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Windows 7: Issues with Admin Rights

28 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Issues with Admin Rights

Ok, so here's my issue. I am the admin on my laptop although some things are disabled. I bought it as a refurb with Windows 7 HP 32bit. If I go to manage accounts and create a new account with FULL power, it already shows me as the Admin. When I go to turn on Windows Updates, it says "Some settings are managed by your system administrator." and I'm unable to click the field that would allow me to turn on the updates because it's shaded.

Thanks for all the help in advance!
redsox985

EDIT: I just created another account with full admin rights and it was unable to change these settings. I'm stumped.


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01 Mar 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

To enable the build-in Administrator account, follow these steps:

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

1. Click Start, and then type cmd in the Start Search box.
2. In the search results list, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as Administrator.
3. When you are prompted by User Account Control, click Continue.
4. At the command prompt, type net user administrator /active:yes, and then press ENTER.
5. Type net user administrator <Password>, and then press ENTER.

Note: Please replace the <Password> tag with your password for your administrator account, removing the brackets.
6. Type exit, and then press ENTER.
7. Log off the current user account.

To revert do exactly the same thing but change
net user administrator /active:yes to
net user administrator /active:no
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01 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

It sounds like someone played around with the group policy editor, but that shouldn't be the case since the computer has the Premium version :/

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by redsox985 View Post
Ok, so here's my issue. I am the admin on my laptop although some things are disabled. I bought it as a refurb with Windows 7 HP 32bit. If I go to manage accounts and create a new account with FULL power, it already shows me as the Admin. When I go to turn on Windows Updates, it says "Some settings are managed by your system administrator." and I'm unable to click the field that would allow me to turn on the updates because it's shaded.

Thanks for all the help in advance!
redsox985

EDIT: I just created another account with full admin rights and it was unable to change these settings. I'm stumped.
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01 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

So, I tried that method suggested with the command prompt, and got nothing . I think it has something to do with the group policy thing as said above.
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01 Mar 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

See if a repair install will resove the issue Repair Install
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02 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

I'm really not looking to reset my whole system. I may just manually force it to search if changing it requires me to lose all of my data.
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02 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Try option 1 in this tut.

Windows Update - Enable or Disable Access
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02 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

No such luck.
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02 Mar 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Read this article 10 ways to tweak Windows 7 using the Local Group Policy Editor | TechRepublic
Quote:
Local Group Policy Editor isnít available with Windows 7 Home and Windows 7 Home Premium. Iíll show you how to perform the same tweak using the Registry if youíre using those versions.)
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02 Mar 2011   #10
jav

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
 
 

How to configure automatic updates by using Group Policy or registry settings

This kb explains how to configure Windows Update through gpedit or registry. (registry in your case)


Can you verify if you have those registry entries?
  1. Press Start, and write regedit -> run it as admin
  2. go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
    tell me if you have such a key.
  3. if you have NoAutoUpdate, double click it and change value to 0. It will turn ON autoupdate
  4. if you have AUOptions double click it and chant to preferred one from 1 to 4:
    1: Keep my computer up to date has been disabled in Automatic Updates.
    2: Notify of download and installation.
    3: Automatically download and notify of installation.
    4: Automatically download and scheduled installation.

EDIT
Actually there is no point of those keys unless you are on domain. So they can be deleted in order to give control back to local administrator (you)

Quote:
When you configure Automatic Updates directly by using the policy registry keys, the policy overrides the preferences that are set by the local administrative user to configure the client. If an administrator removes the registry keys at a later date, the preferences that were set by the local administrative user are used again.

This is a registry key which will delete all the keys under:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU]

It only contians one line
Code:
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU]
Which means delete key and all keys under it.

However if you are not confident about messing with your registry. Stop and please consult with us!


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