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Windows 7: Disabling Administrator Account

25 Jul 2010   #21
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

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The thing is, it's disabled by default in windows 7. I tweak my system and sometimes go where no one has gone before. I may need that account to bail myself out afterwards, so I enable it and password protect it.
That's very odd. I've installed Windows 7 at least 30 times on various machines and it has never had the Administrator account disabled. Just checked it on this machine, and it's enabled, and I didn't do anything to enable it.
Default Administrator account, or hidden Administrator account?

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There is only one account named "Administrator." You can't have multiple account with the same name.

The account type doesn't come into play. You can have as many administrator-type accounts as you want. I'm talking about the account named "Administrator"...in your image, you don't show one.

I've attached my user list as well. I have never run any type of command to enable or disable any accounts on my system.




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25 Jul 2010   #22
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Okay, I did a little research on this, and it turns out we all have a terminology problem.

The Administrator account on Windows 7 is NOT "disabled" by default. It simply does not show on the welcome screen.

The command that was presented earlier in the thread has nothing to do with "enabling" the account at all. It only causes it to be shown on the welcome screen. The account itself is always active unless you disabled it manually from the user control panel.
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25 Jul 2010   #23
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

You are correct. That is why a lot of us call it the "hidden administrator account". In effect, one does enable it by unhiding it. Hidden, it can't accessed.
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26 Jul 2010   #24
isaiah40

I do not know
 
 
User Account Settings

Hi,
I was attempting to open up a program on my desktop.
The user account control pops up and ask if I went this program to
continue. The only option is to click on "no". How do I go about changing this?
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26 Jul 2010   #25
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

You don't see a "Yes" button to the left of the "No" button?
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26 Jul 2010   #26
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What program were you installing and can you post a screenshot of the message?

EDIT: for an old bloke Carl you certainly type fast.
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26 Jul 2010   #27
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

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What program were you installing and can you post a screenshot of the message?

EDIT: for an old bloke Carl you certainly type fast.
I have never before been accused of being fast at typing!
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26 Jul 2010   #28
isaiah40

I do not know
 
 

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You don't see a "Yes" button to the left of the "No" button?
The "Yes" button is faded. The option is to click on the "No" button.
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26 Jul 2010   #29
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Sounds like a virus or other malware. What program are you trying to open? Can you boot into safe mode?
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27 Jul 2010   #30
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

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You don't see a "Yes" button to the left of the "No" button?
The "Yes" button is faded. The option is to click on the "No" button.
Mine looks the same way. "No" is the default; simply click on "Yes". It works on my system.
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