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Windows 7: Can't get Administrative privileges

21 Apr 2015   #1
toonbon

Windows 8 64-bit
 
 
Can't get Administrative privileges

My Windows 7 was working fine and then a couple of weeks ago it started telling me I didn't have permission to save certain files. I went into Control Panel User Accounts and saw that my account was set for Standard User instead of Administrator:



I'm pretty sure I set this up initially to be Administrator. If I try now to choose the Administrator radio button, the Change Account Type button gets disabled, so I can't do the change.

Does anyone know what might be going on here. How can I get to be Administrator again?

Thanks


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21 Apr 2015   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

It looks to me that Steve is already an Administrator.

It shows:

Steve
Administrator
Password Protected.

Where are you trying to save the files?
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22 Apr 2015   #3
toonbon

Windows 8 64-bit
 
 

Yes, you're right. Steve seems to already be an Administrator so that's why it disables the option to make Steve Administrator. Yet still, I get warnings that say I have to be Administrator to do something, or I get warnings like below where I've been doing this exact thing for years without a problem:



If I select Save As, as the warning suggests, I'm able to do the save and thereafter I'm able to save to this new location without the warning.
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22 Apr 2015   #4
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Some locations in windows 7 don't allow access even when the user is the administrator. There is a registry file called take ownership. Just merge the registry file. Then you right click on the folder you can't access, choose take ownership. Do not do this on the c:\windows folder, it could crash your system (It did mine). You can take ownership of some folders within c:\windows folder but you got to be real careful on which folder to take ownership.
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22 Apr 2015   #5
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

You could create a backup image of your current setup and the try using System Restore to restore your system (assuming you have any SRPs that predate this problem).
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