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Windows 7: Problem with Enable / Activate Administrator Account

13 Feb 2011   #1
Behseini

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Problem with Enable / Activate Administrator Account

Hi Guys,
I tried to enable/activate my administrator account by following these steps:

1. Open the Local Users and Groups manager.
2. In the left pane, click on the Users folder.
3. In the middle pane, right click on Administrator and click on Properties.
4. To Enable the Buit-in Administrator Account Uncheck the Account is disabled box.
after creating enabling the administrator account I just rename it to my interested nickname and I set a password for that.
But I still have to run some programs as "Run as Administrator" while I am in administrator account!. I can also see and access to all of stored file and folders (which I saved as Administrator in my document) when I log in as a standard user!

I also enable / activate Hidden Administrator Account by this way:
1. Type "secpol.msc" in RUN dialog box or Startmenu search box, it'll open "Local Security Policy" window.
2. Goto "Local Policies -> Security Options".
3. Double-click on first option "Accounts: Administrator account status" and select "Enabled" and apply it.

Could you please let me know what I am missing here?
Regards


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13 Feb 2011   #2
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
Use this tutorial.

At the same time, the account that was created when you installed Windows is by default an administrator account. However, you do indeed need to use elevation for certain tasks.
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13 Feb 2011   #3
Behseini

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I did exactly this tutorial but as I said I have problem
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13 Feb 2011   #4
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

To be honest, I did not understand from your original post what was your problem exactly.

It seems, that you have a standard account. There also must be an administrator account, since the first account created during installation belongs to the administrators group. If you followed the tutorial, then the built-in Administrator account is also activated. So, where's the problem?

Also, when you say, "I still have to run some programs as "Run as Administrator" while I am in administrator account", do you mean the built-in Administrator or simply an account from the administrators group? It does not seem unreasonable, you need to edit the UAC settings if these messages annoy you.

The fact that you "can also see and access to all of stored file and folders (which I saved as Administrator in my document) when I log in as a standard user!" has to do with folder permissions and does not seem to be a problem - suppose you are an administrator and you're saving files to a folder that is open to all users. Then naturally all users will see these files. If you want to hide your files from other users, then you have to explicitly edit permissions and deny access to everybody, except yourself. Whether your account is standard or administrator is irrelevant to this issue (of course administrators can overcome this barrier by claiming ownership, which standard users cannot do, but that's different).
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13 Feb 2011   #5
Behseini

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks Unifex
it was a very complete explanation.so you are saying the first account which I created during installation, belongs to the administrators group and has the admin accessories. am I right?

For the second paragraph of your hints, I believe I used the existing built-in Administrator account and I just enabled and renamed it to my nickname, so how I can edit the UAC settings.

Thanks again
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13 Feb 2011   #6
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Yes, the first account which is created during installation is an administrator account.

Take a look at the tutorial: Built-in Administrator Account - Change Name . The thread has also some useful information.

Also take a look at this page at Microsoft. This explains how to enable or disable the "approval mode" for the built-in administrator account. Basically, by default the built-in administrator runs everything under the highest priviliges. This is different from the "regular" administrator account, which by default runs everything under "standard" priviliges, but has an option to elevate when necessary.

At the same time, running everything under highest priviliges is a security risk, since any malware will also run with highest priviliges and will thus be able to damage the computer. Under other accounts the damage should be contained, since no important system file can be changed without elevation which actually requires user approval. A standard user cannot elevate without an administrator password, and thus is considered to be the safest way to run the machine. Of course this mightbe not very convenoent if you often install and uninstall programs. But the UAC is the small price for the security and in Windows 7 it is much better than in Vista.
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