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Windows 7: I am the only person on my computer and I am the administrator but

24 Jan 2011   #11
GregP

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I found out in a very roundabout way a few months ago that a sole user on a Windows 7 machine is by default NOT logged in as administrator. In fact, the admin account is by default DISABLED, and you therefore need to enable it before you can log in as admin. See here for how to activate it:

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable


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24 Jan 2011   #12
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eaglepi View Post
I am the only person on my computer and I am the administrator but whenever I try to delete a folder or do anything in Windows Explorer I get a dialog message telling me I need admin permissions to do what I was trying to do, I click "continue" and whatever I wanted to do is done.

Since I am logged in as the administrator why do I get these extra windows and how can I prevent them from coming up.
does this happen every time you try to delete from a local disk and an external drive?

I get a UAC notice when I delete or copy files to my friends USB hard disk, but not with any of my local or USB hard disks.
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24 Jan 2011   #13
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eaglepi View Post
I have ruled out any infections, it is just one of those things that is happening to me and many others as well.
You still never answered my question of what exactly you are trying to delete and from where.
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24 Jan 2011   #14
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GregP View Post
I found out in a very roundabout way a few months ago that a sole user on a Windows 7 machine is by default NOT logged in as administrator. In fact, the admin account is by default DISABLED, and you therefore need to enable it before you can log in as admin. See here for how to activate it:

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
This is not entirely true. You are administrator equivalent, but THE Administrator account does have higher privileges.
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25 Jan 2011   #15
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
This is not entirely true. You are administrator equivalent, but THE Administrator account does have higher privileges.
No not higher privileges. You have, as part of the Administrators group, the same amount of power. The difference is the Administrator user is always in the elevated mode. That is all.

* You are elevated when you click "OK" or "Allow" from a UAC prompt. Until then your user account is not given Administrative powers.
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25 Jan 2011   #16
Karma

Windows XP 32bit / Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

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I don't know what you guys have going on with your systems, but deleting a file or folder SHOULD NOT generate a UAC prompt for an administrator user.
I'm pretty sure it's a normal behaviour. Try with your "C:\" or "C:\Program Files" folders and subfolders. Some of them are protected.
I cannot test this now since I "fixed" this some time ago by giving the rights to "Everyone". [sorry if the terms are not correct, I am Italian and use an Italian OS]

I know this may be a security little hole, but I am the owner and the admin, not my stupid OS (I feel like I'm less stupid than him).
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25 Jan 2011   #17
eaglepi

Windows 7 ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Karma View Post
Quote:
I don't know what you guys have going on with your systems, but deleting a file or folder SHOULD NOT generate a UAC prompt for an administrator user.
I'm pretty sure it's a normal behaviour. Try with your "C:\" or "C:\Program Files" folders and subfolders. Some of them are protected.
I cannot test this now since I "fixed" this some time ago by giving the rights to "Everyone". [sorry if the terms are not correct, I am Italian and use an Italian OS]

I know this may be a security little hole, but I am the owner and the admin, not my stupid OS (I feel like I'm less stupid than him).

How did you fix your permissions problem ?? can you give details?
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26 Jan 2011   #18
eaglepi

Windows 7 ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eaglepi View Post
I am the only person on my computer and I am the administrator but whenever I try to delete a folder or do anything in Windows Explorer I get a dialog message telling me I need admin permissions to do what I was trying to do, I click "continue" and whatever I wanted to do is done.

Since I am logged in as the administrator why do I get these extra windows and how can I prevent them from coming up.
does this happen every time you try to delete from a local disk and an external drive?

I get a UAC notice when I delete or copy files to my friends USB hard disk, but not with any of my local or USB hard disks.

I really haven't kept track of when it happens but no it doesn't happen every time. I have been trying to make it happen again but of course when I want it to it won't.............lol
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26 Jan 2011   #19
eaglepi

Windows 7 ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GregP View Post
I found out in a very roundabout way a few months ago that a sole user on a Windows 7 machine is by default NOT logged in as administrator. In fact, the admin account is by default DISABLED, and you therefore need to enable it before you can log in as admin. See here for how to activate it:

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
This is not entirely true. You are administrator equivalent, but THE Administrator account does have higher privileges.
I really haven't kept track of when it happens but no it doesn't happen every time. I have been trying to make it happen again but of course when I want it to it won't.............lol
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26 Jan 2011   #20
KremmenUK

MSDN Home Premium
 
 

Depending on where the file is, that message is quite normal AFAIK.

One thing I have noticed from experience in this area. As per the original post a popup occurs asking for permission. Once granted it removes the file.

If you turn off UAC completely then you are not going to get that confirmation popup - and - you may not be able to delete the file/folder at all.

There is some feature in Win7 that without 'confirmation' it just won't do it.
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