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Making myself Administrator

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    Making myself Administrator


    Several function will not work because it tells me I need permission from the administrator. It's my computer and no one else in the house uses it.

    I followed these directions signed in as Admin: How can I change the administrator, Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 (user)? So don't bother posting them. My problem is the last step. Where you select "Make Administrator". Mine is faded out. I cannot select it. I think MS should make computer 1 type for home users and 1 type for business. This is frustrating.

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    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    You may need to enable it first:

    Enable/Disable built in Administrator Account
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    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Giving yourself admin powers is not always a pathway to smooth, effortless, sailing. I've found out that both taking admin control and/or talking ownership control does not always lead to getting my way with certain Windows Operations. In fact, the other night I admin'd and ownership'd my way right into a forced restart of Windows 7 Pro. Thankfully, the restart and another restart brought me back my 100% Windows OPs.
    Unless I read incorrectly, the absolute admin is the Windows Trusted Installer. Windows does grant admin powers to its built-in administrator account. From there, you and I are somewhere underneath those top two generals.
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    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    Giving yourself admin powers is not always a pathway to smooth, effortless, sailing. I've found out that both taking admin control and/or talking ownership control does not always lead to getting my way with certain Windows Operations. In fact, the other night I admin'd and ownership'd my way right into a forced restart of Windows 7 Pro. Thankfully, the restart and another restart brought me back my 100% Windows OPs.
    Unless I read incorrectly, the absolute admin is the Windows Trusted Installer. Windows does grant admin powers to its built-in administrator account. From there, you and I are somewhere underneath those top two generals.
    A les drastic approach I use with Vista and later, since I'm the only user on the system, is to use the Take Ownership Context Menu
    Command on the Program Files and Program Files (x86) folders. Do not take ownership of C:
    entirely or you will have bigger problems.

    With this approach I don't have to run programs as Administrator just because they write an .ini file or data file in their install folders.
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    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    MilesAhead "... Do not take ownership of C: entirely or you will have bigger problems..." is spot on! Also, do not meddle with C:\Windows\System32 or SystemWow64[?] -- that I think is what led me to my forced reStart.
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    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    MilesAhead "... Do not take ownership of C: entirely or you will have bigger problems..." is spot on! Also, do not meddle with C:\Windows\System32 or SystemWow64[?] -- that I think is what led me to my forced reStart.
    Thanks for posting that specific folder info.
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