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Windows 7: Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

30 Oct 2011   #150
engryasir

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

dear!

my administrator account is disabled n i dont have standard account only i have guest account. and i m using my pC from this guest account and i want to acitvate and enable administrator account. please tell me the method n procedure


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30 Oct 2011   #151
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Engryasir, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You may be able to using OPTION FOUR.

Since your only administrator account is disabled, then you may also be able to boot into Safe Mode to enable the built-in Administrator account.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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18 Dec 2011   #152
Faceofjoe421

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Brink, I want to completely takeover and use the Admin account for my actual personal account and personal use:

For example, it will be the only account, have my files, and have my username "Joe", but is it recommended to do so?
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18 Dec 2011   #153
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Joe,

You could, but it's not recommended to always use your built-in Administrator account. The reason why is that the built-in Administrator account has full unrestricted access to the computer. This also means that everything that runs while logged on to the built-in Administrator account will also have full unrestricted access to the computer. This would also include malware.

Using a normal administrator user account, you may at least get a UAC prompt (if left on) to approve or deny anything to run as administrator have full access before it does.
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18 Dec 2011   #154
Faceofjoe421

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Is it possible to enable UAC for Admin account?
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18 Dec 2011   #155
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You might as well just use the other normal administrator user account instead then since that's basically what it is.
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30 Dec 2011   #156
Yodrak

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 bit
 
 

Newbie here, and I must be missing something.

At the beginning of the tutorial is a Note that says:
By default, the built-in administrator account is named Administrator, and is disabled.

I've recently installed Windows 7 for the first time and I've added User accounts for myself and my wife as well as enabling the Guest account. Every time that Windows starts it automagically opens the Administrator account - so that Administrator account cannot, by default, be disabled? I will have to make sure that at least one of my User accounts has administrator priviledges before I disable the Administrator account?

Thanks.
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30 Dec 2011   #157
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Yodrak, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Is your Windows 7 a preinstalled version on a store bought computer? If so, the OEM may have had it enabled for their brand and model of computers.

The user account that you setup during the installation of a retail Windows 7 is an administrator account, but it is not the actual built-in "Administrator" account. Is your user account name "Administrator", and not just a member of the administrators group?

If it is the actual built-in "Administrator" account, then yes you will need to make sure that you have a user account that is an administrator type of account before disabling the built-in "Administrator" account.


Hope this helps,
Shawn
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30 Dec 2011   #158
Yodrak

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 bit
 
 

Shawn,

Thanks for the welcome.

My Windows 7 is not a pre-installed OEM version. It was bought 'stand-alone' to install on my Mac, running under Parallels 6, so that I can use a few software programs (not games) that do not have decent Mac versions (e.g. Quicken) or that have no Mac versions at all (some NOLO things).

I did not initially set up any user account when installing windows, it was just there when Windows started after installing. It is named Administrator, and I do not believe that is has a password (because I do not have to enter any password when Windows starts). Subsequent to the first few startups, during which I did things like change the background picture, turn on the Guest user account, and turn on a screen saver, I set up two new standard user accounts - one with my name and one with my wife's name. My user account has a password, my wife's does not (but she has her own Dell PC, also with Windows 7 Home Premium, and almost never uses mine.)

My wife's PC, by the way, has a log-in screen that shows user icons and names from which to select - no automatic log in to an Administrator account. That's the way I would like mine to work - keep everything the same so I don't have to remember too many different things!

From reading the previous posts in this thread, I should probably leave my and my wife's 'every day' accounts as standard accounts, and keep the Administrator account as it is because I will need it from time to time to make changes? But maybe give it a password?

Thanks
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30 Dec 2011   #159
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yodrak,

Continued here: Log On with User Name and Password
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