How can I obtain admin privileges on my Windows 7 PC?

Scott Flatland May 7, 2012

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I have only one user listed on my computer which is me and I am listed as the administrator. Still, I cannot get administative permissions to do anything, such as saving a file. I also need the admin permissions for other uses. How can I get the computer to give me the correct permissions?

  1. Robin L
    October 2, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I'm having the same problem Scott has. The System is considered the administrator so I can't make changes on my PC that nobody else uses. It's my computer - I need to be able to make whatever changes I deem appropriate and I'm denied access even though I am the administrator account. Any resolution to this problem yet?

  2. Saurabh Banwaskar
    September 28, 2012 at 8:13 am

    It's Very Easy
    1.Open "Computer Management" (if didn't find just type in search bar in start menu)
    2.Go To "Local Users And Groups"
    3.Then Go To Users
    4.Double Click On "Administrator"
    5.Uncheck "Account Is Disabled" ( IMP )
    6.That's It. It Will Enable Original Administrator Account."Check Out By Logging Off The Current Account"

  3. Reý Aetar
    May 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    open in safemode an account named administrator will be created then opn with that account hope that works

  4. Mike
    May 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    From your description I would say that you altered or deactivated the User Account Control settings ~ most likely via a third party program.
    If it was deactivated via the Windows built-in control panel it should work [without any notification or problems] as you want it to.

    As Bruce pointed out whenever something requires true administrative privileges the UAC should prompt you to confirm the action. The UAC is an additional security layer Microsoft added starting with Vista.
    There are a few exceptions to this "prompt" like the command line which has to be run specifically via "Run as administrator" in the rightclick menu.

    The only account having administrative privileges "for real" is the predefined administrator account. While you can activate it for login and use it for administrative tasks it is not recommended to be used in general.

    As for giving out permissions users will always be "limited" by the User Account Control. That means any account specified as administrator can do administrative tasks but will be prompted for confirmation.

  5. Bruce Epper
    May 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    When you are attempting to do something that requires Adminstatrator permissions, you should be getting a UAC box asking either for a simple confirmation or the Administrator password. After dealing appropriately with the UAC prompt, it should carry out the requested action.

    Changing permissions on the filesystem as suggested by ha14 may get you the results you are currently looking for, but it will also reduce the overall security of your computer if you are putting your stripped account into the permissions list. As it stands, by default the local Administrator should already have full control of the system drive and all of its contents unless it was specifically removed from specific directories (sometimes done when server software is installed on the machine). This is done for legitimate security reasons and should not be circumvented unless you REALLY know what you are doing. I don't know if it the current version does it, but older versions of Microsoft SQL Express would mess with these security settings and overriding them (even as suggested by their baseline security analysis tool) would break its functionality.

  6. ha14
    May 7, 2012 at 8:19 am

    1.Click Computer
    2.Right click on the Hard Disk icon where your OS is installed on and click Properties.
    3.Click the Security tab.
    4.Click the Advanced tab.
    5.Click the Change Permissions button located after the Permission Entries list.
    6.A new window will appear on your screen. Such a window contains a list of all the user accounts available on your computer.
    7.Select the user account you want to give total control over your Windows 7 and click the Edit button.
    8.Now, tick the checkbox labeled “Total Control” and press OK.

    1.Click Start, then type the three letters cmd into the Search box and press Enter.
    2.Type these commands and press Enter after each:• net user
    • (to see all account names)
    • net user your name
    • (to see if account your name is active and if it is a normal user or an administrator)

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