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User accounts Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by bahookie, Apr 28, 2010.

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  1. bahookie

    bahookie Thread Starter

    Apr 19, 2010
    This is my laptop.
    Obviously my user account is an administrator account.

    Recently, I am receiving messages that I am "not an administrator on this account and do not have permission.."

    When I got to user accounts in control panel, it says under my name (Jane) .. Administrator, however, if I go into "change account type", Standard user is ticked, and when I try to change this to administrator, the Change account type button is greyed out.
    I seem to have the option of standard user or.. standard user.

    Ok, so there is one particular folder I need to be able to write to, which is
    C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc filename hosts.
    I right clicked on this file and gave myself ownership of it, which really should've sorted the problem of not being able to fffaafffin write to it, however...no. No such luck

    I can't, and it's chewing my brain.

    I did suspect that this has changed since I downloaded and installed both mcafee and norton from comcast, however a call to their tech help got the answer "nohhh, computer, says... nohhhh" Ok, this might be the case, but I'm was not convinced either way.

    Does anyone have any ideas? This has effectively left my wee laptop without an effective administrator and I do not feel 3 laws safe.

    Many thanks from a rapidly aging mum. I am an immigrant to your technological world, so please be gentle.
  2. bahookie

    bahookie Thread Starter

    Apr 19, 2010
    PS apologies for the repetition of effective. Also, I thought I should add that there are no other users on this computer capable of changing user account types, so that can be ruled out.
    I double checked just to make sure :)
  3. petan


    Apr 26, 2010
    can you open cmd.exe enter this 'net user Jane' and tell me what is there, there should be that you are in group Administrators, and do you have UAC on?
  4. aasimenator


    Dec 21, 2008
    I'll try to be as descriptive as I can.. what I am about to show you is only known by a few groups of admins.

    Click on Start then click on Run, If you don't see Run click on the window key + R
    (key between the left CTRL & left ALT) + R
    on the box that opens type in "control userpasswords2" (Without Quotes) this will fire up a window "User Accounts"

    Now (√) Users Must enter a user name and password to use this computer
    Now under Users For this Computer:
    Select Your UserName "Jane"
    then Select Properties
    On the Properties Tab select Group Membership Tab
    Now Select Administrator (Administrators Group)
    Select Apply then click on OK then again Apply & OK
    Now Restart your computer & you'll have your user account as administrator
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