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Windows 7: Privileges of a Standard User

20 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Privileges of a Standard User

Hello community,

I am running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and I have a problem regarding User Accounts.

Let's say I am account A on this computer. This is an administrator account without a password. When I went into the control panel, I demoted Account B to a standard user. Apparently, however, account B can simply change this setting even though she is a standard user. Is this true? Even when I set a password for my account, account B can still bypass it or demote me. Why is this?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 May 2012   #2


That's odd, you've booted into account B and checked this? I remember messing around with the user accounts a while ago and I remember confirming that normal account users can't escalate themselves to admin, or even touch other accounts. Was the same OS as yours, Win7 x64 HP.

If you put a password on account A (the admin one) does this still happen?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I have checked by going into account B. I am experiencing the same problem even with a password.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 May 2012   #4

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

I think that your answer would be to make a new standard account. You should be given the option to transfer settings etc from another user. I think that your problem would be solved.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I tried creating a new standard user account (account C) as a test, but when I went into this account and tried to delete my account (account A, the admin one), it would actually let account C do this.

I don't understand!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 May 2012   #6

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

I'll ask the stupid questions:
  1. Did you restart between tests? It shouldn't matter, it's just a sanity check.
  2. Have you tweaked your system in any way? Please provide any tweaks applied to your system.

edit: Screenshots of the UAC for each user might help too.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I did not tweak my OS in any way. My UAC notification setting is the default, so no message boxes appear when changing settings.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 May 2012   #8


I hope the gurus drop by soon, this is a very interesting situation. Tried it on several of the work machines here in the office (Win7 x32 HP, Win7 x32 Pro, Win7 x64 Pro) and confirmed that standard user accounts should not be able to elevate themselves to admin or touch other accounts.

Sorry couldn't help, good luck.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 May 2012   #9

Windows 7 x64 / Windows Server 2008 / Linux (Redhat & Deb distros) / OS X / More

All i can think of is that something is wrong in the group policy settings or local security policy...
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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