A type of user account on an operating system which will typically allow all functions to be performed to a computer, including (but not limited to) the creation and restriction of user accounts, installing software or drivers, or changing operating system options.

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Why do I need to run commands as administrator if my account is member of administrator group?

If my account is already a member of the administrator group why do some functions on Windows 7 require me to run them as administator? I kind of thought that was implied?
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How do I disable administrator prompt in Windows 8?

I am using Windows 8 Enterprise on my development machine. Most of the time, I need full administrator for debugging, changing system files, etc. In Windows 7, setting UAC to "never notify" would ...
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Force a program to run *without* administrator privileges or UAC?

Is there any way that I can force a program that normally requires administrator privileges (via UAC) to run without them? (ie: no UAC prompt and no system-wide access.) Added: Without modifying the ...
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On Windows 7, is there a command prompt line that can start cmd as an administrator? [duplicate]

On Linux, we can use sudo bash to run a shell as the superuser. On Windows 7, we can use Start menu -> (in search box, type) cmd -> Right click on search result and choose Run as Administrator ...
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Run As Administrator Shortcut Without Password Prompt [duplicate]

I have installed a program on Windows 7 that needs Admin rights to run properly. When running on Windows XP; I used the runas command with the savecred switch to create a shortcut that opened the ...
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How to get back-to-work with a Windows 7 PC that has no admin account?

I have a PC which doesn't have the Administrator account active and the only user account left is a Guest user. I want to get back the admin account but I don't know how to do that with a guest user. ...
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How to run program from command line with elevated rights

Is there a way to run a program or command with elevated rights when I am already in a non-elevated command line? Exactly the same action that would be performed when I click on the program shortcut ...
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Run as administrator from command line on Windows 8

I am trying to run Notepad as admin so I can edit my hosts file from the command line. I have tried runas /user:(myusername)\administrator "notepad c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts" I then input ...
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Grant admin rights on an application

I'm want to grant a user administrative rights to one application on Windows 7. I don't want them to be able to have full admin rights, but admin rights are required for one of the applications they ...
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no administrator password for Windows 7

I'm a secretary and my boss set up my new Windows 7 OptiPlex 7010 (Dell) computer for me while I was on vacation (he does not remember setting any "administrator" password). We are a small office so ...
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Prevent admin users from reading my files [duplicate]

My surface tablet is shared with a friend. She uses a separate account, with admin rights. Being an admin, she is able to gain access to all my files. Even my OneDrive files. I guess I could follow ...
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Is there a faster way to open a process as Administrator (With UAC enabled)?

Currently (In Windows 10) - if I want to open a CMD prompt, I'll hit the Windows key, type CMD and hit Enter. If I want it open as an administrator, I have to right click the item and click Run As ...
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Drag and Drop File into Application under run as administrator

Whenever I have an application running (Visual Studio 2008, Notepad, etc.) under "Run as Administrator", I cannot drag and drop files from Windows Explorer into the application. I've tried running ...
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Delete hiberfil.sys on Windows 7

Ok, so I know what hiberfil.sys is, and I want to use hibernation on my laptop. But I have another hard drive active in my laptop, it's taken from my old one... and I want to get rid of the hiberfil....
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Administrator account prevents me from reverting Windows 10 to 8.1

On Windows 10, I had to enable the Administrator account using net user administrator /active:yes for reasons that aren't relevant here. Now, if I try to revert to Windows 8.1 through Settings >> ...
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How to start WampServer without providing administrator privileges?

I just set up Dexpot to start WampServer automatically when I enter a new desktop. The problem is that I've hidden my taskbar, and WampServer needs administrative rights. So I have to use Alt-Tab to ...
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Windows 7 Administrator user doesn't have Admin rights

On windows 7, I have a user account of the 'administrator' type. However, whenever I try to do anything that only admins can do (ie: run a few cmd commands), I receive a message that I don't have the ...
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Run applications as administrator by default in Windows 10

I have just got a new laptop with Microsoft Windows 10. My previous laptop ran Windows 7. I'm trying to get applications to "run as administrator" by default, so that I'm not constantly having ...
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restricting access to volumes disk even for admin account windows

I am running windows 7 x64. I am sharing my PC with a brother who plays a lot of games and runs all kinds of questionable programs that might have trojans, etc. A lot of that software needs admin ...
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Why is it bad to run as root?

I've often come across posts on forums or other websites where you see people joking in such a manner about running/logging in as root as if it's something awful and everyone ought to know about it. ...
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Windows 10 Administrator account has been disabled. Please see your system administrator [duplicate]

I recently had a problem after installing Windows 10 which required me to start in Safe Mode to rectify it. Since this I can no longer "restart" and the only screen that comes up is: Administrator ...
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What's the difference between a Hidden Administrator Account and normal Administrator account in Windows 10?

I'm asking this because my D-Link Dongle (datacard) app doesn't run in normal administrator account. It displays a message like: "An administrator has blocked you from running this app..." So I ...
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How to stop an unstoppable windows 7 service?

I have recently installed a program that deploys an agent which "protects" from peripherals. What it actually does at this point is to block any kind of media I plug to my PC. I've done some checking ...
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How can I run ALL my Apps “as administrator” by default in Windows 7?

I know that I can change the property in advanced setting of the shortcut to run one app as administrator. But is possible to do that for all my application? There is a general setting or something ...
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What is 'Run as Administrator' in Windows 7? [duplicate]

On my Windows 7 machine, I am an administrator. I see, when I right click an app, it has an option Run as Administrator. What does this mean? Also, if I am logged in as administrator, what ...
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root vs Administrator vs SYSTEM

When comparing the various linux distributions with Windows' software, what is the fundamental difference in terms of levels of access with the administrative accounts? I always thought that the ...
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Run cmd.exe in Administrator mode without explorer.exe

I've recently had trouble with explorer.exe not working. I found a possible solution here, using sfc.exe. The problem is that I cannot "right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as ...
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What is the difference between my admin account and the “Administrator”?

I created an admin profile (Admin1) when I installed Windows 7 Pro (not talking about the Administrator profile though). Admin1 is in group of Administrators but there are still things I can't do like ...
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Manually enter login information in Windows 7

In our office users have their own Windows 7 computer with their own account. I've started adding a hidden Administrator user for use with certain network services and so I can access their machines ...
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Difference between Power user and Administrator

What would be the differences between a power user and administrator user?
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Windows with Full Control to Everyone for Everything

Similar to sudo chmod -R 777 /, but for Windows 7. A customer decided he hated the prompts for administrators to continue, so he gave himself Full Control for the Everyone group on Windows 7. Now, ...
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Turn off administrative share on Windows 7

I have removed the administrative shares, but the shares are re-enabled after rebooting. I have also tried the editing the registry as described in this Microsoft forum post, but it's also re-enabled ...
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Administrator account in Windows Vista

I have a Windows Vista (Home Premium) machine with a unique user for which the owner forgot the password. I have physical access to the machine. I gave a try to Ophcrack Live CD, but it couldn't find ...
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Windows 7 “Run as Administrator” when already an Administrator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do I need to run commands as administrator if my account is member of administrator group? Silly question here: why in Windows 7 (and presumably Vista/Server2008) are ...
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Allow given application to run as administrator, without prompting user for credentials

At my workplace, Windows 7 machines are being rolled out, and users are not being granted administrative privileges. My department creates applications that run locally on the user's machine, and ...
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How to edit the hosts in Windows 7?

I would like to add an address to the hosts file. I am running Windows 7 (Hebrew edition), and I am the system administrator. I have tried the command notepad C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts to ...
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Log in as the Administrator?

A window that says "You must log in as the administrator to run this program" has appeared when attempting to run a piece of software. How do I log in as the administrator so that this program can ...
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How do I install Get Windows 10 app while joined to a domain

The app installation seems to be blocked from installation by Microsoft if the computer is joined to a domain. Microsoft says the usual "contact your domain administrator" to allow this but I cannot ...
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Is there a way to crack the windows Administrator password in Linux (using the SAM file) WITHOUT resetting it?

I have Ubuntu 10.10 on a USB bootstick. Chntpw is installed as well. Are there any programs available which will crack the password? EDIT: I understand now that a SAM file contains hashes, which can'...
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Windows Admin Privileges Required After Install

I installed VirtualBox on Windows 7 from an EXE without admin privileges, but now I can't do the following unless I provide admin credentials on my system: Change/disable Host-only adapter installed ...
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Windows 7 locked on admin account which doesn't have a password enabled

Windows 7 Ultimate seems to be locked. I recall having Cygwin & Firefox running, Adobe updates were installing, then all freezing... I have manually killed some processes in the Task Bar, but it ...
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Batch file - start program with admin rights

I have a .bat file in my startup folder: d: cd\ cd TrueCrypt truecrypt /ll /p "" /q /v d:\MYO Is there a way to start TrueCrypt with admin right?
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Remove administrator password? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows: How to reset the administrator password? Is it possible to remove the administrator's password on an XP machine? There is no option/link in user settings as there ...
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Locked out from Windows 8.1 administrator account being disabled [duplicate]

I installed a Windows 8.1 laptop. By default the Administrator account is disabled. During the install process, the user created belongs to the administrators group (call it FirstUser). I installed ...
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How to recover Windows 8 authenticated users access if denied for a particular folder

I've got Windows 8 and trying to restrict access to a particular folder on my D: drive for other user accounts, and set permissions for the authenticated user group in security tab as denied. Now I ...
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Win 7, protect folder with two admins

I'm sharing a pc with my friend and we need to set up two admin accounts to use properly the pc. We have Win 7. The problem right now is that the first admin can view the folders content of the second ...
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Windows 7 SYSTEM cmd possibility?

I have an access to system cmd (the one before you login to domain) and a non admin user located on domain. Since SYSTEM user is considered a higher privilege than admin in windows 7, how do I move ...
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How to create an admin account from non-admin privileges

I want to create an Administrator account from a non-admin account (such as guest) in Windows 7. Is it possible?
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Is it possible to discover the current owner of a folder?

I am running the Windows 8 Enterprise x64. Here are the current security settings for a folder on an NTFS volume: I have access neither to the folder contents, nor to its security settings nor its ...
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Run task manager as another user (admin)

Is it possible to run the Windows Task Manager as another user, i.e. as an admin? Our users run with limited privileges, so it would be helpful if I could task manager as an administrator to kill a ...