Admin on my own computer?

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  1. New2win7

    New2win7 New Member

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    How do I actually get full admin rights on my computer when I have the only account and it is admin?

    I mean come on I am trying to restore another hard drive back to 3 days ago and my comp tells me I need admin rights. this is a bit fudge up here, can someone help with this please. I feel like I am being abused as an admin by my own damn computer.
     
  2. davehc

    davehc Microsoft MVP
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    There is a concealed account, (global Admin account) which may be what you are seeking.

    There are a couple of ways to open this:

    1. Open a command prompt(Run as Administrator).
    Type the following command and enter.
    net user administrator /active
    Log out and see if you have a new alternative login, as well as your existing one. If not, do it the long way.

    2. Shut down the computer for a cold boot. Tap the "F8" key as you are booting.
    Select "Safe Mode with networking" from the boot menu.
    Log into windows 7 with your personal account that holds the administrator access.
    Open a command window (START--->RUN--->CMD.exe). At the command prompt type the following net user administrator /active
    Log out and log back in as administrator.

    and another way:

    3. Go to Start
    Type Control UserPasswords2. (or Open the Start menu, and type lusrmgr.msc )
    Click Advanced.
    Click Advanced again.
    Select Users.
    Select Administrator and untick the the box “Administrator is disabled”
    Now log out and login as Administrator.
    The action leaves you a little more vulnerable to outside attack. Not a big issue if you are confident with your anti virus control etc. But it may be a good idea, if you are not totally familiar with security risks, to return to your normal user account afterwards. Fwiw. I have used three ciomputers in my own home, totally on the Global Admin account, since the early Vista Beta days. I have not exerienced any out of the ordinary virus or trojan problems
     
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    ok trying that now. also does it matter that I don't use a password on my computer?
     
  4. davehc

    davehc Microsoft MVP
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    A password, if you are the only user in your environment, is not totally needed. It does not offer protection from outside (internet attack, as it is easily bypassed by hackers.
     

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