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Tutorial: How to make Windows 8 understand you ARE the Administrator

  1. #11


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    Yeah, that is true for sure, but then you are literally named Administrator and that is the first thing that root kits go for. You can rename the actual Administrator account to make that not a risk though, with secpol.msc.

    Built-in Administrator Account - Change Name - Windows 7 Forums

    Local Policies | Security Options | Accounts: Rename administrator account

    "Accounts: Rename administrator account

    This security setting determines whether a different account name is associated with the security identifier (SID) for the account Administrator. Renaming the well-known Administrator account makes it slightly more difficult for unauthorized persons to guess this privileged user name and password combination.

    Default: Administrator."

    Got to be careful, heh. Net use is a very powerful command, along with enumerating shares, amongst other commands that go well along with them....not to mention C$, D$, ADMIN$ etc...
    Last edited by Brink; 25 Mar 2012 at 16:29. Reason: added link for more info

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  2. #12


    Turkiye
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    Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 RP


    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    There's no such thing as foolproof...
    Attachment 4840
    I'm getting same error if i set User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin approval mode as Disable . Any solution?
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  3. #13


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    Hello Brk, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    This will hopefully be fixed in the Windows 8 Release Preview. For now the UAC notification settings will need to be set to the default setting, and leave User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin approval mode set to it's default setting of Enabled.

    If you like, you can use this below instead though.

    User Account Control (UAC) - Elevate Privilege Level - Vista Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    This will hopefully be fixed in the Windows 8 Release Preview.
    It would be cool, but I don't think it's broken, but rather by design and intended by MS for security reasons.
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    Sure would. We'll find out next month though.
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  6. #16


    Turkiye
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    Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 RP


    OK. Thanks.
    I hope it will be fixed.
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  7. #17


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    Just got my copy of W8 from Dreamspark and sad to see this trend continues, I'm baffled how MS can randomly assume that only idiots run windows. Its literally irritating to use UAC, but on the other hand there are some cool metro apps. So is there a solution to this problem? Cause migrating my account to the Administrator account is not an option for me.

    And just a question to the MS logic team: When i'm member of Administrators group on my machine, why on earth there are restrictions to what i can access and what i can do? More over, why would you enforce UAC with Metro apps on Administrators? If im Administrator on my own PC, im pretty damn sure what i'm doing, i don't need a popup every time.
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    Thanks for the good info here!
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  9. #19


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    Windows 7 64 bit & Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by ceckin View Post
    Just got my copy of W8 from Dreamspark and sad to see this trend continues, I'm baffled how MS can randomly assume that only idiots run windows. Its literally irritating to use UAC, but on the other hand there are some cool metro apps. So is there a solution to this problem? Cause migrating my account to the Administrator account is not an option for me.

    And just a question to the MS logic team: When i'm member of Administrators group on my machine, why on earth there are restrictions to what i can access and what i can do? More over, why would you enforce UAC with Metro apps on Administrators? If im Administrator on my own PC, im pretty damn sure what i'm doing, i don't need a popup every time.
    agreed ...its really annoying. I hope they fix it .
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  10. #20


    If it is only the Command prompt privileges, it is not really necessary to delve into secpol. Jusy create a shortcut, (which eventually you can place where your choose). In the text window type Cmd. Click. Give it a name - How about "Command Prompt"? click
    Right Click your new shortcut and select properties and the "shortcut" tab. Click "Advanced". Select "Run as Administrator" Leave the other option as it is (Run in Separate memory space), Ok and out. Done.
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