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

24 Apr 2013   #190

Mac OSX 10.6.8, Win 7 home premium sp1

not working.

system error 5 has occurred. access is denied.

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24 Apr 2013   #191

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

Inside Command prompt what is the path its opened to ?
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14 Jun 2013   #192

Windows 7 professional 64bit
Administrators in 7 professional

This has been great. I've finally captured control of my computer!! However, I still need your help:

1) I've enabled the administrator levels and created a new user as an administrator (me). I can see both of these user accounts. I cannot see my original UAC which was set up for me as guest (don't ask as I don't know either)! I was able to link my new admin UAC to my original UAC.

I'm not able to log out of the administrator levels and return to my guest level. Can someone provide the command to do so?

2). What action did I mistakenly take 2 days ago that resulted I computer hijack????? Never before was I required to log in as an admin in order to accept updates from software providers except Microsoft for Windows. At some level, that distinction really irritates me!! I'd kite to make sure that this never happens again!!

Thanks ya'll!!
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14 Jun 2013   #193

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Sillygirlmagic, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I assume you meant that you enabled the built-in elevated "Administator" account to use?

When you say "I cannot see my original UAC", do you mean "user account" for UAC and not the usual meaning of "User Account Control" prompt?

Do you mean that you are unable to log in to your original "unelevated" administrator account when you say "not able to return to my guest level"?

A guest account would not be able to accept updates if that is the type of account you are logged in to at the time.

If you would, please open User Accounts in the Control Panel (icons view), click on Manage another account, and post a screenshot showing "Manage Accounts" to see what accounts are listed and what type they are.
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14 Jun 2013   #194

Windows 7 professional 64bit
Built In Admin Account

Hi Brink,

Thanks for your quick response. Apologies for sloppy usage of terms!

Yes, I did enable the built-in elevated 'Administrator' account to use. The only way to gain control. I cannot see my original user account at this level. Meaning, there is no icon for me to log into when I log off of both of the Administrator accounts available. At this 'level' I've only been able to locate my original user account, 'Dell/Liz' under Parental Controls. See attachment #1.

Now, I have 3 accounts at this 'level' - Administrator, Admin-Liz, and Guest User. I will disable the Guest User as I don't see a real purpose for it.

Not sure what else to call where I am other than 'level'.

When my computer what set up, I was set up as a Guest User. Note that the Dell/Liz Icon now has the label of 'standard user'. Not really sure what that means. I tried to change my user profile from 'Guest to Admin' but that didn't work either.

If this all make sense to you, I'm happy! Just need to know how to get back to Dell/Liz Icon and never, ever, ever do what ever it is I did 24 hours ago so that I can just continue to be a limited=knowledge user!

Thanks -))

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14 Jun 2013   #195

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Ah, ok. "Level" would be "type" instead for the actual technical term, but I understand what you meant.

By default, the built-in Administrator account is named "Administrator" and not "lizadmin". Did you rename it?

Is this computer part of a domain?

You should be able to log in to the "lizadmin" account to be able to change the "Liz" account to be an administrator type of account.
User Account Type - Change
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14 Jun 2013   #196

Windows 7 professional 64bit

No -- I created Liz Admin and didn't rename. This computer is part of a Homegroup. Yeah, I agree with you. I should be able to log into the 'lizadmin' account and to change the 'Liz' account to be an admin type BUT.. Alas!!!

I am unable to 'see' the Liz account from any other screen then under Parental Controls. WhatdidIdo?? -)) PS -- I am logged in as LizAdmin -)))))

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14 Jun 2013   #197

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Let's check in Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc) in the "Users" folder like below to see if the "Liz" account is listed. If it is, check to make sure that the account is not disabled, and see if you may be able to add the account to be a member of the "Administrators" group.

(Option One)
User Account - Enable or Disable

(Option Five)
User Account Type - Change

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14 Jun 2013   #198

Windows 7 professional 64bit

Will do now -- I think that's How I got to 'Administrator' yesterday.. brb
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14 Jun 2013   #199

Windows 7 professional 64bit

Brink, YOU ROCK!! Are you in Central Texas? Should I bring you a homemade pie? Thank you!

Liz was enabled; I was able to add Liz under the Administrator Group. Now, the final question:

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN???? Why, all of a sudden, did 'Liz' User not have the ability to download even Java updates??

Thanks so much.

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