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Windows 7: Becomming full admin from user account

10 Feb 2010   #1
DarkPhoenix

Windows 7
 
 
Becomming full admin from user account

When I set up windows, I did not know about the hidden built in Administrator account. Now I know, but my user account (which I thought was the same as admin just with my name on it) has too many things on it to delete and start over.

Is there a way I can boot into the admin account, take over my user account then delete that account?


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10 Feb 2010   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

From our excellent tutorials information on the Adm Account

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

The hidden Adm account is not meant for everyday use. If you wish to use it as your regular account, I think that the easiest way would be follow the above tutorial and then to use Windows Easy Transfer, for settings etc.
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10 Feb 2010   #3
Stevy22

Windows 7 and MAC
 
 

Create a new Built in admin account
Use this command
CMD-> net user administrator \active:yes
and then restart your computer with the other administrator account that gets created automaticaly
You should be GTG
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10 Feb 2010   #4
bobright

Windows 7
 
 

Ok how about if I dont want to be the main "hidden" admin, but I want to assign the user I am using full Admin privilidges? How do I do this? I noticed when I do things like open a setup.exe file it says I have to admin allow it how can I make myself an admin and avoid this??

good thread OP!
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10 Feb 2010   #5
richc46

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You can change the settings of the UAC, I will post the tutorial on this

In addition take ownership and permissiions

Take Ownership of file - Vista Forums

I believe this is the best course of action.
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10 Feb 2010   #6
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Here is our excellent tutorial on the UAC

User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings

To the best of my knowledge this is the best method to acheive your goal.
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10 Feb 2010   #7
Coolness

Win 7 pro 64-bit, Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stevy22 View Post
Create a new Built in admin account
Use this command
CMD-> net user administrator \active:yes
and then restart your computer with the other administrator account that gets created automaticaly
You should be GTG
This enables the "hidden" admin account, and as richie said, is not for everyday use. You should use this account to make a new one, with the name you prefer, then copy all files from the old account, then delete it. After that, disable the "hidden" acc by typing net user administrator \active:no
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10 Feb 2010   #8
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stevy22 View Post
Create a new Built in admin account
Use this command
CMD-> net user administrator \active:yes
and then restart your computer with the other administrator account that gets created automaticaly
You should be GTG
There was a mistake:

net users Administrator /active:yes

This should be allright now.

To undo: net users Administrator /active:no
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10 Feb 2010   #9
DarkPhoenix

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Coolness View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stevy22 View Post
Create a new Built in admin account
Use this command
CMD-> net user administrator \active:yes
and then restart your computer with the other administrator account that gets created automaticaly
You should be GTG
This enables the "hidden" admin account, and as richie said, is not for everyday use. You should use this account to make a new one, with the name you prefer, then copy all files from the old account, then delete it. After that, disable the "hidden" acc by typing net user administrator \active:no
Why can't I use the hidden Admin account for everyday use?

I only want ONE account on my computer, Period... hidden or otherwise; The account with the most power.

I can see this is a good idea for newbies, but for a guy like me who has used Windows since Windows 3.1, I feel I should have the one only account that is the Administrator account with the most power. Just like it used to be until Microsoft decided to change things and make life difficult for us power users.

This Hidden account thing is a new feature that is not necessary and a headache for an old Windows user. I believe every user should have the right to choose this as an option when he first installs Windows.

Edit:

Another thing.. I plan to rename this hidden admistrator account after I migrate everything. Will that cause a problem?

Also, I do not like to have the UAC enabled. I'd delete it completely if I could. It's off and disabled in services now. Will I lose some admin functionality if I disable this for the Admin account?
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10 Feb 2010   #10
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkPhoenix View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Coolness View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stevy22 View Post
Create a new Built in admin account
Use this command
CMD-> net user administrator \active:yes
and then restart your computer with the other administrator account that gets created automaticaly
You should be GTG
This enables the "hidden" admin account, and as richie said, is not for everyday use. You should use this account to make a new one, with the name you prefer, then copy all files from the old account, then delete it. After that, disable the "hidden" acc by typing net user administrator \active:no
Why can't I use the hidden Admin account for everyday use?

I only want ONE account on my computer, Period... hidden or otherwise; The account with the most power.

I can see this is a good idea for newbies, but for a guy like me who has used Windows since Windows 3.1, I feel I should have the one only account that is the Administrator account with the most power. Just like it used to be until Microsoft decided to change things and make life difficult for us power users.

This Hidden account thing is a new feature that is not necessary and a headache for an old Windows user. I believe every user should have the right to choose this as an option when he first installs Windows.
I agree, you own the computer and you should make the final decision. The benefit of this forum is that you can avail yourself to various opinions. With that information, you can choose the best course of action for yourself. Coolness was giving his opinion, which you are free to use or to disregard. I think that this sharing of opinions is a benefit of this Forum. I, do, however, hope that you were not offended in any way.
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