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Transferring Standard (Admin) Account to Hidden Admin?

  1. #1


    Posts : 108
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit

    Transferring Standard (Admin) Account to Hidden Admin?


    Hi Guys,

    I'm new to this forum (as in this is my first post) so please be gentle with me if this has been answered before.

    So anyway I have a standard account with admin privileges, turned off UAC etc... but it doesn't seem to be elevated all the time for example I still see the "admin shield" icon next to some programs on my desktop. Most of the time I have to right click and select "Run as Administrator" from the popup menu and also Windows 8 still asks me when something needs admin mode and do I want to continue.

    I have activated the hidden (true) admin account on my PC and when I log into that everything is elevated and great, no more prompts etc... which is what I want. But the problem is it looks very basic, I want to be able to transfer all my settings from my standard admin account to my true admin account, is this possible? I've tried going to system->advanced system settings->user profiles to copy the account across but the copy button is grayed out.

    If this is not possible is there any way to make this standard admin account the full type which is always elevated?

    Hope someone can help me, I'm getting very annoyed having to give permission for things I want to do all the time.

    Thanks in advance

    -milw0rm

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello milw0rm, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You could use the tutorial below to elevate your standard administrator account to have the same elevated rights as the built-in elevated Administrator account.

    Be warned though, that all Metro Store apps and the Store will not work in an elevated account.

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

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 108
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    thanks brink, worked a treat
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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