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Allow Local Admin for User

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by keega, Oct 24, 2011.

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  1. keega

    keega Thread Starter

    Jun 16, 2005
    Hey peeps!

    I just installed a W7 system for one of my users and I want him to be local admin. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to do this. How do I do this?

    Thanks so much!
  2. leroys1000

    leroys1000 Banned

    Aug 15, 2007
    The first user setup during installation is usually
    setup as a limited administrator account by default.
    You can usually right click programs and click run as administrator
    to run with admin priviledges as needed.
    The only way to actually run with full admin priviledges
    would be to set a password for and activate the administrator
    acount,but that's not recommended.
    You can find user account settings at start/control panel/user accounts.
  3. keega

    keega Thread Starter

    Jun 16, 2005
    Thanks leroys1000! I'll try the right-click method. I did try going into account settings at start/control panel/user and it didn't make any difference. Strange.

  4. davehc

    davehc Retired Trusted Advisor

    Oct 4, 2006
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    Hi keega. The answer to your question:

    There are a couple of ways:
    Open a command prompt(Run as Administrator).
    Type the following command and enter.
    net user administrator /active
    Log out and see if you have a new alternative login, as well as your existing one. If not, do it the long way.
    Shut down the computer for a cold boot. Tap the "F8" key as you are booting.
    Select "Safe Mode with networking" from the boot menu.
    Log into windows 7 with your personal account that holds the administrator access.
    Open a command window (START--->RUN--->CMD.exe). At the command prompt type the following net user administrator /active
    Log out and log back in as administrator.
    Another way:
    Press the Windows + R keys > type netplwiz > uncheck Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer

    Yet Another way to get to the same screen as the previous hint.
    Go to Start
    Type Control UserPasswords2. (or Open the Start menu, and type lusrmgr.msc )
    Click Advanced.
    Click Advanced again.
    Select Users.
    Select Administrator and untick the the box “Administrator is disabled”
    Now log out and login as Administrator.
    As you have been warned by Leroy. Advise your user of the consequemces. The action leaves you a little more vulnerable to outside attack. Not a big issue if you are confident with your anti virus control etc. But it also gives you a little more privilige, and the "ability" to screw up your installation.
  5. keega

    keega Thread Starter

    Jun 16, 2005
    I just want him to be able to download his own things like Google Earth and such, as well as getting into the sound folder to modify his tunes. I don't want him having access to of course the non-shared parts of the network...just make his own changes on his machine. Maybe I wasn't entirely clear before. It's different for some reason in W7.
  6. leroys1000

    leroys1000 Banned

    Aug 15, 2007
    If you have any problem running a downloaded program,
    right click the program and click properties.
    On the general tab,click unblock.
    Most programs,you will want to download to the computer
    then run it.
    Some program installers will not run properly if you click open
    or run from the web and try to install that way.
    If you want to get rid of that annoying user account control
    window that says you need permission to do most things,
    you can do that at start/control panel/user accounts.
    Click change user account control settings and move the slider
    to the bottom.
    That won't get rid of the system prompts,but will reduce the amount
    of messages requiring permission fo basic tasks.
  7. LagunaGTO

    LagunaGTO Account Closed

    Jan 27, 2011
    The easiest way to do this is:

    Right click on My Computer and select Manage. Click on Local Users and Groups. Click on Groups. Double click on Administrators. From there, click on Add. Type the local account name. Click OK. Click Apply. Done.
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