Run Administrator in Windows® 7
Learn about the different ways to run a program as an administrator in Windows 7.
Windows 7 is a high performance delivering operating system. This OS, released by Microsoft, has many improved features when compared to its predecessors. An administrator account is a user account which lets you make changes, which may also affect other users. When you are setting up Windows, you need to create user account. This account is called as administrator account. It is seen that administrators can change security settings and install hardware and software. They can also access all files on the computer. They also have the power to make changes to other user accounts.
The following points are about administrator privileges, ways to run a program as an administrator and enabling the hidden admin account:
- Administrator privileges
- Ways to run a program as an administrator
- Enabling the hidden admin account
Actually this is a Windows 7 security implant, which is being used to make sure that specific files, processes, applications and other system changing tasks are being done on a secure level. It is seen that the administrator privileges in Windows 7 are mainly designed to keep the OS more secure. With an administrator account, users can change or modify all files within Windows. They can also adjust system defaults and the Windows settings and can manage other users. There are some applications which need to run as the administrator for changes to take effect.
Ways to run a program as an administrator
There are different ways to run programs as the administrator. You can use keyboard shortcuts. For doing that, you need to press 'Ctrl' + 'Shift' while opening the program. If you find that the UAC dialog box is displayed then click 'Yes' in order to allow a program for running with administrative privileges. Another way is that you can use the program’s context menu. For doing that, you need to right-click on the program’s shortcut. After that select 'Run as Administrator' which is present in the pop-up menu. In the UAC dialog box click 'Yes'.
For enabling the hidden administrator account, firstly you need to open the Command Prompt in the 'Administrator' mode. This is done by right-clicking and then you have to choose the 'Run as administrator' option. There is a shortcut for this - 'Ctrl' + 'Shift' + 'Enter' from the search box. Then you need to type 'net user administrator /active:yes' in the next window. After that you should get the message saying that the command is completed successfully. Then, log out to see the administrator account as a choice. You have to note that there is no password for this account. So, in order to leave it as enabled you need to change the password.
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