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

10 Jun 2010   #80
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RaviR View Post
hey guys a quick question..by enabling the admin account i should copy all my files and programs there so to get away from manually having to run each program as administrator and not use my normal account anymore?

Hello RaviR.



It's not really a good idea to use the Administrator account for everyday business because it's the last line of defense if any malware finds its way into the system, in this account malware would have free access to the entire system with no warning to you.
If you want to use programs/apps without a UAC prompt have a look at the tutorial at the link below.

How to Create a Elevated Program Shortcut without a UAC Prompt


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10 Jun 2010   #81
RaviR

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

oh thanks alot for the info. That guide really going and help
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10 Jun 2010   #82
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RaviR View Post
oh thanks alot for the info. That guide really going and help


You're welcome!
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24 Jun 2010   #83
fossil98

Windows 7
 
 

I have a problem,
I follow the steps in Method 2 and the command prompt says command completed when I type "net user administrator active:yes"
Yet when I log off the Extra Administrator account doesn't appear beside my other accounts. I have read the thread and cannot find a solution, HELP PLOX
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24 Jun 2010   #84
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fossil98 View Post
I have a problem,
I follow the steps in Method 2 and the command prompt says command completed when I type "net user administrator active:yes"
Yet when I log off the Extra Administrator account doesn't appear beside my other accounts. I have read the thread and cannot find a solution, HELP PLOX
Take a look at Option two step 1. Open a elevated command prompt.
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31 Jul 2010   #85
stefanmaine

Windows 7
 
 

At my Windows 7 logon screen, there appear two icons. One is labeled Adminsitrator, the other is labeled with my name. I have been told that it is not a good idea to have the Administrator icon at the logon screen. I tried unsuccessfully to remove it this way:

1) I followed the instructions at
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/783-elevated-command-prompt.html and opened an elevated command prompt showing c:\windows\system32, and then

2) at http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/507-built-administrator-account-enable-disable.html, I followed the instructions at Option Two "Through a Elevated Command Prompt". item 3, and in the "elevated command prompt" I typed "net user administrator/active:no" and pressed ENTER.

But the Administrator icon remains.

What am I doing wrong? Have I completely screwed up? Thanks for your help.

It occurs to me that perhaps the better thing for me to do is protect the Adminstrator icon with a password. Does that make sense?
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31 Jul 2010   #86
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello stefanmaine.





Did you enable that "Administrator" account? Before you do anything to that account just to make sure; download and install the free version of Malwarebytes virus scanner, once installed, run a complete scan of the entire PC, if it comes back with anything run it again until it comes clean.
Be sure to keep us informed.


Malwarebytes Free Virus Scanner
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31 Jul 2010   #87
stefanmaine

Windows 7
 
 

As suggested, I downloaded Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and ran a full scan twice. The first time came up with
Quote:
Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Ext\Stats\{1d4db7d2-6ec9-47a3-bd87-1e41684e07bb} (Adware.MyWebSearch) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully.
and the second time, it found nothing.

Quote:
Did you enable that "Administrator" account?
As instructed at "http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/783-elevated-command-prompt.html", in the Start Menu search box, I typed "cmd", then right clicked on cmd (at top), and clicked on "Run as administrator".

That opened the elevated command prompt at c:\windows\system32, where I typed "net user administrator /active:no" and pressed ENTER.

That brought up this response: "The user name could not be found"

The administrator icon remains displayed on the logon page.
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31 Jul 2010   #88
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stefanmaine
The administrator icon remains displayed on the logon page.


This is the account I asked if you enabled, did you or did it "just show up" one day.


Re-start the PC and do another full scan.
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01 Aug 2010   #89
mvsnaniou

windwos 2003
 
 

good information
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