What is an equivalent for ntrights.exe on Windows 7?

I need it to be able to be run from the command line.

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You can still use ntrights from the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools. Although not supported naturally, many of the tools performs flawlessly (including ntrights.exe).

Proof: Microsoft TechNet (scroll down until you find the Tool table, including NTRights.exe as one of the tools that can be used).

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If you want to do it in Powershell you can install Powershell Community Extensions (PSCX) and use their Get-Privilege and Set-Privilege cmdlets.

Example from PSCX Help:

$p = Get-Privilege
Set-Privilege $p
Get-Privilege | ft Name, Status -a

Name Status
---- ------
SeShutdownPrivilege Disabled
SeChangeNotifyPrivilege EnabledByDefault, Enabled
SeUndockPrivilege Disabled
SeIncreaseWorkingSetPrivilege Disabled
SeTimeZonePrivilege Enabled

By default it acts on the current user, but you can pass it a specific windows identity, of course.

  • How can I get the identity to pass it, if I want to set a privilege for a different user? Aug 7, 2013 at 12:03
  • @PeterMounce Both cmdlets have an -Identity parameter, so you should be a able to specify another user. But I haven't tried that myself.
    – oleschri
    Aug 8, 2013 at 9:44
  • I did try that, and it didn't accept a string containing the username as a valid identity; I assume therefore it wants an object. Aug 8, 2013 at 15:51
  • @PeterMounce It seems to expect a System.Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity. Couldn't get it to run with another user either.
    – oleschri
    Aug 9, 2013 at 8:59
  • yes; how do I get hold of one of those? Aug 9, 2013 at 10:03

Although its not suitable for scripting, The user management plugin for the orthodox file manager Far Manager will let you do this from the console. If you are running the 64 bit version of farmanager, you will need the 64 bit version of the plugin from the evil programmers google code project.


Almost ten years laterXD To show privileges "WhoAmI.exe /Priv" might do it, but "SecEdit.exe" could be worth a look at as well.

Hint: If the command "FSUtil" exits with errorlevel 1, you do NOT have admin privileges.


ntrights may be getting more difficult to find, and certainly isn't supported. For those interested, I wrote an open-source alternative:


You can download the executables from the Releases page.

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