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 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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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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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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How to open a file for editing in Administrator mode?

I have .config files set to open in Notepad++. The files I edit are typically in protected locations (e.g. c:\windows\, c:\program files..., etc..) thus requiring administrator access. I'd like to ...
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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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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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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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What is the equivalent of sudo in Windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: is there any 'Sudo' command for windows ? Is there a command line equivalent to sudo in Windows 7? Or do you just have to open a command prompt that is being run ...
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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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How do I run control panel as administrator?

I have the following problem on my Windows 7 computer: I am a member of Administrators, but do not have full Superuser privileges. I have been told that this is by design, and that I need to ...
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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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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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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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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 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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How to verify my current user has admin rights or not?

I'am running win XP sp2. How to check that whether I have admin rights or not? I can't check the system properties. I don't have that much items in the configuration panel. It seems I don't have ...
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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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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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How to run a program as an administrator at startup on Windows 10?

We have a program that is having problem starting up on Windows 10. If the program is NOT run as administrator, it popups a "Access Denied" message right before it starts. If we run the program as an ...
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Force cmd.exe prompt to run NOT as admin

Related to my other question, I need to be able to run the command prompt NOT as an admin. Whenever I launch a command prompt, either from the Start Menu, or by double clicking the C:\Windows\System32\...
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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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How many hours the PC has worked

I will buy a used PC and I want to know how many hours the PC has worked. I have already found : systeminfo | findstr /C:"Install Date" systeminfo | findstr /C:"BIOS Version" but I need to know ...
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If a Windows cmd.exe is running with elevated privileges does anything I execute from its prompt also run with elevated privileges?

If my cmd.exe Window says "Administrator" in the title bar, indicating it was started with elevated privileges, does this mean anything I execute from this command window is also run with elevated ...
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Make Jumplist Shortcut Always Run Application as Administrator

I have Visual Studio 2010, for instance, pinned to my taskbar. I have pinned a solution to it so I can just right-click the VS icon and then choose my solution to fire it up (e.g. from the Jumplist). ...
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Run as Administrator greyed out on shortcut

I have a shortcut to a program that only works when run as administrator but in the shortcuts advanced options "always run as administrator" is greyed out. I've looked at the other similar questions ...
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using “runas” with “Administrator” account versus other admin accounts

On my computer, I have two admin accounts. The default admin account named "Administrator", and a new admin account named "testadmin." If I run the following commands: runas /user:testadmin cmd.exe ...
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Is there any point in using a strong password on a laptop if the HDD is not encrypted?

I was wondering whether an Admin password like "gW%94Slkx" on a laptop is any safer than, say, "abc" if your HDD is not encrypted. If you lose your laptop or if it gets stolen, all your data is easily ...
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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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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 Trial....
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How can I run something as Administrator via Cygwin's SSH?

I'm trying to connect to a remote Windows 7 box that needs a setup change or two. I've got access to an Administrator account via Cygwin's SSH server, but Cygwin won't let me run Administrator-...
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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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Difference between Power user and Administrator

What would be the differences between a power user and administrator user?
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How do I configure my application to run as administrator automatically?

I have created a patch file with an executable inside of it using Winrar SFX feature. After executing the SFX file and the extraction ends up, my executable file will never run because it doesn't have ...
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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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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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Run task manager (process explorer) as administrator

I have Sysinternals Process Explorer installed as the system's task manager (Win7 64). Since half of the metrics for anything started as service and processes started under other user accounts are ...
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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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Run applications as another user in Mac OS X

In Windows 7 you can start applications with admin rights and you can also run them as a different user. Is there a similar feature in Mac OS X? I have sort of a special application that needs ...
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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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Making CMD run as administrator mode automatically [duplicate]

I like to do a Win+R+ CMD + Enter but it doesn't run the command prompt in "administrator mode". I am aware that I can "right-click" run as admin, however I was wondering is there anyway to make the ...
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How to turn off “Always run as administrator” Windows 8?

I followed these instructions (http://stackoverflow.com/questions/12257110/can-you-force-visual-studio-to-always-run-as-an-administrator-in-windows-8) to force my Visual Studio 2012 to always run as ...
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Linux console session over HTTP?

I'd like to remotely administer my Linux machine at home whilst I'm at work. Only ports 80 and 443 are avaiable, through an HTTP proxy. I don't want to install tunnelling software. What I really need ...
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Windows 8.1: administrator account has access denied to other partitions

UAC is activated for the administrator. With Windows 8 everything is okay. After the upgrade to 8.1, the administrator account is denied to access the every partition except the one containing Windows,...
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Installing driver without admin privileges on win xp

I'm trying to gain Administrator privileges on an industrial brake press so we can install a wifi dongle for networking. The problem is I don't have the password for the admin account and the company ...
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Start elevated command prompt in %UserProfile% directory by default?

When I start an elevated Command Prompt in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, the initial directory is the %SystemRoot%\system32 directory. This is the default Windows behavior, and is not a problem ...
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How to run a program with administrator privileges on user login under Windows?

I'm using Windows 8.1 x64 and I'd like to run a program with administrator privileges on user login. I tried to make a shortcut of the program and ticked "run as administrator" in the properties of ...
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Always run a given program as an administrator in Windows 8.1 without prompt

I have set up a program to always run as an administrator using the Compatability setting in Properties, which is necessary as the program always require administrator rights. Is there a way to make ...
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DllRegisterServer fails with 0x80070005 even on cmd opened as Administrator

This error code is supposed to mean 'Access Denied', and the solution given everywhere on the net (eg. http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3808954/dllunregisterserver-failed-with-error-code-0x80070005) ...
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Powershell Access to the path denied

I'm sure this has been asked a million times, but I can't figure out why I can't run this simple command in powershell: PS> new-item -path c:\users\me\desktop\testfolder -name (get-date).txt -...
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Why doesn't the administrator mode protect Windows from malware?

It is often given as the main reason for Linux' relative safety from malware that only the root account, which is not used for e.g. browsing the web, can make significant changes to the system. ...