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

  1. #30


    Posts : 15
    win 8


    thank you, dear brink.

    here is the snip for user accounts:


    and the snip of of elevated cmd window:

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    Last edited by Brink; 11 Dec 2013 at 23:02. Reason: removed image that contained email address in it

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  2. #31


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Biren,

    Is the is an OEM computer or one you installed yourself, and are you joined to a domain?

    The built-in "Administrator" may have been renamed. Type the command below in the command prompt to show all local administrator accounts to see of "Administrator" may be listed. I don't think it will since it's not listed above with net user. Compare the results from the command below to see if one is not listed with the accounts you have listed in Control Panel. That may be the renamed built-in Administrator.


    net localgroup administrators
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  3. #32


    Posts : 15
    win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Biren,

    Is the is an OEM computer or one you installed yourself, and are you joined to a domain?

    The built-in "Administrator" may have been renamed. Type the command below in the command prompt to show all local administrator accounts to see of "Administrator" may be listed. I don't think it will since it's not listed above with net user. Compare the results from the command below to see if one is not listed with the accounts you have listed in Control Panel. That may be the renamed built-in Administrator.


    net localgroup administrators

    dear Brink.
    thank you once again. that was quite fast.

    i have a OEM laptop - dell with windows preinstalled, bought thru a reseller.

    the cmd prompt lists 2 administrator accounts, and both this show up in the user account (snip below).

    ** REMOVED **

    also...
    when i access these accounts (log in thru), i see the apps in both cases, on the start screen. (i think, you mentioned that apps are not accessible in the built-in admin account)

    regards
    biren
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  4. #33


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You'll still see some apps while signed in to the built-in Administrator. You'll just see something like this below if you try to open any of them though. Test to see if this happens while signed in to either your "biroo" or "biren-boss" local administrator accounts. If you do, then that's the built-in Administrator account.

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    Just to note though, that a normal administrator account has the same access as the built-in Administrator account, but only has to have you approve the UAC prompt to allow it to perform elevated actions.
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  5. #34


    Posts : 15
    win 8


    dear Brink,
    mystery solved!
    thank you.

    i found the built-in admin account. it was one of the 2.

    what you say is... that... what i can access /perform/ do from the built-in admin account, i will also be able to do thru the normal admin account? every nook and cranny of the computer can be in my control thru either of the 2 admin accounts, right?

    if that is so, the restrictions i thought i was facing (non-accessability) must be because of not having windows 8 pro.

    i will have to look into all the things i was not able to access.

    thank you, once again, Brink.

    warmth.
    biren
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  6. #35


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    I'm happy to hear that you found the built-in Administrator account.

    If you are referring to MMCs like Group Policy, Security Policy, Local Users and Groups, etc..., then yeah those are only available in the Pro and Enterprise editions.

    Otherwise, all administrator accounts have full access. It's just that only the built-in "Administrator" is natively "elevated" to not need UAC approval before doing anything that requires elevated rights. The normal unelevated administrator accounts, would need UAC approval first.
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  7. #36


    Posts : 1
    7 Ultimate SP1 x64


    Excellent post. Very well written. Saved me a lot of time!

    --wheelsOh1
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  8. #37


    Posts : 4
    windows 8 single language pack


    i tried all above ....i am not able to do anything because user account control window yes button not shown please help me
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  9. #38


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Balajiraja, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Are you signed in to an administrator account?

    If so, then you should be able to use any of the options in the tutorial available to you no matter of UAC.
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  10. #39


    Posts : 4
    windows 8 single language pack


    sir
    now am sign in microsoft account sir and it act as local user sir
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