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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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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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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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

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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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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How to always run as administrator applications on Windows 8

The problem is, when I open applications I need to always right click, select run as admin. When I don't do it getting unexpected application errors. BTW, I turned off UAC. It's annoying. Is ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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How to run program from command line with elevated rights

I wonder if exists a way how to run program or command with elevated rights when I am already in non-elevated command line. Exactly the same action that would be performed when I click on the program ...
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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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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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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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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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Always elevated administrative rights in Windows 8 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I disable administrator prompt in Windows 8? I always used Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (SP1) with User Account Control completely turned off - the slider in the ...
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What is 'Run as Administrator' in Windows 7?

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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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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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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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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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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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) ...
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How to always launch vs.net as administrator

I need vs.net to always run as administrator. I can't click on .sln files because it won't run as administrator. So I have to manually click on the vs.net icon, run as administrator, and THEN open a ...
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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 ...
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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 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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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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How to limit the normal users from accessing registry, group policy etc?

I own the admin account of my PC running, Windows XP Pro edition. There is another Non-admin account in this system. I want to limit the administrative capabilities of this account. That is, to ...
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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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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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Use command prompt to alter the local group Administrator policy for a machine remotely

Been trying to get the net localgroup command to work, but I'm not sure if it's possible to use it for another separate computer on the domain. Edit: It seems I forgot a key piece of information in ...
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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 do I troubleshoot the sound card?

My system was running fine, but I occasionally noticed that the sound output is "glitchy" and I decided to add a sound card. A friend gave me his old sound card from a system he is throwing away. 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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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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Change environment variables as standard user (Windows 7)

When clicking on "Advanced system settings", I need to login as the administrator and hence only edit the administrators environment variables (in addition to the machine wide ones). How do I edit the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Windows 7 - Cached Network Share Credentials?

I have an issue in Windows 7 where I get the following error message when attempting to access an admin network share on a machine in another domain: Multiple connections to a server or shared ...
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Always Run as Administrator

In Windows 7 you must be an Administrator to install or do certain functions in Windows 7. Majority of the time it ask you if you want to run as administrator to do what needs to be done. However ...
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Configuring Background Tasks to Autorun as Administrator

I am trying to figure out how to run a program that requires administrator access to autorun. Some programs like DuMeter, Speedfan, or ATI Tray Tools require administrator access to interface with ...
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Is it okay to use an administrator account for everyday use if UAC is on?

Since I switched to Windows 7 about 3 years ago, and now using Windows 8.1, I have become familiar with the concept of User Account Control and used my PC the following way: a standard account which I ...
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How can I re-enable the web interface of a dd-wrt router with no SSH or telnet connection?

I accidentally disabled my D-link router's web interface. I installed dd-wrt firmware on it. The router's SSH and telnet connections are disabled. I don't want to reset the router. How can I enable ...
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Why is “run this program as an administrator” disabled?

I need to stop some services so I made a cmd file but it doesn't work because it needs to run as admin. When I right click on the file and choose Properties, I see that "run this program as an ...
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What are the desktop.ini files for?

My desktop has two hidden .ini files: desktop.ini (370 bytes): [.ShellClassInfo] LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21799 [LocalizedFileNames] Microsoft Office - 60 Day ...
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Difference between Power user and Administrator

What would be the differences between a power user and administrator user?