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Windows 7: Built-in Administrator Account-enable elevated privileges

22 Nov 2016   #1

Windows 7 Professional SPI 64bit
Built-in Administrator Account-enable elevated privileges

Hi to all
I have recently taken delivery of a new computer which has WIN7 Pro SP1 as the OS, and after downloading all critical/important security updates I tried to run a few commands only to discover I did not have full administrator rights/privileges.
After being somewhat led down the garden path elsewhere, I was directed to this forum. I have looked through the 'tutorials' and have found my solution. I would prefer to have the elevated rights to my computer rather than have to ask every time I want to do something or access certain files. I do not download or install rubbish. I have as yet not set a password - will add later - but I have removed the default nag UAC.
I have read through the tutorials and for my computer usage it looks like the below is what I need to follow - possibly all options - could this be confirmed?[2]=User%20Accounts
I am the sole user of this computer, now and in the future. I am not on any 'home group' nor likely to be. It was brought to my attention that after a reboot my desktop and display settings may be altered. I will be setting a manual checkpoint in system restore in case I do something wrong following the tutorial.

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22 Nov 2016   #2

Windows 7 HP 64

I think you want to achieve something that isn't clear to me.
As you're the only user, your account is already with administrator privileges.
"I have removed the default nag UAC". Did you removed or disable it?
To get rid of the "are you really, really sure you want to delete ..." and have the elevated rights to your computer, just open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Action Center and change the User Account Control settings to Never Notify.
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22 Nov 2016   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

Welcome to the forum.

Using the built in administrator account or any other with full time admin rights is not recommended for general use. It never has been. There was a time when this was justified but those times are past.

And even the built in Administrator account will not by default grant you access to everything. Doing that requires some very advanced methods and takes your computer back to the 20th century in terms of security.

Malicious software in all it's forms has become very sophisticated in recent years. Even some of the most trusted sites have been infected with malware, and you don't have to download anything to get infected. You can't trust anti-malware software to keep you safe. The authors of malware are experts in evading all forms of protection.

By default software runs with the rights of the account under which it runs. This is convenient. But it isn't very secure. If you accidentally run malicious software, and as mentioned this is very hard to avoid, it too will have full rights over your computer, no questions asked. That is bad.

With UAC enabled even a normal admin account runs with only the rights of a standard account. With limited rights malware will be severely handicapped and is often prevented from doing it's work. There are no guarantees but it helps.

There was a time when i believed as you did and routinely had UAC off. But no more. In 2016 the risks are too great.
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22 Nov 2016   #4

Windows 7 Professional SPI 64bit

Hello Megahertz
Thank you for your reply - sorry if I have confused you.
Yes, I did disable - not removed it as far as the UAC.
I know I have admin privileges but not 'elevated' which allows the administrator to run all 'cmd' prompts.
I realise that there is a long way round to do this every time - Start - search box type cmd - in dropdown right click 'cmd' - select 'run as administrator' - type prompt.
As a sole user it would be far more convenient to just use the run box - type cmd and be able to immediately type in the appropriate prompt.
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22 Nov 2016   #5

Windows 7 HP 64

When I open CMD on the title it says Administrator: Command Prompt

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22 Nov 2016   #6

Windows 7 Professional SPI 64bit

Hello LMiller7
Thank you for the welcome and your input is most welcome to my thread.
I appreciate your comments and have read similar in other forums.
My new computer was rather forced on me as I play flight sims - in particular MS sims - I would have upgraded my old computer running XP, but MS here in the UK would not give me an activation with a new MB and GPU. If a free OS had run flight sims I would have gone down that path, as my views and opinions of MS over the past 3 to 4 years have been one of disappointment and disgust at the way they are currently treating users. I dont think I am alone in that respect.
I am not in the habit of downloading any old ot new software unless it is an 'absolute need'. What little I do have has been well tested and approved and I have run for at least 5 years. But then, as you say, one never knows what site may get hacked.
I keep up to date with all the latest news etc via two computer mags and six forums. I have done so since the old days of newsgroups which over time became forums - I dont miss the trolls but do the freedom of the newsgroups.
I did no browsing, shopping etc on the old comp. and will not now. I do do banking though and have one personal email address for family and trusted friends. My ISP has a very good spam filter - it threw up this forum when I received the account activation request.
I have a laptop for all other uses - its currently running XP Pro, but will be 'levelled' later for a free OS.
With reference to UAC, I see this as just a prompt to do not to do an action that may effect the system - but like the extra do you want to or not delete delete a message in ones email. To download a piece of software one will do so with or without the UAC prompt. Perhaps I have misread its use?
But many thanks for reminding me of the pitfalls - perhaps the tutorial should have a 'health warning' attached if they are that dangerous?
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22 Nov 2016   #7

Windows 7 Professional SPI 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
When I open CMD on the title it says Administrator: Command Prompt
If I go Start - in search bar type cmd - in dropdown right click on the cmd and click on Run as Adminstrator I get the below. Similar to yours and I can run a prompt. Strange?

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