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

22 Apr 2014   #230
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello quietsnature,

You could log out and see if you see "Administrator" on the log on screen. If so, then you successfully enabled the built-in Administrator account.


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22 Apr 2014   #231
quietsnature

windows home premium 64bit
 
 

it doesn't like how i am saying /active:yes
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22 Apr 2014   #232
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Go ahead and post a screenshot showing the command prompt to see what the issue may be.

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22 Apr 2014   #233
Casey Stellar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by quietsnature View Post
ok i finally got it typed right and i think accepted how can i check to make sure?
What might you be talking about friend?
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24 Jun 2014   #234
PocketAppZ

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I created a batch file with the command:

Code:
net user administrator /active:yes
Does this work as another method of enabling the built-in Admin account?
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24 Jun 2014   #235
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello PocketAppZ, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You would need to use "Run as administrator" on the .bat file, but it's essentially the same thing since a .bat file runs in a command prompt.
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24 Jun 2014   #236
PocketAppZ

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I made both an Enable and a Disable .bat file for enabling/disabling the built-in Admin account

I think this method should be added as another option in the tutorial, considering it is a much easier method
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03 Jul 2014   #237
Odd Ramos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've always used standard (not built-in) administrator account with User Account Control (UAC) notifications disabled (in never notify mode) and “Open File Security Warning” disabled as suggested in these threads:

User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings
Open File Security Warning - Enable or Disable

  • What's the difference between using my setup described above (standard administrator account with UAC and “Open File Security Warning” in never ask/notify mode) and using the built-in administrator account on Windows 7 Ultimate?
  • Does the built-in administrator account still has some more privileges, powers or risks than my setup described above?
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03 Jul 2014   #238
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Odd Ramos View Post
I've always used standard (not built-in) administrator account with User Account Control (UAC) notifications disabled (in never notify mode) and “Open File Security Warning” disabled as suggested in these threads:

User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings
Open File Security Warning - Enable or Disable

  • What's the difference between using my setup described above (standard administrator account with UAC and “Open File Security Warning” in never ask/notify mode) and using the built-in administrator account on Windows 7 Ultimate?
  • Does the built-in administrator account still has some more privileges, powers or risks than my setup described above?
Hello Ramos,

The difference between a standard administrator account and the built-in "Administrator" is their privilege level.

A standard administrator account is not elevated, is prompted by UAC to approve to run anything elevated, and is prompted to allow access permission for say before opening another account's user folders.

The built-in "Administrator" is an elevated account, is not prompted by UAC, and has full unrestricted access permission rights.

If you like, you can use this below to basically elevate all standard administrator accounts to be the same as the built-in Administrator though.

User Account Control (UAC) - Elevate Privilege Level


Hope this helps,
Shawn
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03 Jul 2014   #239
Odd Ramos

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for reply, Shawn.

The link you've given is for Windows Vista. Is it still valid for Windows 7?

I've used these two links below on my not elevated standard administrator account:
User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings
Open File Security Warning - Enable or Disable

After applying the changes in the links above I'm totally UAC prompts free, I never need to confirm anything, I never need to run a program as administrator. Everything just runs as elevated as on the old Windows XP Administrator account.

It makes me ask these questions:

1. Did applying the changes in the links above made my standard not elevated administrator account fully elevated and equal to built-in administrator account?


2. What's the difference between changing UAC Notification Settings to 'Never notify' and disabling the "Open File Security Warning" as suggested on those two links above, when compared to the method, described in the link you gave below:
User Account Control (UAC) - Elevate Privilege Level ?
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