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

14 Nov 2008   #179
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

How to Enable or Disable the Built-in Elevated Administrator Account in Windows 7


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27 Jan 2013   #180
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

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

What happened to your normal administrator account?

You might give OPTION FOUR a try at boot.

Many thanks Brink

I’m not sure how I got stuck there!

· the machine has only one user at start/log off/ switch user
· This user has no administrative privileges!

What does “option four” refer to? Is it F4?

Best

Jamal

Option Four is the last option in the tutorial on the first page.

It's to enable the built-in Administrator at boot.

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27 Jan 2013   #181
Jamal NUMAN

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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

What happened to your normal administrator account?

You might give OPTION FOUR a try at boot.

Many thanks Brink

I’m not sure how I got stuck there!

· the machine has only one user at start/log off/ switch user
· This user has no administrative privileges!

What does “option four” refer to? Is it F4?

Best

Jamal

Option Four is the last option in the tutorial on the first page.

It's to enable the built-in Administrator at boot.
Many thanks Brink.

I to try it and see if it works with me

Best

Jamal
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03 Mar 2013   #182
chevysales

Wiindows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

hi great tutorial as I had to use it for first time to take ownership of folder to stop a dcom error from new network printer driver errors on Canon's new photo printer 7220. Now that is out of the way I used the COMMAND PROMPT option shown in tutorial.

My issue is now in C:/Users I see 3 folders when I only saw 2 before they are Administrator - Mark - Public. the admin and the mark ones show a lock on them (btw i have system setup to NOT show hidden files by default) anyhow the admin when i rite click for properties shows the date of its creation as the day and time I used command prompt to access hidden admin account for first time..

I have uploaded a screenshot.... just don't ever remember seeing this folder and its contents which are duplicates of folders, contacts.favs, etc.... and each only contain one file which would be "contacts/admin contacts file".....

I do believe prior to using admin acct the only time i would see that admin folder is if i unchecked show hidden folders. is this correct?

Thanks in advance for any insight. Windows 7 64 bit pro


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03 Mar 2013   #183
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello chevysales,

The "C:\Users\Administrator" profile folder is normal. It is added after you have enabled the built-in Administrator account and logged on to it the first time.

It's profile folder will remain there even after disabling the built-in Administrator account. The profile folder will contain all personal settings for that account. This way it can be used again the next time you enable the built-in Administrator account instead of having to do the whole "preparing account" from scratch again.

However, if you like, you can safely delete the "C:\Users\Administrator" folder after disabling the built-in Administrator account.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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04 Mar 2013   #184
chevysales

Wiindows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

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

The "C:\Users\Administrator" profile folder is normal. It is added after you have enabled the built-in Administrator account and logged on to it the first time.

It's profile folder will remain there even after disabling the built-in Administrator account. The profile folder will contain all personal settings for that account. This way it can be used again the next time you enable the built-in Administrator account instead of having to do the whole "preparing account" from scratch again.

However, if you like, you can safely delete the "C:\Users\Administrator" folder after disabling the built-in Administrator account.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

Thank you very much shawn.
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04 Mar 2013   #185
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome chevysales.
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24 Apr 2013   #186
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 

a system error 5 has occured. access denied. command prompt didnt work.

I did a cmd in start, right clicked, ran as administrator. I dont have admin access, which is the problem I'm trying to solve.
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24 Apr 2013   #187
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

When you right click on CMD and choose Run as administrator . On the User Access Control window does it ask for a password ? Or a Yes button ?
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24 Apr 2013   #188
macgig

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1
 
 

right click on cmd just opened to the dos prompt. c:windows/system32>
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24 Apr 2013   #189
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Type net user administrator /active:yes

Press <ENTER>key
You should get a message " The command completed successfully "

That command will enable the built in administrator ( hidden account )
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