Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

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       #120

    This explains a lot of confounding behavior. Very tricky. Thank you, Brink.

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  2. Posts : 70,224
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       #121

    You're most welcome Paul. :)
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  3. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #122

    I was wondering if removing the Users\Administrator folder following temporarily enabling the account has been tried. I'd rather not keep it around, but concerned it won't be recreated if I do need to re-enable the Administrator account.
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       #123

    Hello Diven,

    If you try it, I would recommend that you leave the folder in the Recycle Bin so that you could easily restore it if it is not automatically recreated upon enabling the account next.

    However, it will not hurt anything to just leave the folder there.
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       #124

    Hello all. I've recently stumbled across this forum in search for an answer to my predicament, and so far this site seems to have the most answers.

    My problem is with my administrator account, or rather enabling it. I've gone through the tutorial at the beginning of the thread and tried all of the options available to my version of Windows 7, which is the Starter that my computer came with when I got it, I believe. The easiest one to get to was the command prompt screen.

    The only thing is, I can't even get elevated command prompt to open because there's a security block on my computer that asks for the administrative password, which isn't available on this account (it's kind of difficult entering a password for an account that I haven't even enabled yet). Most of the options that involve opening the administrative account involve inputing the administrative password. I even tried changing my standard to an administrative, but it won't even let me do that. It's almost like over-security measures.

    Normally I wouldn't have worried about this and would continue on with my standard account, but a program that I use daily has downloaded the latest version, and I can't even install it without administrative permission. Is there a way that I can even lower the security measures just a little bit in order to open that elevated command prompt? I think this would all have to be done through my standard user, as that's the only thing available to me as far as I can tell on my control panel.

    Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!
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       #125

    Hello Person, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    Is your current user account an "administrator" or "standard" type of account?

    If you open the Control Panel (icons view), click on the User Accounts icon, under you user name you should see if you are a "administrator" or "standard user".
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    Windows 7 starter 32bit
       #126

    The account I use is set up as a standard account. I looked around and saw (or assumed anyway) that the default account should be an administrative, but I only have the standard listed.

    Just about every option has the administrative shield on it, and most of those were the options included in the tutorial in order to enable the administrator. I'm not sure if it's some kind of setting on my computer or what.
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       #127

    In that case, you will have to talk to whomever has an administrator account on the computer.
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    Windows 7 starter 32bit
       #128

    ...Boy, now I feel dumb. I've been sitting here trying to find out how to open it. Does this mean that there's actually one open already? It would make sense if there was one, but I didn't even think about that. I got this computer as a grad gift a few months ago, but it didn't even occur to me that the giver would have opened it up. I did try to contact them just in case.

    Is there a way that I could possibly get the admin account the other way? I'm not even sure if my gifter has the information anymore. No response so far. I thought as a last resort I may have to reinstall windows or something, or upgrade to a new version, but I couldn't even if I wanted to.

    This is a little bit frustrating but, glad to get some answers.
    Thanks for the help!
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  10. Posts : 70,224
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       #129

    By default there is a administrator account (not the same as the built-in Administrator) setup during the installation or on a OEM store bought computer.

    We cannot help you bypass the administrator account since we do not know if you are just trying to bypass your parents for example. You could reinstall Windows 7 to have one setup for you though.
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