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Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

  1. #90


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    Quote Originally Posted by MaGlCMaN View Post
    Sorry if this should be obvious but, if I were to enable the built-in administrator account, will it be its own separate "fresh" account that no longer has all of my desktop icons, internet browser bookmarks, etc? And if so, then is there a way to instead upgrade my current account to the same status as the built-in administrator account? I know its not safe to use the built-in administrator account as my main account but I'm willing to take the risks as long as they're not a lot more threatening than I think.
    Hello MaGICMaN, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    As Maggi posted, the built-in Administrator account is indeed a separate account. This is a local elevated account that it and everything running (ex: malware) while signed in to the account has full unrestricted access to everything on the PC. This is a security risk, and is why it's not recommended to use the built-in Administrator as an everyday account. Another downside, Store apps will not run in elevated accounts.

    If your current account is an administrator type, then it is considered an unelevated administrator account. However, anything that requires elevation (Run as administrator) to run or open, you will just get a UAC prompt to approve to do so.

    You could make all administrator accounts on the PC to be elevated accounts, but they will not be able to open Store apps.

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  2. #91


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    Windows 8.1


    Well, here's the deal. I have a program that's directory is located in Program Files (x86) -- nothing out of the ordinary, right? Well, often times I need to create new files in a certain subfolder of said program's directory, however, Windows won't let me do it for some reason. Says I need to contact the administrator or whatever, even though my account is Administrator. I've turned the UAC settings all the way down and unchecked the Read Only option in the folder, but still get the message. I guess there's not a way to elevate my account without exposing it to security risks, huh? I also have another program I use a lot that won't work correctly unless I right click and open it "as Administrator" which is a pain. Is there anything I can do?
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  3. #92


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    64-bit Windows 10


    By default, Windows will not let you save directly into system folders.

    Does the program have an option to let you save these new files in a folder within one of your libraries or user folders?

    If not, then you might see if changing the owner of that folder to be your account, and set permissions to "allow" your account "full control" of the folder may let you.

    Take Ownership of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8

    Permissions - Allow or Deny Access to Users and Groups in Windows 8
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  4. #93


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    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for your help. I'm trying to go by the "Permissions - Allow or Deny Access to Users and Groups in Windows 8" link you posted, and I have a question. When I go to type this command: icacls "full path of folder or drive" /grant "user name or group":switch /T ..what exactly do I put for my user name? I can go to C:\Users and see one there, but when I go to the Control Panel and look in the User Accounts there, it shows that my user name is something different. I assume that the one in C:\Users is the "true" name and is the one I should put but I just want to make sure. Thanks again.
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  5. #94


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    Using Option 4 to change owner and Option 2 for permissions would be the easier way of doing it.
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  6. #95


    TN
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    Windows 8


    Since there is no elevated Command Prompt on my version of W8, just the regular window - how do I run it as "Run As Administrator?"
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  7. #96


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    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedra View Post
    Since there is no elevated Command Prompt on my version of W8, just the regular window - how do I run it as "Run As Administrator?"
    Hello Phaedra,

    Every version and edition of Windows has an elevated command prompt available, but you would need to be signed in as an administrator to be able to open one. The tutorial below can help show you how to.

    Elevated Command Prompt - Open in Windows 8
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  8. #97


    Hi!

    First I must admit that I haven't read all the thread so I'm sorry if you already answered this question.

    I can't use option 1 since it requires admin privileges that I don't have. I tried to do the second option while logged in as "Guest", but it's also requires admin privileges. Maybe it works better if I boot the computer with a cd and start cmd like that?
    But I would like to not do it, since it's not my computer and the user is always logged in, it would be obvious that I have done something if the user isn't logged in when he come back.

    Is there any way that I can use to enable the built-in administrator, from a guest account? Or is there another way from an guest account to gain access to the files in the admin account?

    Thanks a lot for a good guide!
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  9. #98


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello malamadre,

    I'm sorry, but we cannot help you to access a computer that is not yours as per forum rule #6.

    https://www.eightforums.com/misc.php?do=showrules
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