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Windows 7: How can a standard user gain access to an administrator account?

10 Sep 2014   #1
Goodwinteam

Windows 7 ultimate x 64
 
 
How can a standard user gain access to an administrator account?

My Son And I Share A Laptop Running Windows 7 Home Edition , Am The Administrator And He Is The Standard User But He Keeps Going In And Changing My Account To Standard User And His To Administrator , Can Someone Tell Me How He Is Doing It And How Can I Put A Stop To It


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10 Sep 2014   #2
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

My first guess would be that he knows your password, or have managed to install a keylogger program to find out what password you type. Check in Control Panel - Programs and Features if you see any newly installed program you don't recognize. And change your password. And do a full scan with your antivirus.

Some keyloggers won't show up in the list of installed programs so take a look here as well:
How to detect if a Keylogger is installed? - Microsoft Community

Some laptops have a finger scanner and come with software you can configure to use your finger instead of typing a password. Mine has this and I've set a long and difficult password so even if someone saw me typing it they wouldn't remember it. But with this feature I type this in only ONCE in the finger scanning software, and then I only use my finger. Works very well.
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10 Sep 2014   #3
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

After your account has been changed to a Standard User is your password the same as it was before or does it all of a sudden not have a password set?
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11 Sep 2014   #4
Goodwinteam

Windows 7 ultimate x 64
 
 

Hi guys defo not keylogger, have scanned machine, have looked for installed programs etc. he is using the command line I think and its only taking him a few minutes to change this.
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11 Sep 2014   #5
Goodwinteam

Windows 7 ultimate x 64
 
 

Also have changed password he does not know it and when he changes my account from admin to standard my password is the same still.
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11 Sep 2014   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Take his laptop privileges away

No way should you be letting him get away with that.

A standard user can enable the hidden user account, then do whatever he wants.
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11 Sep 2014   #7
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
A standard user can enable the hidden user account, then do whatever he wants.
Without an elevated command prompt?

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

A quote by Brink from here
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It will not let you unless you do this while logged in an administrator account though to make the changes for the built-in Administrator. You cannot do it from a Standard account.
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