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Windows 7: Built-in Administrator Account - Change Name

16 Dec 2011   #30
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TJDAN View Post
Shawn, thanks for the reply... I kinda figured that. Is there another option; maybe somewhere in the securities where I could give the neccessary rights, yet secure my administrator account?

Thanks
If they have an administrator account, it wouldn't do any good since they are able to change any setting you make as well.


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16 Dec 2011   #31
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TJDAN View Post
Shawn, thanks for the reply... I kinda figured that. Is there another option; maybe somewhere in the securities where I could give the neccessary rights, yet secure my administrator account?

Thanks
If they have an administrator account, it wouldn't do any good since they are able to change any setting you make as well.

If you give them ADMIN accounts it will be just like yours

If you are worried about sites they might go to or need to be monitored you can always look in the history and with your ADMIN block access and let them know why it was blocked

Atleast giving them a set of rules before using the device would be recommended too since you are worried about things being done when your not there

Also some virus programs have detailed web blocking features ,I would look into this it wil save you time trouble and hair loss
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16 Dec 2011   #32
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by koolkat77 View Post
Brink i have a question here that is why does windows tell us that we are the admin when there is a built in admin why do we have to create an account again ?
Hello Koolkat,

Basically, the built-in Adminstrator account is like the one in XP and has full unrestricted access of the computer. The default administrator user account that you create in User Accounts or during the installation of Windows 7 is like the built-in Administrator account except that it will be prompted by UAC by default when anything ran in that account affect other users or the system. This is done to have better security since whatever runs on the computer will have the same access rights as the user account that you are currently logged on.

That's why it's not recommended to always use the built-in Administrator account as an everyday account. If malware was to run while logged in the built-in Administrator account, it would have the same unrestricted access of the computer. At least with a default administratror user account, you might have a change to click on NO in a UAC prompt to prevent the malware from doing serious damage.




From: Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable

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The defaultadministrator account that is created during the installation of Windows 7, or setup already for you on a OEM (ex: Dell) computer, will have complete access to the computer and can make any desired changes. To help make the computer more secure, this administrator account may be asked with a UAC prompt to provide their password or confirmation before allowed to make changes that affect the system, other users, or when running anything elevated (Run as Administrator) since running elevated will allow it to have access to the entire computer.

The built-in Administrator account is an account that has full unrestricted access and permission on the computer, and will not be prompted by UAC. It is not recommended to leave the built-in Administrator account always enabled, or use it all the time for just everyday purposes.
Hope this helps.
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16 Dec 2011   #33
koolkat77

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Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

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Hello Koolkat, Hope this helps.
thanks it helped
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16 Dec 2011   #34
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome Koolkat.
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20 Jan 2012   #35
waterpistol

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Hello!

I am using an Acer Aspire M3970 with Windows 7... For some reason, I am trying to change the existing User Account Name from, shall we say KRYONET, to bPr. However, the name KRYONET is greyed out, i.e. I can't change it using the methods I've read on this thread.

Is this because this is the original Administrators account? Is it changeable?

Many Thanks (I see this thread was started some years ago!)
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20 Jan 2012   #36
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Waterpistol,

This tutorial is only for the built-in "Administrator" account, and not for a normal user account (administrator or standard user).

For what you are wanting, one of the tutorials below should work for you instead. If you also wanted to change the C:\Users\(user-name) folder's name as well, then use the second tutorial.

User Account Name - Vista Forums

User Profile Folder - Change User Account Folder Name

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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25 Jul 2016   #37
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I can assume adding a password to the default admin account after enabling it will make it act like Linux and you'd have to enter a password on the uac popups on the normal admin account ?

I've read entering safe mode will show the disabled default user account and anyone can use it unless it has a password ?
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25 Jul 2016   #38
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hey Mike,

Nar, an administrator can just click on "Yes" in a UAC prompt. Only standard users will have to enter the password of an administrator to approve.

Creating a password for the built-in Administrator will help prevent anyone that doesn't know the password from signing in to the account.
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25 Jul 2016   #39
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Thanks but I've read there is no password on the built in admin account although disabled ?
Is there really a way to enable the built in account via safe mode... ?
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