow it to run elevated (aka: "Run as administrator").

Hope this helps,
Shawn

Many thanks Brink for the help,

In case the default “administrator” is deleted, which other user can replace it with its same elevated privileges? Then for which reason it is made possible to delete the default administrator?


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20 Dec 2013   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No worries. The built-in Administrator can only be enabled or disabled, and cannot be permanently deleted. If you clicked on Delete in your screenshot, you would get an error after clicking on Yes to confirm saying that it cannot be deleted.

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20 Dec 2013   #5
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The Administrator account is one of the built in accounts, none of which can be deleted. This account should not be used for general use but reserved for emergencies, such as if the profile of your regular account becomes corrupt and unusable. It is recommended to create your own Admin level account for general use, as you have done. It can do everything the built in Administrator account can.
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20 Dec 2013   #6
Jamal NUMAN

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
The Administrator account is one of the built in accounts, none of which can be deleted. This account should not be used for general use but reserved for emergencies, such as if the profile of your regular account becomes corrupt and unusable. It is recommended to create your own Admin level account for general use, as you have done. It can do everything the built in Administrator account can.

Many thanks Brink and LMiller7 for the help. Your input is very useful.

Best

Jamal
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20 Dec 2013   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're most welcome. Glad we could help.
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