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My Admin user name is corrupted so now PC has NO admin privileges

Q: My Admin user name is corrupted so now PC has NO admin privileges

I created an administrator account for MSConway and changed my original account (pmconway) to user. Now when I log in to MSConway I get "The user name or password is corrupted." At the cmd line I entered "net users" and saw that my Admin account is mistakenly named "Ms. Conway". Also, when I use "net user" for MSConway that name is not recognized, nor is any variation on Ms. Conway (like "Ms. Conway" "Conway" "Ms" "Ms.) What can I do? I really want to upgrade to Windows 10 but I'm stuck with no Admin account.

Also, my Windows 7 DVD came with my refurbished HP and says "Intended for distribution with a refurbished PC." When I boot from that DVD I don't get an option to reformat the hard drive and reinstall Windows, so I'm wondering if I can even do a clean install with this type of Windows 7 DVD. Can I?

I'd really appreciate any suggestions!

Thanks a lot,
Trish

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A: My Admin user name is corrupted so now PC has NO admin privileges

See Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable about enabling the built-in admin account. Once you get it set up I would take a system image with third party software (aomei, eg) so you have a fallback.

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If someone with greater technical savvy than I can help, it would be appreciated. If logs would help, please advise which. I've tried to find/dislodge hijacker (.ru URL) I feel like I'm playing chess in the dark against grand master as grim reaper. Losing
money, time and peace with situation. Windows level 2 techs have remotely tried to fix ( 3 separate cases) and top tech guy at Corte Madera, CA store unable to fix problem. DCOM flooded with error messages by time OS completes Welcome  song/dance. Unable
to fix corrupt certificates with unknown and unsigned certificate extensions. Default (built-in admin) replaced by Defaultuser. Paths changed on any owner created admin accounts which no longer have any admin privileges despite still being named as admin.
Attributes changed on Library files so documents saved and pusic ripped cannot be accessed. Rollback option on drivers also all changed immed. after start up 1st time. Disk Management loses ability to format or save info on USB devices which are converted
to RAW format. Thrice weekly reset of system does nothing but allow brief window of usage.
Network settings corrupted and based on description believe DNS cache to be poisoned. Tried using sysinternal accesschk but log shows for less than 1 second & disappears. Procmgr shows huge amounts of svchost programs running simultaneously. Though my
guess is that both machine and network corrupted, probably 1 primary and rest result of ports left open by 1st so ... Read more

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Frustrated with admin rights - Please help me.

Just purchased new PC - HP Pavilion desktop and upgraded to Windows 10 during installation. I've downloaded Google Chrome as my default search engine with no issues. I've attempted several times to download Google Earth. Download fails: "Google Earth needs administrator privileges to install."

I am the only user on this PC and User Account type indicates that I'm the "Administrator".

Why won't Google Earth install?

A:Google Earth won't install - admin privileges required (I am admin)

Hello and welcome!

Sometimes you have to run the installation file and deliberately make it "Run as Administrator" by right clicking on the downloaded file and selecting this option. Not sure if this is the case with Google Earth but worth a try.

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Hello,

I've just cleaned up a massive malware infection on my grandson's computer (HP Pavilion notebook) and upgraded it to Win 10 from its native Win 8. His account is a standard user vs admin. Everything's working fine. EXCEPT, he plays an online game which requires an admin password to boot. What I'm trying to do is create access to the program without having to log him in every time. The command I'm trying to implement is:

runas /user:ComputerName\Username /savecred "C:\path\to\file.exe"

Of course I swapped out the real computer name and user name, and I've tried working with the existing shortcut pinned to the taskbar, so I know I've got the correct file path. I've also tried creating a brand new shortcut, but I can't get the program to boot. Perhaps Win 10 doesn't allow a runas command for a standard user.

Is there another way - that isn't too complicated - to do this?

A:shortcut w/admin privileges for standard user

Hello 3point1,

You would need to use the credentials of the built-in Administrator account instead for that command to work.

Elevated Program Shortcut - Create for Standard User - Windows 7 Help Forums

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I have an admin acct that doesn't seem to have privileges. One issue is that I'm unable to create a user acct (specified acct name not valid, cannot contain the following characters: |[]”:;|<>+=,?*)
The new user name contains no such characters.

So I enabled the hidden admin acct, which seems to have privileges, but gets the same error when trying to create a new acct.

various virus, malware and rootkit detection utilities don't find anything. Outside of the admin issues and account creation, the system runs fine.

This system is a Dell XPS 410, upgraded to win 7 Pro x64 SP1 from XP (before I obtained it).

Any ideas appreciated.

Thanks!

A:Admin has no privileges, cannot create user account

I'm checking into profile issues...System Properties\Advanced|User Profile settings shows the users in the below image.

All seems well except for the Account Unknown. I guess #1 is the hidden admin account, #'s 2 & 3 are the named user accts.

There was an account named updatususer. Research shows that this is an nvidea update service account. I removed it from the admin account (still can't create a new user).

in a cmd window, 'net user' returns only users #2 & #3. User #3 is the local admin account without privileges.

Any ideas as to what the Account Unknown user could be (if it's even pertinent to the issue)? I thought it might be the guest account, but it's not turned on.

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I'm setting up a new Dell Vostro 1014 with Windows 7 Professional 32bit preinstalled. I was able to connect it to my company's domain and log in as the domain admin.

I logged in as this computer admin and went to users accounts. I added the domain user there and they are part of the administrator group.
I clicked on the advanced tab up top and went to "advanced user management". I clicked groups and opened up "administrators". I added "domain admins", "domain users" and "domain\saleslaptop2" (the actual user).

I did the same by logging in as the domain admin.

I couldn't add a new folder for hijackthis in "program files" without getting an error. I can't add a folder in "c/users/saleslaptop2"

I found this thread: Domain users and the super admin account
and tried:
cmd,
gpupdate /force

I still have the issues. I couldn't install the accounting software by double clicking on the setup.exe on the network folder like I normally do. I had to right click and "run as administrator". I was able to get it to run, but it took FOREVER. It normally takes 5 minutes, I had to leave it going overnight. It seemed to keep freezing and took a long time when installing .net 1.1 (for my accounting software).

I can't seem to get the domain user to have administrative privileges. It went so smooth when I upgrade my Vostro 1500 from Win XP to WIn 7 Pro 32bit.

Any suggestions?

A:No admin privileges when logged in as a domain user

Since you are on a domain, are you enforcing group policy ? You are making the user account a Local administrator on this computer, but not a Domain Administrator. Group policy will keep this user account from doing some things if the account is just a domain user. I assume that this user will not normally be a domain administrator, is that correct ? In Active Directory on the server, open Active Directory Users and Groups and see what domain groups does this user account belong to ? You may have to temporarily add this user account to one or more administrative groups in AD for this user account to do all the things you want it to be able to do. Try adding this user to the Domain Admins and the Group Policy Creator / Owners groups on the server, then go to the PC and log in as the user. You may need to log in twice before the elevated permissions show up. When done, be sure to remove this user account from the administrative groups in AD.

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Guys, I've already experienced issues of not being able to complete easy installs due to "Permissions Denied." I am an Admin on my own personal PC and I'm not sure what I need to do make a permanent change for my personal user profile to not incur any more policy restrictions. Below is the simple task I attempted to schedule when I last created a Permissions Error.
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Run the following command from a command prompt once to disable hibernation: powercfg -h off
Open Task Scheduler and create a new simple task, give it a name ?Sleep?
Set the Trigger to Daily
Set the Start time to the time you want the computer to sleep, set Recur every: 1 day
Set Action to Start a program
Set the Program to: C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe
Set the Argument to: powrprof.dll,SetSuspendState 0,1,0
On the Finish page check the box to ?Open the Properties dialog for this task when I click Finish?
On the General page under Security options select ?Run whether user is logged on or not? and check ?Run with highest privileges?

A:[SOLVED] Set User to Full Admin Privileges

I see plenty of views and no reply--hmmm. I repeat this is my personal PC and I am the owner and admin. I think certain permissions may be blocked by my antivirus or some other process, or just a protection feature I didn't turn off when i set up my laptop. I need guidance on what components of Win7 would hinder my ability. This is not an attempt to hack past policy, and if i was a limited user on my home pc then obviously the options i would need to enable wouldn't be available to modify (just in case that was a reason for a lack of response). Once again, please provide guidance on a possible option i would need to check into first. Thanks.

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I'm a new convert to win7 from XP so forgive the newbie questions I have a program installed that came with my SSD hard drive by Samsung and every time I start windows I get a pop up box saying "Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?" Samsung Magician Application I click yes.

How do I make it stop notifying me on this? Under settings I lowered the bar to the 2nd notch up on the scale of "always" to "never". I can't eliminate notifications on a per application basis? I don't want to lower it to "never" because then I'll never be notified of something I might need to know.

Also... most times when I try to drag a file into another folder I get a pop up saying I need Administrator privileges to do this and I click "continue" but it does it anyway. When I installed windows I think I set myself as Administrator so I don't understand why it keeps telling me this but still performs the action.
 

A:User Account Control Notification and Admin Privileges

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I'm going to let a technician have my Windows 7 64bit PC in order to do clone the HDD to a SSD and then replace the HDD with the SSD. I think the techn wants an admin level account. I am concerned that (s)he not gain access to confidential files etc that would be available to me were I logged in. Is there a way to let the tech have admin access (s)he wants w/o having to be concerned about the privacy of the info on it? Can you create an admin level account which deprives its user from gaining access to files on a certain directory under c:\users

A:granting another user access to an account with 'admin' privileges

Acerman why don't you clone the drive yourself it is really not that hard with Macrium Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

See my pic it shows the process but remember the drive you clone to has to be as large or larger than the drive you are cloning from.

There is a way of dragging and dropping the partitions into a smaller drive but it is not reliable enough for me.

The alternative is to image your drive slip a new one in - install the system using this
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 and then use the image to get back your data. As you seem to be concerned that you have data that you do not want to be copied or whatever. That is so easy if you know how and I can and I am not a techie so the shop bloke would be more than capable of doing that.

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I installed a few programs last night and I lost all my admin privileges.

I'm using an account that has admin rights, and yet these happened:
- run button in the start menu has disappeared.
- turn off button has also disappeared; I can only log off
- I cannot run the task manager when I press ctrl-alt-del
- some sys tray applications stopped being started up with the windows (skype, msn messenger, icq, adobe lightroom, daemontools)
- when I load Adobe Photoshop CS2, I get this message that says "You are not allowed to continue because your account does not have administrator privileges".
- I'm sure there're more things waiting to be discovered.

But the thing is, my account has admin status!

I've run adaware to clear out all spyware already. I'm attaching a HijackThis log; can anyone help see what's wrong?
Code:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:35:46 PM, on 8/3/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
E:\Win95\Utilities\Microsoft Activesync\wcescomm.exe
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A:Admin account lost admin privileges!

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So, for the second time this month, a Windows Update has basically killed my machine.

As I was going to bed at 0230GMT, WindowsUpdate started an auto-install and rebooted my machine.
As I logged into the Admin-level account normally, it appears to stop loading any of my programs - firewall, AV, email, everything.
Volume appears, and that's it.

I click my browser icon on the jump bar, and it popsup an alert box that says :

"Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

I get this on everything : command prompt window, Games on non-boot drive, Windows utilities/programs themselves.

Funnily enough, although "Run as Admin" on my browsers doesn't work, using the "Run Safer" option through my OnlineArmor firewall/program guard does allow a browser to run. But not anything else. And not as with Admin Privileges.

Bloody annoying!
I can't uninstall anything.
"Last Known Good Configuration" and "Safe Mode" does nothing for this problem. There's no way to access "System Restore", so even if there is a restore point (which there should be - I made one after reinstalling at beginning of the month, the last time this happened), I can't use it.

The "Shut Down" button on the Start Menu constantly tells me to click it for the update process again....5 times or so, and it's still there.

I can access My Computer through Start Menu, and move... Read more

A:WinUpdate made Admin act as no admin privileges available?

Addendum :

Managed to create a new Admin-level user.
No go. Same problem. Will not run anything - not enough permissions?!

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Hi.

The main (and only account) I have been using since the first beta came out had administrator privileges.

Today when I booted up I noticed that my account could no longer do things that are associated with an admin account, such as installing certain programs and writing to certain folders.

I created another account with admin rights and that account has the exact same problem. I tried removing the admin status on my account and putting it back on but that did not work.

Anyone else have this problem or have any advice on how to get my account seen as an admin account?

A:Admin acount no longer has admin privileges?

Hello iroden.

Check out my recent other post for a similar matter
NewSID.exe HELP!!!!!!!!!

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Hi,
I have been looking for this answer for 2 days and can not find anyone who has had similair problem.

THere are 2 accounts Administrator and Kenmystro/administrator. I have the password for both and can access both. win 7 Ultimate Hp8510.
I have already selected all user permissions and taken ownership in every box I could find for Kenmystro/admin. the UAC is at minimum and the security centre is off. Run as admin on right click does not help.
It does not matter which of the 2 accounts I log into when I try install certain HP software(Maintenance
& some drivers) it says I do not have admin privileges.

This is driving me nuts can anyone help??
 

A:admin account and user admin still no admin privilages

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Computer at work does not allow administrator priveleges. System recovery tab also missing. Privileges still not accepted in safe mode. Computer has problems with missing files upon start.

Thanks for any help.

Richard

A:No Admin privileges with Admin accounts.

Your work has most likely blocked administrator privileges.

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Hello most excellent group!

My friend across the country got an XP pro box as a gift, and I cannot get admin privileges.
I just wanted to create a new account for him with admin privs, but when logged in as administrator,
the interface is not there to create a new account (behaving like a user account).

I do not know the history of this PC, but I think there have been security restrictions put onto the admin account.

Is there an easy way to restore the default security policy in XP? Or at least a way to remove the restriction on account creation with privs?

This is a new one on me.

It's easy to tell me to re-install, but he is a fairly inexperienced user who can't handle that, and he's 3000 miles away.

Any clues out there?

I was gonne A:B the local users and groups settings with my pc, and review security policies too.
Not sure where to find these controls. I just want it to behave like a normal XP pro box admin account.

A:Admin acct has no admin privileges XP pro

There should be an admin account with full rights that was created when Windows was installed but it is usually only available when booting into safe mode. When safe mode starts, he should see an admin account and his account. Have him select admin and then go to control panel, user accounts. There he should be able to set up accounts and change the rights on existing accounts

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Hi guys when my pc gets to the first screen where you choose your account my admin account has changed from my name to 'Other user' and when I click on it it asks for a username and password. Also trying to access files from the admin account when it prompts me with a password I enter it and the dialogue box goes away as if it has accepted the password but does not let me access the files. Any help appreciated thanks.

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I have created two new user accounts. The first I set up as a standard account, logged on, did a few things, then logged off, logged on as my administrator account and editted the account to be an administrator. When I log back on as this account, it appears that the user still does not have administrator privileges even though under the user it says "Administrator". For example, the UAC control does not appear when you click on "Change User Account Control Settings". Also, trying to install software where the installer asks for admin privileges fails. However, the second account created started as an adminstrator account and exhibits neither of these problems.

I just haven't seen anything in posts about this and wonder what the difference is and if there is anything that "second class" administrator user can do to become a "first class" administrator.

A:New admin user acting differently than standard user changed to admin

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For example, the UAC control does not appear when you click on "Change User Account Control Settings". Also, trying to install software where the installer asks for admin privileges fails.


Does UAC control display a confirmation question? this is the case for administrator accounts
Does UAC control ask for username/password? This is the case for standard accounts
Change the account back (just for testing) to standard account. Does it ask for username/password when changing system settings?
system built-in admin account has admin rights always
manually made account with admin rights has only admin rights after you allow it in the UAC control popup.
manually made account without admin rights has only admin rights after you allow it in the UAC control popup (enter a admin's username and password).
That's how it should work

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Thank you!

I am admin ( WIN 7 Pro 64 computer 4 years old): In admin user default account, any and ALL open, and .exe functions denied.

CMD right click 'run as admin' (net user admin etc.) has no effect. Checking all folders I show FULL permission. Right click 'run as admin' has no effect on any file.

Created new USER with ADMIN functions and all works in that account.

Q: How can I trouble shoot my normal ADMIN account (it has all of my 1000s of folders, programs etc.)
Q: Or how can I transfer all of my doc to my new user internally? (Without backup to external drive etc)

This happened after a Microsoft standard update weeks ago. I tried restore, but restore fails. By now I have done much on the computer and restore not an option.
I have not been able to open or run any program files.

Any help I would be grateful!

TF

A:Admin User Error5. CMD solutions failed. New User with ADMIN works

Wow. 2 days and not a single suggestion or reply?

Is this a really a simple common error? Is that why no replies? Or is there no help for it?

I searched the forums for hours over 2 days reading multiple posts and possible solutions and came up empty. Nothing applicable to my situation.

I have tried:
1. System restore. It always fails, even in SAFE mode or REPAIR mode.
2. Run as administrator (Both from right click and from CMD)
3. Sharing all folders (Although this ADMIN account has all privileges/permissions as it is anyway)
This created a 2nd ADMIN account. Don't know why.
4. Reset all privileges back to default settings.

Have not tried to re-install windows as I don't have a copy of Win 7. Plus I would like to avoid the reality of reinstalling so many programs and files.

Right now when the Original Admin user tries to run a .exe, I get a "Setup was unable to create the directory "...etc..." Error 5 access denied.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. It would at least get me moving trying some things. Thank you.

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Hello All,
I'm delighted to have found you and after a long day of trying to help myself i am now requiring your much appreciated assistance please! I'm not a techy person at all and am hoping someone can help
Last week my husband purchased a new hp laptop which came with Windows 10
On setup i used my microsoft account to login with a pin, the account was setup as administrator (thinking i could change things later)
About 2 days later i added a standard user account for my husband with a microsoft account login with pin.
I wanted to make his the administrator account but thought i had better change mine to a standard account first! My mistake!!
Now i cannot change anything! i have tried to use the cmd prompt to run as administrator - it asks for administrator permission and does not allow me to enter a password or yes!
I have tried all suggestions to enable the hidden windows 10 account but all ask for the same permission.
I have tried to go to setup, recovery, troubleshoot, advanced option, system restore - it requests an administrator password and when i entered what i thought is mine it does not work! Feeling a little
Does anybody know anyway i can go back in time to start again or how do i access administrator rights as i really need to add programs etc
Thank you for any help given

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For a long time I've had much difficulty understanding the exact difference between the computer administrator and a user whose type is administrator. On my system there are two administrators - one known as "Administrator" and another with my name, Gary or Gary and Susan. Each administrator has their own profile. I used Windows 7 Professional.

The distinction doesn't matter to system operation in general. With MS Office Professional, however, it does. When I start MS Word or MS Excel as myself, for example, it won't let me access the help files. When I try to, a message states "There is a problem with one or more installed help files. Please repair your office installation and try again." I ran the repair program successfully, but as myself I can't access the help files. When I log in as user "administrator", I can but the access is limited. I can also access all features of the program in safe mode. Yet when I log in as myself I can only access the help files if I run the program as an administrator. This perplexes me because my user type is administrator. This problem has occurred with other programs from time to time.

Would someone please help me understand this, and is there a workaround? I can set the privilege level to administrator which will permit me unrestricted access to the help files, but then a dialog box appears every time I start the program, which I'd prefer to not see.

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For a long time I've had much difficulty understanding the exact difference between the computer administrator and a user whose type is administrator. On my system there are two administrators - one known as "Administrator" and another with my name, Gary or Gary and Susan. Each administrator has their own profile. I used Windows 7 Professional.

The distinction doesn't matter to system operation in general. With MS Office Professional, however, it does. When I start MS Word or MS Excel as myself, for example, it won't let me access the help files. When I try to, a message states "There is a problem with one or more installed help files. Please repair your office installation and try again." I ran the repair program successfully, but as myself I can't access the help files. When I log in as user "administrator", I can but the access is limited. I can also access all features of the program in safe mode. Yet when I log in as myself I can only access the help files if I run the program as an administrator. This perplexes me because my user type is administrator. This problem has occurred with other programs from time to time.

Would someone please help me understand this, and is there a workaround? I can set the privilege level to administrator which will permit me unrestricted access to the help files, but then a dialog box appears every time I start the program, which I'd prefer to not see.

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I'm having some issues with my upgrade to win 10.

Programs that need elevated access are now asking me for both the Sys Admin and my local admin password.

Of course, the sys admin has no password and my local admin does. So no matter what I do, I get it wrong.

Earlier today, I was trying to reset the tiles in my start menu to default.

I followed directions I found on the web, activated the sys admin account, went to the sys admin account, the users app data tabletray..... But I kept getting the error that something " was already in use" and I couldn't copy all the files.
I went ahead and pasted what I had in my local admin and standard user account.
then I disabled the sys admin account.

Now, some programs icons I installed earlier today have disappeared. I have to go to an admin account to gain access and turn them on (MSI afterburner.....). And any program that needs admin access, I'm not sure if I'm giving it access or it's just starting without admin access. Seems like the next time I re-boot or log off, I have to do it all over again.

when a program asks for elevated access, it shows sys admin account AND local admin account above the password box. Is that normal? I could have sworn it only had my local admin account listed before.

If I have to re-install, where do I get the free win10 upgrade again? are those files saved on my pc?

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So i came across something very troubling on my computer recently. I am not much of a tech wizard but i think this picture should give a bit of info(okay sorry no pic). Basically the pic was an image of my last windows update which was mid june, and the
last check for one which was in early july. I would normally spring on that but i don't have administrator privileges for some reason.
I did try to create another account to see if that worked but it didn't, but i still for some reason have the ability to give other accounts admin privileges.
I am the system admin by the way, not part of a network or anything this is my personal computer. I also built it so i don't really have much manufacturing info....
I find this really weird because i can use basically all the admin tools, i just can't update my computer from what it seems.
I get the feeling i have been hacked, i would restore my computer but i can only restore to about a week ago. Which is to my last driver update.

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So: I've had a recurring issue with Windows 7 that has only come to the forefront once again due to a need to upgrade Flash and finding I cannot delete a core file or do a fresh install of flash because it cannot write over said file. So. Let's get to business with the heart of the problem.

I'm on a custom built Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit OS machine. My primary account as admin privileges when the user data is brought up on mmc. I have attempted to run the installation as well as delete the offending file (Windows/SysWOW64/Macromed/Flash/NPSWF32.dll) on both the default administrator account and on my primary account. In both occasions, it has stated that I do not have administrator privileges and need to login to the administrator account.

Obviously, being done from the administrator account, this doesn't make the tiniest bit of sense. Nor does the fact that flash is working on Chrome, but not on Firefox. But let's not get into that for now.

So: computer gurus who know more than I: how do I solve this issue of not having administrator privileges on the administrator account? I'm not sure if I included all the information you might need, and I'm happy to provide more. Just ask away.

Edit:

I believe it's relevant to mention that I use PCTools antivirus protection, though I disabled IntelliGuard and the Computer Immunization while attempting this. No apparent effect on the administrator privileges though. Also, no viruses found in a complete system scan.

A:No Admin Privileges as Admin

Try uninstalling flash first using THIS uninstaller (from http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/141/tn_14157.html).

If that doesn't work still, try deleting the offending file by doing the following, in order, on an administrative command prompt

Code:

takeown "<drive>:/Windows/SysWOW64/Macromed/Flash/NPSWF32.dll" /f %1 /r /d y

Code:


icacls "<drive>:/Windows/SysWOW64/Macromed/Flash/NPSWF32.dll" /grant administrators:F /t

Code:
del /p /f "<drive>:/Windows/SysWOW64/Macromed/Flash/NPSWF32.dll"

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I can't delete a file from the desktop. When I try, it says to get the rights from the specified admin user (which I'm logged on). The strange thing is that I still can create other users from this account (including admins).

Any suggestion on what to do?

A:admin user lost some admin rights

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Witch


I can't delete a file from the desktop. When I try, it says to get the rights from the specified admin user (which I'm logged on). The strange thing is that I still can create other users from this account (including admins).

Any suggestion on what to do?


Whats the name of the file?
Have you tried deleting it in safe mode?

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My problem is that even though I have only one user account defined on my machine and it is set to "Administrator" it is not being allowed to do admin types of things like deleting folders. I tried to create a user group but that's not an option on the Win7 Home Premium version that I use. How can it be that the sole account is not the admin even though it shows that it is in the account user setup?
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2

OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU M 370 @ 2.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3890 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1721 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 476837 MB, Free - 424790 MB; E: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 381321 MB;
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, NALAA
Antivirus: Lavasoft Ad-Aware, Disabled Microsoft Security Essentials in use
 

A:Admin user has no admin rights?

the actual admin account is hidden and disabled for security reasons,your referring to a account with admin privileges

go into properties for the drive and click on the security tab and check the permissions are enabled for your account
 

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Hi, and thank you in advance for any help you can give me.

I am running Vista Home Premium, Service Pack 1.

1. Most recently I tried to run some online scans (HouseCall and BitDefender.) Housecall did not complete, and BitDefender says I don't have admin privileges. (I do. I thought. I am the only user on my pc, and I have two profiles--one with admin privileges and one without, which I usually use to surf the web.)
2. When I use HiJack, I am told my system denied write access to my hosts file, even after I followed the directions regarding deleting the host it showed originally. Since doing that, a hosts file shows up in the notepad, but not in the app where I can fix it. (Maybe it's actually okay; I don't know.)
3. I use CCleaner regularly; I have AVAST.

Again, thank you for your time. Let me know if you need any more information. I realize there are probably other things wrong, but this is what I have noticed.

A:Help re: admin privileges

I think you might run your browswer as admin in order to be able to complete those online scans successfully. Have you tried that yet?
Have you run HiJack This as admin?

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I need to install a software but when I click the file the UAC comes out and asks the usual questions. What I find weird is it does not give me the option to click YES. Only the NO button shows up. I checked and it seems that I am logged in as a local account. I tired everything but can't figure out to change the account type or log-in as admin. Only resort is to back up and do a restore PC but even the backup won;t let me go past the UAC.
Any help will be much appreciate.d

A:Need help with Admin privileges

You cannot log in as an real admin. If UAC is not letting you past, there there is something wrong with the software or third party security software you may have installed. Where did you get this software and what is the name of it?

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I got a free computer via a local "Help" disability program (yeah me!) However, things are very different on this system (Win 7) than my old one (I have background from DOS 3.1 - Win XP). I don't know if I'm looking at Win 7 issues or something the computer providers set up (will call when I see replies to this post).

Although I am, as best I can tell, the Admin., several folders are not accessible to me (such as C:\Documents and Settings or C:\Users\All Users).

Do you folks believe that there is an Admin. setting that I fail to see or is it possible that my computer providers made some sort of master Admin. control setting?

Thanks!
Rick

A:Admin. Privileges?

Welcome to the forum.

In Windows 7, Documents and Settings as well as several others in that folder are not real folders, they are Junctions that are there to allow legacy programs to interface to Windows 7's folder structure.

Windows 7 uses C:\Users\*your user name*\Documents and C:\Users\*your user name*\Appdata
(Appdata is a hidden folder) to accomplish what Documents and Settings did in XP.

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hi im trying to copy and paste a file but when i try and paste it i get the you need admin privileges but i am the admin, i have turned off the UAC and ive done the take ownership thing, in fact i think i downloaded something so ive always got the take ownership option in the folder options
but it still wont let me do it, is there a higher level of admin like super admin?

A:admin privileges

Open the security tab after right clicking on file or folder and choosing properties. Give your unique account permission by adding it. You have to actually type it and then check boxes too.

Edit | Add

Then type.

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Although I bought this computer new w/ XP installed and set up the original user accounts and have been able to add/remove accounts, I have had reason to wonder if I am recoginzed and the adminstrator.

I don't tend to interface with the computer at the OS level very often. I am trying to install some software that tells me that I need admin privileges and I'm having trouble installing the software, making me wonder if this might be the problem

Where do I even look for that kind of thing?
 

A:how to tell if I have admin privileges in XP

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I purchased a new Alienware computer 2 weeks ago and a couple days ago I noticed I couldn't access my Pictures folder. I also noticed I couldn't do any Admin tasks. I can't open task manager, Open any exe. files and when I right click on C drive I get Access is denied. I don't believe I've made any changes so not sure what went wrong. I could make changes and install programs prior.
Any help would be appreciative.
Thanks Dave

A:No Admin privileges.

Since you bought it brand new and it is under warranty, suggest that you take it back for refund or exchange without delay.

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I already looked for an answer over at sourceforge to no avail. When i right click on a file and select extract here under 7-zip's context menu, I get an error saying I need elevated privileges.  I have already set 7 zip file manager and 7zips CLI and set them both to use admin privilges in compatibility mode.  I think the error is in shell and shellex context handlers of windows 8. I am using an admin account, I have looked through the registry values, at and through all 7-zip entries I don't know what the error could be besides file and folder permissions does anyone know how to solve this or have any suggestions?  I think i might have to look through HKCR>> some more though, I've only checked the HKCR>>* I'm not as familiar with that hive..
 
Things I've tried:
-Looked through of HKCU >>software>>Microsoft>>windows>>cur ver.>>policies>>explorer
-Looked through permissions and entries 7-zip reg entries
-Uninstalled, and reinstalled
-Changed ownership of 7-zip and all child object to myself
-Checked privilges of user account
-
 
 

A:7-zip admin privileges?

 Here are the steps to modify ownership and permissions of folders and files:
  1.       Right-click the file or folder, click Properties, and then click the Security tab.
  2.       Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab.
  3.       Click Edit, and then do one of the following:
 ·         To change the owner to a user or group that is not listed, click Other users and groups and, inEnter the object name to select (examples), type the name of the user or group, and then click OK.
  ·         To change the owner to a user or group that is listed, in the Change owner to box, click the new owner.
  4.       If you want to take ownership of the contents of the folder, select the Replace owner on sub containers and objects check box.
  5.       Click OK, and then click Yes when you receive the following message:
          You do not have permission to read the contents of directory folder name. Do you want to replace the directory permissions with permissions granting you Full Control?
          All permissions will be replaced ... Read more

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On my personal computer my account is the Administrator but whenever I attempt to update windows or check for updates, it only says that "Some settings are managed by your system administrator", and it keeps me from changing the setting, I have
tried running the control panel as administrator but the same thing keeps appearing. Can someone please help me I am running on Windows 8.1. 

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I was trying to install a video game called Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst on my computer. It couldn't install 2 executable's saying access was denied. I have it installed on my win7 laptop so I thought I would just copy the files. Once it got near the end it said I need administrative privileges for the exact same 2 files. I tried doing the "Take Ownership" but that didnt do anything. All my PC info is in my profile, and if you need any more info just ask.

Thanks in advance,
Keith

PS. Added picture of me trying to extract 2 DIFFERENT executables from Winrar (files completely unrelated to the video game)

A:Saying I don't have admin privileges...

If you are running as admin, right click on the .exe and select run as admin. If that doesn't work, select troubleshoot compatibility.

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I am trying to download Adobe Digital Editions and I keep receiving the error message

Unable to elevate to administrative rights, error 786

I am the admin! I have turned off the password, I have right clicked on the program and chosen 'run as admin'-then nothing happens.
Any help would be appreciated

A:"Unable to elevate to admin rights" error, when admin user

Try this:




Quote:
SOLUTION: download the setup.exe for ADE, not using the flash install version.

Before you run it, right click on it and check "run as administrator" under the compatability tab. Also under the general tab I clicked on "unblock," which might have made a difference.


From a similar issue: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/953278?tstart=0

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OK I have no idea what happened.. I think windows security **** updated itself over night and spacked up my norton antivirus or something, cos that isnt there anymore, my internet security is but its being a little unresponsive.. next time i turned computer off and put it back on my usual profile is now apparently not the administrator, even though in user accounts it says it is.

I have reinstalled Norton and it says its totally working fine now..

Problems:
My startup programs wont load on startup anymore, I only get te printer and the sound thing.
I get no TURN OFF button
I cannot get to the TASK MANAGER
I dont have a RUN button
I cannot REGEDIT
ANYONE got any idea?

I made a new administrative account and that one works fine, I cant see why this one is going mental

Im running Windows XP, Media Center Edition, Version 2002. Service Pack 2


HIJACKTHIS log

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 21:18:29, on 28/01/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\AppCore\AppSvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
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A:Loss of SOME admin privileges

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Something has happened to our desktop.  Kaspersky has been unable to update databases; sent them a message and have attempted all steps they suggested but am unable to run anything.  Am not able to run or access anything as admin.  There latest email stated to send them screen shots of everything (have attached them)  Computer will not allow me to see users or change users.  Not sure what's going on.  Estimated to be having the problem for the past 2-3 weeks; coincidentally around the time Internet Explorer completely stopped working.

A:Admin privileges disappeared.....

try safe mode to access admin with  total permissions  In safe mode you shpold be able to fix your problems
 
cmd in windows does not give full access permissions for some system access
 
make sure you have I.E. eleven installed down/load a new copy and install if necessary

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WHY, PLEEZE tell me why, Win7 completely ignores the fact that I have Admin Privileges when I try to Stop Services, or do things that require Admin Priv's? I have the restrictions set at ZERO, or (DON'T BOTHER ME WITH MSGS).

A:How To REALLY Access Admin Privileges

You should have a look at the: Windows 7 Tutorials Quick Reference Index

Beginning from the letter "A" you'll find all related to Administrative tools & Administrator account, plus the related tutorials at bottom of each.

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Is this possible? We have about 100 remote users who access our office network via VPN rather than RAS. All of these users are running either W2K or XP.

Our problem is that the internet settings on these laptops have been set (purposely) to automatically download updates from the Win Updates site. This bit works fine! But these updates cannot be installed as the users do not have administrator permissions on their local machine.

Is there a way of allowing these updates to install without giving the users full admin rights? (We REALLY don't want to give them these rights as suffice it to say that some of them are not as computer savvy as we would like.)

I have heard a little birdy say that there is a registry update which can bypass the above problem, but how and where?

Any advice on this will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks muchly.
 

A:Win Updates with no admin privileges

Have a read of this Winguides article Manage Automatic Windows Updates

See if that is any use to you
 

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I left on vacation over the past weekend. Upon my arrival home, I went to my computer to check my mail. I noticed a second account but thought nothing of it on the log-in screen. Later, as I am trying to update my programs such as iTunes, I come to find out that my administrator privileges are gone. My roommate has confessed to changing adding an administrator account and demoting my account. However, the password he set was from a random password generator and is only recorded in a text file on the desktop of the admin account. How do I regain my administrative privileges on the computer and delete the other account?

I have an HP Pavillion p7-1207c.
I have tried restoring the system from a backup, but that requires an admin's permission.
All help is gladly accepted.

A:How do I regain Admin privileges?

Not a smart guy... that roommate of yours!

User Account Password - Change from WinRE

In step 7 do:

Code:
net user name_of_admin_account *
Now give the name_of_admin_account a new password so you can logon. Now you can give the other acount admin priviliges. You can delete the name_of_admin_account when logged on as admin account. Step 8 to 13 aren't needed of course

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Hello.

I'm trying to inject an DLL with an old program, which worked fine before I re-installed. My old setup was Windows XP Pro Service Pack 2 + All updates.

My current setup is the same, Windows XP Pro with Service Pack 2 and all updates available through Windows Update. (except sp3)

However, it doesn't work. I think it's a privileges issue. My user account is "Administrator" and a part of the "Administrators" group. I've also enabled the "Debug Programs" privileges on my account, even though it's already on by default for administrators.

It fails on this function:

GetWindowThreadProcessId()

It just returns 0. Even though the HWND i'm passing to it is correct (checked, 100 times.)

any suggestions?

A:Admin privileges issue?

Hello and welcome to the forum,

What DLL and what is the program your trying to inject the DLL to?

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when i click on soemthing that needs admin privileges it does not ask me for my password to confirm it how do i change things i have windows 8.1
 

A:Admin privileges problem

Some areas the user can NOT make changes.
What changes are you trying to make?
 

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Hello! As the title says I can't do anything that requires admin privileges on my computer whether it's running a program as admin or deactivting my firewall/antivirus etc etc. Whenever I try to deactivate my firewall/antivirus nothing happens, and when I try to run a program as admin I end up with a window giving me an error message (I'll add a picture of it). So if anyone has got a clue on how to fix this then please help me, I would appreciate it so much!
 
EDIT: It's exactly the same error for every program that I try to run. The only thing that isn't the same is the file path shown, it shows the program that I'm trying to run.

A:Can't do anything that requires admin privileges!

Hi Joelmosen First of all, I want to give you a warning about one program you have on your desktop, ComboFix. ComboFix is a very powerful reporting and scripting tool that was developped by sUBs, used by members of the malware removal team here on BleepingComputer (and also on other forums). This tool can easily break a Windows installation if poorly and/or wrongly used. It can make the whole system unbootable and also delete everything present on your drives (leaving you with close to no chance of recovery) or damage your Windows installation so badly that you would be forced to reinstall it. Therefore, you should not be using ComboFix unless you are in one of the two situation listed below:You have been trained in an online malware removal forum to use ComboFix;You are using it under the supervision and instructions of a trained malware removal professional on BleepingComputer or another recognized malware removal forum (UNITE forums for example);If you already ran ComboFix on your system and need assistance with the log, you will have to post a thread in the Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs section of BleepingComputer, where a trained helper will assist you.If you have any questions or concerns about ComboFix, quietman7 wrote a FAQ on it and you'll find all your answers in it.ComboFix usage, Questions, Help? - Look hereAlso be aware that BleepingComputer doesn't provide any advice on how to use ComboFix on your own, due to the nature of the tool and how dan... Read more

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Hi

I seem to have lost admin rights/privileges on my account, even though it says i am an admin. I can't use windows update because of the following message. UAC is off.


I created another account and swapped admin privileges to that, and everything was ok, but as soon as i swap the privileges back to my original account, i get various 'this action requires admin rights' etc etc

I'm confused. I don't want to keep logging into another admin account just so i can use windows update.

I've tried this, but it said it couldn't fix all the problems. What can i try next folks?

Cheers

A:Lost Admin Privileges

Just set up a new account. Give yourself privileges for the software in the first account. Make that the new account. The first account is corrupt

You can try this, too.
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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Nice work Microsoft! I just turned on my computer to find that my admin rights have been stripped from my user account. It's weird, I'm the only user of this computer and its a personal laptop.- Running Windows Vista on a 32bit HP DV5 Laptop- I can't access Task Manager from Ctrl+Alt+Del- Cannot enter Run -> Regedit as it returns a "Regediting has been disabled by your Administrator"Also there's this weird message below my Run command box:Any help?PS: UAC was turned off ages ago and similar problems went away. It's still turned off - no idea what's going on

A:Just lost all admin privileges..

Looks like a malware attack, this will Re-enable (http://www.raymond.cc/forum/general-forum/12672-re-enable-project-ideas-and-suggestions.html) but you need to AV scan to get rid of it.http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/

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