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Windows 7/Administrator Privileges


I've been having this problem for awhile now -- basically, I always have to tell my computer to run things 'as administrator,' (right click and run as admin - windows 7) especially installation programs, or else they will not run at all. It'll either give an error or nothing will happen. It is very strange because I already have admin. privileges.



Hello Jeff

There are a few things you are going to need to check on. First your account has to have administrative privileges so check your account and make sure you are. There has to be at least one account on your computer that has administrative privileges and if you don't then you may have to unhide the administrator account temporarily to do so.  First just check your user account and make sure it is administrator. If not then you will need to sign in to an account that does. If you don't have another account then that is where you need to unhide the built in administrator account temporarily. Do this by following these instructions:

Enable the (Hidden) Administrator Account on Windows 7

Note: You really shouldn’t use this account for anything other than troubleshooting. In fact, you probably shouldn’t use it at all.

Enable Built-in Administrator Account

First you’ll need to open a command prompt in administrator mode by right-clicking and choosing “Run as administrator” (or use the Ctrl+Shift+Enter shortcut from the search box)

Now type the following command:

net user administrator /active:yes

You should see a message that the command completed successfully. Log out, and you’ll now see the Administrator account as a choice.

You’ll note that there’s no password for this account, so if you want to leave it enabled you should change the password.

Now you should be able to go in to the user accounts and set your account as administrator.  Next you want to Disable Built-in Administrator Account

Make sure you are logged on as your regular user account, and then open an administrator mode command prompt as above. Type the following command:

net user administrator /active:no

The administrator account will now be disabled, and shouldn’t show up on the login screen anymore.

The next step is to see what your user account access control is set to. Personally I set mine to the first notch. Not off, but one up from that. This way you won't get hounded on every move you make including most installations however you still are protected from system access warning when it comes to malware.   Go to the start menu and type USER and then from the search results go to the user account control.

Finally if you are finding that you don't have administrative rights to certain files/folders then there is a method for fixing this which including as a link to the forum website. Scroll to answer #5 which starts with: If you want Full Administrative Rights there are 3 methods:
1.Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Action Center\Change User Account Control settings

Here is the link:

I hope this helps,


Mike Dacre
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