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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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How to install multiple Microsoft applications without conflicts

                  For all the IT students, self-teachers, and new professionals Situation: The days of ...
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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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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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. ...
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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 can I make my keyboard's media keys work when an elevated program has focus?

When I hit my media keys when using Visual Studio 2010 normally, they control Media Player Classic just fine. When I launch VS2010 with elevated privileges, I have to select another program in order ...
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How do I run control panel 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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why windows 7 does not run chkdsk?

With Windows XP, after each power faillure, windows would run chkdsk to check the hard drive. However, i do not see this pattern with Windows 7, even after a power faillure. Does that mean it does not ...
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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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How can I always launch a program as administrator without right-clicking?

I have a program I have to run as admin. Now I have to manually do a right click and choose from the menu "Run as admin" I'm wondering if I could create an icon with some parameter and than just ...
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Why is the “Run as Administrator” checkbox disabled?

I have a .bat file that cannot allow me to set it to run as admin as required by going to the Properties box and check for Privilege checkbox. But mine is disabled as below snapshot. What can I do ...
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What are the risks of giving developers admin rights to their own PCs? [closed]

I need to convince my internal IT department to give my new team of developers admin rights to our own PCs. They seem to think this will create some security risk to the network. Can anyone explain ...
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How to make a cmd 'runnable as administrator' under windows 7?

I have written as small .cmd file to be executed as an administrator. I am trying to set its options as 'Run as Administrator' but the check box is not accessible. Why? How to solve this issue? I ...
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Windows 7: how can I elevate a running cmd window?

How can I elevate a open cmd window such that it has administrator rights as it would have if i would start it with "run as administrator"?
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Does “Run as administator” really do anything if UAC is off?

I know that User Account Control should not be turned off, but let's just say it's off for the sake of argument. With UAC off, I still have the option to "Run as administrator" on executable files, ...
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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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Force running a program as non-administrator in Vista

I've just installed, on Vista 32-bit, a program which in my opinion shouldn't require administrator rights. It's not installed in a system directory, and its purpose shouldn't obviously require any ...
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What is the difference between the Administrator account and a User account that has administrator privilage?

The Backstory Wife has a multiplayer Minecraft Server that she runs Tectonicus (a map generating program) against. Tectonicus is set up to use OpenGL (aparently ONLY OpenGL). When attempting to run ...
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Is there a way to run resource monitor (resmon.exe) without administrator privileges?

Is there a way to run resource monitor (resmon.exe) without administrator privileges? The user is member of the debug users, power users, performance monitor and performance log groups, however, this ...
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Why am I consistently getting “insufficient privileges” when trying to install BlueStacks?

I've run the installer as administrator. I've went to the Start Menu folder, the Programs folder, and Windows Live folder all individually and edited the Security tab so that ALL users have 100% ...