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Windows 10 admin user can't access some files

Q: Windows 10 admin user can't access some files

Many complaints about Msft's jumbled handling of user accounts, but none of the fixes I found work.
Files in a folder on an external hard drive give an access denied error - you must be an admin to access. Only one account on the pc and it's an admin enabled account. Other files in this directory on the hard drive open fine, and the folder has never had
different permissions applied so it's ridiculous that I can't access these files.
One thing to note is I do get a "Windows needs to be activated" alert when I look at the admin account dialog. The only option given there is to sign into a Msft account which I don't want to do nor should I have to. Windows is clearly activated
and working fine and the need to link to a Msft account is just Msft marketing bullcr*p.
I only use this pc for music so if this can't be fixed easily I'll just install Linux and be done with Windows. I've already wasted far too much time going down Msft's rabbit holes.

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I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate - and I've noticed that from a secondary standard account, users can access the admin's files (my files) from simply going into C:/users/xxx... or by accessing them from windows search.

I want to prevent this from happening - I've tried preventing access to my user folder, but it is still accessible from another account. Scouring Google hasn't brought me results either Can anyone help resolve this problem?

A:Standard User Can Access Admin's Files

have you given admin rights to the User account in qestion?

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Hello,my apologies if this was already discussed but I searched the forum and couldn't find anything.

As the title states,on my laptop, vista erased files in my user profile while the 2 other user profiles (my gf's and the guest profiles) were basically left untouched.
I use an HP dv6500 series with Vista Ultimate, 2gb ram,160gb hd and 2.0 ghz if that helps.

For starters, let me tell you what happened.As of late I have been using the Power saver option( so that the screen brightness is dulled so that I can use it in the dark when everyone's asleep) as well as the High performance option when my gf uses it (shes addicted to the sims3 and has pulled me in too ). Normally I have it on the HP recommended option.

A few nights ago I was using my laptop and instead of shutting down I hibernated as I usually do because my gf is usually still logged in. The next morning my gf started up the laptop, and the password screen for my profile came up and she switched users and logged into hers. Then later she hibernated as well, and we left to run some errands with a friend.

When we got back my friend wanted to use the laptop to play online chess(yahoo games to be exact) so I just put in my password to log into my profile so he could play without any issues if he needed to (since my profile is the administrator he wouldnt need me to put in passwords if he had to download or upgrade any software). When I came to check up on him I saw that my wallpaper, the folders on the desktop as we... Read more

A:Vista erased admin user files, other user files left relatively untouched, Help!!!!!!

hello
I don't know what, how, when or why, what I do know is while your still able you need to make another admin account.
that way (not if ) but when it happens again, it may be worse & you won't be able to do anything without admin privileges...

good luck

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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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Hi all,I hope someone might have an idea on how to proceed here. Im working in a company where the IT department is run by the 3 Stooges and hence the overall "service" is more like a free theater show when interested in wasting time.Having said that, I have my work laptop at home with full Admin Access and my own user profile. The laptop is a HP 640 G2 which was set up via fingerscan for me to log on (into the user profile). Since this laptop (which i also dislike alot for various reasons) stopped accepting the fingerscan (and subsequently fingerscan turned out to be fully broken hardware wise) Im not able to log into my User Profile. The password that has been set up for it was done once as out of requirement when we got them but never used and hence forgotten.The IT department has no clue or idea how to fix this remotely but I have the full access of the computer with admin rights, im able to go manually into my user profile folder and so on, so my question is, how can I reset the password? In theory, I should be able by going into Control Panel and User Accounts but my user profile is not on the same domain as the admin access and the userprofile is not listed within the user accounts.Admin is based on the computer domain name (like lpw1234-/admin) and my user profile is on the "office" domain, which by default required just my username with no previous domain name (like office/user).Could someone tell me how I can reset the user password for that profile?Thanks alot... Read more

A:Windows 7 Pro 64-bit - USER PASSWORD Reset - with Admin Access

Sounds to me like the entire situation is the responsibilty of the entity IT dept.  It possesses the means, at the very least, of just providing you with a system...or changing profile passwords for you.  Since this is the property of a business entity...with an IT department...it's up to them to resolve it.
 
My two cents...
 
Louis

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My friend recently bought a new Windows 8 laptop which she set up in her name and therefore has a passworded Admin account. I also partitioned the HD so that the smaller portion (C) contains the OS and the larger portion (D) is for all her files.

Since I am only using the laptop temporarily my passworded 'standard' user account is located in (C) and cannot be viewed by anybody else, however, I can view my friend's files which are now being stored in 'D'.

Is there a way to protect the files in the 'D' partition in the same manner as if all accounts were on one drive and password protected?

Tom.
 

A:Windows 8 admin/standard user access issues

It's in the NTFS permissions - - ever look / change those?
 

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I have a set of folder I encrypted from my user account. I haven't figured out how to access them from my admin account.

In reverse, while logged on my admin account, I droppped some files into folder encrypted by my user account. I can't access those files when I log on as a user.

How can I get access to all my encrypted files regardless of which logon I use?

A:Access my user account encrypted files from my admin account?

Umm...if you could access encrypted files from another user that would remove the whole point of encrypting the files to begin with.

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Hi,

Can we give the local area connection icon(which will be at the right end of the task bar) complete access to the local user which is not having admin privileges as we give some time and date permissions if required to the local user which is not having admin privileges like that.

Awaiting for the reply.
 

A:local area connection icon access - non admin user in windows

help me on this please
 

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Hi everyone,
Here is my latest Vista woe(s). (Dell Inspiron 1420, 2gbRAM, 160gb HDD, Core2duo T5450 1.66GHz, Vista Home Prem - auto update, AvastHome, Windows Defender, AVGAntispyware, RUBotted, Threatfire)

Some background:
I have 3 profiles on the machine. Admin which is my original Admin account (I've used it to install apps etc); Basic which is my everyday, non-admin profile that I use for just about everything; New Admin which is a new admin account I created for trouble shooting but it has the same problems that the original one has.

There are 2 basic issues (I'll use one particular instance as an example but it's not the only instance AND it's an intermittent issue - sometimes problem happens sometimes it doesn't. Ten minutes after this instance I downloaded and installed an app and it ran fine):

1. In my Basic profile I downloaded Skype and saved the file to my Public Downloads folder. I right-clicked "run as administrator" to try and install and got this error:

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

I tried just clicking it to run it (without "run as administrator") and got the same error.

I did some searching on the error and found some postings elsewhere but most were very old and in WinXP instead of Vista but I tried investigating the things mentioned in those posts.

- I ran the AVG scan and removal tool for the Gaelicum.A virus - it didn'... Read more

A:Problems - Admin Permissions / App Install / UAC, Admin can't access Public files

Helloooooo??? Anybody out there?

I'd really appreciate any help you can offer me.

[UPDATE] incidentally, since writing this I have been able to install a couple of other small apps (but have also run into the same problem on a couple of others).

Thanks
Buck

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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 am Arun Kumar Kushwaha and I have discovered one Big Loophole/Security Leak in Microsoft's Windows 7 Operating System worldwide.
through which we can Access/Delete/Copy/Replace Important Data without Cracking/Resetting the Login Password in Windows 7 OS
and for this we not need any 3rd party Software/ CD/ DVD/ Pen drive/ CMD/ Script/ or any other means of hacking Devices/tool.

only through Windows 7 OS we can Access anybodies Computer Around the world, and user will never get to know that his/her computer has accessed by someone else.
This is purely Microsoft's Negligence towards user's Around the world.

U can assume how much serious is this Issue, if anybody can steal confidential Important data of Company/ Govt data/ or any other Sensitive Personal data of anyone who are using windows 7 OS.

I have Talked through telephone to MS India regarding this Issue and they told me that there is no loophole in their OS and can't be accessed by anyone without having Login Password or User need to Reset login Password with tool/software available.

also i have mailed to MS Technical support Team and also asked about this issue on Windows worldwide official support forum, but not get any meaning full response from them.

I am asking this message to here, coz i want to Spread this issue around the world, so every user can secure their Data and also MS can rectify this issue by releasing an OS Update.

Thanks for reading ..

Your's Truly
Arun Kumar Kushwaha

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I'm trying to register a couple music products but can't because of file access errors. I've never had this problem until a couple weeks ago. It seems that during the authentication process, it accepts the key but cannot write the actual authentication file to the disk.

When I right click the authentication software and go to properties, it says I have full control except 'special permissions' which I don't think I had even before it WAS working. I also have the 'run as administrator' option checked. I am logged in under the only admin account so I have no idea what's causing the problem at this point. There's no programs running and using the same software at the same time. I even downloaded a program called UnLock IT which is supposed to unlock any kind of restrictions set on the file but the program says its completely 100% accessible and has no restrictions either.

I'm kind of at a standstill with this whole thing but want to use the software for my projects. Googling the software with the problem gets me nowhere either.

The two programs in question are 'Plug and Mix VIP bundle' (which I've redownloaded from their official site twice), and Positive Grid Bias Bundle (This was authenticated and working and then stopped and went into demo mode).

Help me out guys

A:File Access Errors despite being User Admin

Just wanted to add that I just tried booting into safe mode but encountered the same error.

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Prior to last week my computer was running Windows 7, the computer also has a 3TB MyBook external drive on which I ripped over 100 movies from DVD/Blue-Rays that I own (and still have). The reason for doing that was 1) so I could watch the movies on my TV without the hassle of inserting the dvd into the blue-ray player, and (2) reduce the amount of storage space (I threw away the original containers and put them in a simple DVD file).

Last week I installed a new internal hard drive and did a clean install of Windows 8. Consequently my admin account's user name was changed to be the same as my Microsoft live.com account name. Now I can't access any of the folders on MyBook without taking ownership of them one-at-a-time. That is going to be very very time consuming to do that for over 100 folders. Does anyone know of any faster way to accomplish this?

I don't know why Microsoft won't allow computer Administrator to access any folder on his computer. This is just dumb.

Thanks

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The situation gets even worse -- after taking ownership of the folders I still can't access any of the files or sub-folders. I have to do that for every folder and file, somewhere around 500 of them! I feel like just reformatting the drive and starting all over again.

A:How to let Admin access folders created by another user

You need to take the ownership AND change permissions. Respectively, it's accomplished with two commands in the elevated command prompt:

Code:
takeown /f D: /r /d y
icacls D: /grant:r UserName:F /t


In this example:
D - the letter of the drive you need to get access toUsername - your username

The commands take care of all drive folders recursively.

   Warning
Never apply these commands to the system drive.

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Hi everyone,
recently I took the trouble to convert my XP account from admin to restricted user to avoid rootkit problems etc.

It created a hell of a lot of problems of which most I could solve by myself but some not, e.g. this one:

as a backup measure I used to copy my active data by xcopy to another physical HDD . - it worked like a charm.

now the same batch says: no access rights (to the folders on my backup drive)
but I haven't changed the username (just the rights the user has) so the files should still be accessible by me or what?

how do I get access to them short of converting the drive to fat32?

thanx

-sam
 

A:Changed from Admin to limited user - no access

If this is just a local PC that is not on a network you are going way overboard. Changing the admin account to a restricted user does just that, restricts access to most areas on the compute, including certain file system access. You would be better served by changing the admin account name and giving it a strong password .
 

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Hi all,

I'm not really sure when this problem started, but as the admin account and only real user (I set up another account to test my problems) on my HP Laptop, I cannot access the user accounts on my computer. I've tried to access them multiple ways, including through the control panel and directly through the start menu, but when I try to click on anything having to do with the user accounts on my pc, nothing happens. So I am unable to change my password, change my picture, or add or remove other accounts. It's almost like I'm not an administrator. However, according to multiple places on my computer, my account is still an administrator. Also, some programs do not launch unless I chose to launch them as an admin by right clicking, is that normal?

So to summarize my situation, I don't think my admin account is giving me proper access to my computer, limiting the things I can do.

Does anyone have an idea of what has happened or how I can fix it?

Thanks,

- Sean

A:Unable to access user accounts as admin

Try this:

Open an Elevated Command Prompt
Enable the hidden Administrator account: Enter net user administrator /active:yes

Reboot and got to safe mode (press F8 during boot).
Login as Administrator (no password).

Open Control Panel, User Accounts.
Check you account and make sure it's still setup correctly.

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Hi i would like to know is it possible Run a particular program without UAC, I am in a situation where a program for datacard always prompts for UAC to allow connection to internet, It works when i log into admin account. But the program always asks for UAC when run from User account,

I tried creating a schedule task for starting the program from Admin account and created a shortcut for the program.

But when i run the shortcut from user account(standard) it says access denied,

System is Windows 8.1

any help on how to disable UAC for standard user for particular program will help a lot,

Thanks,

A:Admin access from standard user for particular program

You could probably check the properties of the datacard and select it to "always run in admin mode", like you can for software.

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After reloading Win 7 from the recovery partition I can't get access to Docs and settings , sys volume information and many more. I get messages saying; C: Documents and Settings is unavailable Access Denied, or You dont currently have permission to access this folder. Since I am the only user and the admin, could someone please tell me how to take full control of my system?
Thanks,
Bill
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 350 @ 2.27GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3893 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1722 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 446839 MB, Free - 404024 MB; D: Total - 29795 MB, Free - 4374 MB; G: Total - 30517 MB, Free - 28042 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 144C
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

HP Pavilion dv6-3225dx
 

A:Solved: Admin and only user no access to many folders

There you go Bill :- http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...ership-to-explorer-right-click-menu-in-vista/
 

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I cannot find the solution to this anywhere for months now. I've had to do a clean reinstall of my win xp HE. My old user account has dissapeared from user accounts. its still in win explorer is "documents and settings" but every time i try to access it, it says access is denied. Also tried doing so in dos, and with other various programs. I've managed to get the files from within the folder using "getdataback for ntfs".
Would appreciate it if you could help me.
 

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Unable to change User Account Control settings in Windows 7

I am unable to access my User Account Setting in Windows 7 when I click on it nothing comes up , even though I'm logged in as an administrator. When I click on "Change User Account Control Settings", absolutely nothing happens.

I am not able to access cmd as a admin.I have only one account and that is my admin account.When I click on admin cmd it open but when I right click and try to access it as a administrator nothing comes up.

I am also not able to install any new software on to my computer it show a Pop-up window user account control do you really want to allow this file to make changed on your computer I say yes and nothing happens

Can anyone please help me with this Thanks!

A:I am not able to access User Account Control on win 7 Pro using admin.

Sounds like you have lost administrator rights.
Are you sure your password is correct?

Check and see if you can go to a restore point before this happened.
It might not let you do this either.

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Hello!

I have this problem since Windows 7, i don't remember this happens on Windows XP.

I have 2 computers with Windows 8.1 installed: desktop and laptop. I am trying to access local disk drives of "desktop" from "laptop".

For example, i type in Windows Explorer "\\desktop\c$". "Windows Security" window pops up where i am typing credentials. If i specify "desktop\administrator" user and then provide correct password everything is fine, i can access disk C. But, if i type "desktop\john" and provide correct password i am getting error "Access denied". "john" is my main account, it's in "Administrators" group of "DESKTOP" computer.

If i try to access the same resource over "cmd net use" i receive error "System error 5 has occurred. Access is denied."

Why "john" can't access "DESKTOP"'s disk C over LAN?

A:Can't access disk drives over LAN, user is admin

The users in Administrative Group aren't the real administrators. See the tutorial:
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

In Vista and later the user the system sets up as a member of Administrator's Group is roughly equivalent to the old Operator's Group in NT 4. It can register/unregister ActiveX, install and remove software, but it cannot delete system files etc..

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Hello, I have a desktop running on Windows XP.

It's a long story... The fact is that somebody has put a password on my Windows User account. I thought I can still access Windows through the Admin account, but the Admin is also passworded. So I'm staring at the monitor not knowing what to do.

Is there any way I can access my desktop?... I don't want to reinstall Windows, because there's stuff on my PC that I don't want to lose.

Thank you.

A:I cannot access desktop because of admin and user password.

u can download the hirens boot cd and boot into mini xp. inside of mini xp there is many tools for repairing windows and such included in those tools is a password recovery tool. ive never used this tool ive used the hirens boot cd for repairing stuff in windows before but ive never used the password recovery options. u can try this or maby someone els knows somtihng better.

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Hi, hopefully someone will be able to point me in the right direction?

This my father's PC (my brothers hand me down).

He previously didn't need to login as a user at all, it would go straight to his desktop (wasn't even aware of any username etc).
I set up as an administrator so that I could change a file name, this worked just fine until we wanted to get to his desktop etc. It then asked for a username & password, whatever I try it doesn't want to work.

There is only one other user account listed as well as the administrator, I've tried logging in with this username with and without passwords set up from within administrator account to no avail.
All his files, desktop etc are there when I explore the hard drive as admin.

Any help would be appreciated?

A:unable to login user, I do have admin access

I don't know if this has a bearing? The account doesn't appear in user profiles? Please see attached.

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On 7/7/17 I did a system restore to a date in June 2017 after trouble shooting a problem with my email program, Thunderbird/Firefox. I don't allow automatic updates from Windows, however Microsoft did an update upon restart. I lost all of my data - documents, photos, bookmarks, pocket lists, passwords, emails, contacts, etc. I attempted to uninstall the update but Microsoft won't allow it. Every time I log on to my laptop, a temporary profile is created for Lenovo. So every setting is lost - default browser, personalizations, desktop, apps, etc. I found my original Lenovo profile hidden along with all of the data I lost. However when I attempt to open it, I receive an "Access denied" message.Help?

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Re: Access to files on windows XP professional as a normal user

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Hello, I have installed a screen saver where you can make it use a bmp file. I have installed the file on the c:\program files\logo.bmp. When you go via the screen saver properties on the desktop, and browse for the logo.bmp is say 'failed to load image c:\program files\logo.bmp. it also says failed to write to registry. This is only when logged in as a normal user. When I log in as administrator, it works fine. I know its a permissions issue and that the file needs to write to the registry. How do I solve this issue please?

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Improbable\Flag3D\Sett ings]
"Background State"=dword:00000000
"Bitmap Random"=dword:00000000
"Bitmap Tile"=dword:00000000
"Move State"=dword:00000000
"Spin State"=dword:00000000
"Move Speed"=dword:00000028
"Spin Speed"=dword:0000003c
"Flag Image"="c:\program files\logo.bmp"
"Flag Random"=dword:00000000
"Flag Scale"=dword:0000006e
"Wind Speed"=dword:000000c8
"Wind Gusty"=dword:00000078
"Wind Random"=dword:00000000
"Change"=dword:00000000
"Change Time"=dword:00000014

Th above is the registry for the program, how do I open it to regular users

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Hi all,

My sister has been using a single account -- an administrator account -- for everyday computing. I've encouraged her to create a separate user account for everyday, and leave the administrator account alone. To avoid a messy file transfer, can she:

- create a new account and make it an administrator account
- log into the new administrator account
- change the old administrator account to a user account
- use the user account (used to be the admin account) for her everyday

Would that work, or does she have to transfer everything over?

Thanks!
 

A:Moving Files from Admin to User

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I created a new standard account on my computer. I installed chrome and messenger onto it, then switched back to my admin account.
I opened up chrome, and my history, themes, and all customizations were gone. It gave me some error that I failed to record.
I tried to install a theme but it gave me the same error.
I decided to uninstall chrome. But when I attempted to re-install it, it wouldn't work.
I eventually gave up and tried to install firefox. It gave me an error something along the lines of "Profile is missing or inaccessible"
I also attempted to open trillian, an IM program. Usually, it automatically logs in, but this time I had to manually type it in. But it would not log me in, giving me an error "unable to read from or write to the configuration directory for this account"
I had a similar problem with yahoo messenger.
Afterwards I discovered, my music files and videos I had on my admin account would not play, and gave me an error. The songs were erased off of my media player, and even though the files were still on my computer, none of them would play.

Everything on my new account seems to work, but nothing on my admin account will work.
How do I get my files back, and get my browsers to work again.
I am guessing the creation of the new account was what caused this, but could it be something else?

A:Admin User Files Not Funtioning

What problems do you have when using Internet Explorer ??Are they the same as Chrome and FF ??

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I have a Windows 2003 Exchange Server with Windows XP Professional Users on my Workgroup. I removed it from a domain, and added a workgroup. The easiest thing to do, would be start from scratch, but I am not afforded that luxury Everything is fine in the Intranet and Internet connectivity...

My problem is this:

I need one user to be able to access EVERYones pc's, including the desktop, and My Documents folders at anytime... and restrict Users from doing the same... I have the one Administrator account set up on the main pc, with a few other end Users on other pc's, but still can't remotely "see" the desktop, only the standard "Shared Docs" folder and the shared folders I set up, on another pc...

How can I give one user access to everything? Is Remote Desktop the best answer? There must be some simple policy I am missing here...

HEEEEEELP!
 

A:How do I access a user's desktop, documents, etc as a Workgroup Admin?

You could try RealVNC....
 

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Hi,

I am new user to the Windows Vista Home premium. My laptop is being shared with some family children. I given them the Standard User Account and applied various security policies regarding their computer usage.

But I need help regarding the following:-
1. How can I restrict a Standard User from using Removable Media like CD, DVD, USB.
2. How can I disable "Delete Browsing History" or "Internet Options" for the internet explorer for a standard user.

Kindly help me in this regard ASAP. I have searched on net but nothing fruitful can be done even on changing Registry.

Regards,
Raj Kumar Arora

A:Some Solutions for an Admin to control user access permissions

All of these apply to all users.
The Only way to do it is to disable the optical drive/usb under device manager, and disable internet options/menu options (User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Browser menus) .

This has to be done through the admin account/ and will affect ALL accounts. This would be a tedious task to perform every time the admin/standard user wanted to log on/off. You would be better off dual booting two Operating Systems- and letting the kids use the newly added restricted one.

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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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Hi ya'all,
I've been going in circles trying to regain administration privileges I did not know I lost. When I go to the Users, the only thing visible is guest, so I cannot change settings. At some point, I added a home group to share with family, b t that's all. I've
been trying this over time, but after hours I have to quit. I backed my computer up to an external drive, hoping to just wipe computer and start over, but I don't have administrative privileges. I AM THE FREAKING ADMIN!

So, since my computer came pre-loaded with 8.1 in my Dell XPS 8700, I thought the simplest thing was to obtain a Recovery CD (I should've added to my purchase initially) and start fresh, but that doesn't seem to be as easy as it used to be. I do not even
have ability to go into the cmd. I'm not a techie and need help. Dell keeps offering me the back up using a USB, but I don't have one, which is why I backed everything up to an external drive.
Your help and advice is very much needed. THX!

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I am only user on this computer and heard about the hidden Admin account for Windows 8. I logged into it, but all stuff from normal account such as documents and program shortcuts were missing. Is there any way I can transfer the Admin full access rights to my primary user account? Please help and thanks

A:Hidden Admin Account Access Transfer to User...

Hello Skeet, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Just to note, that while signed in to the built-in elevated "Administrator" account, Store apps will not work.

Your other files are not missing, but just in the other account's "C:\Users\(user-name)" folder instead. Since the built-in Administrator is a separate account, it will have it's own "C:\Uses\Administrator" folder and settings.

If you like you could just include the other account's folders into the Administrator's libraries.
Library - Add a Folder to in Windows 8

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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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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I have 2 accounts on my Vista x64 installation, 1 Admin and 1 Standard User.

In Windows Explorer, the Standard User is unable to browse to the folders belonging to the Admin User (e.g C:\Users\Admin). Fine.

But.... if the Standard User uses the Search field in Windows Explorer, and chooses "Search in SubFolders", files from the whole system (which meet the search criteria) are displayed, and the Standard User can open them. This is surely a bug right?

I scratched my head wondering how my 5 year old how had managed to get my CV from my private folder to his Desktop, until I realised how he was doing it

Try it, and see if you have the same problem, and better still, post a solution if you have one.

Cheers

Adrian

A:Standard User can see Admin's private files

Type this command into the command prompt (elevated)

Icacls C:\users\admin\* /deny (username of user who is not supposed to access files):F

That should deny that user access to the files.

I think it was because you did not set him to either grant ot deny so the computer for some reason let him access them. Looks like a bug. However, if you execute that command above he will be explicitly denied access to the files.

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When i try to launch some applications and aloso the command prompt, im being denied access. Noone could have changed anything im positive and im the only one who uses this computer ever. Would a reinstall fix the problem? and also as a side question can i reinstall windows and save all the data that on the computer? does a reinstall of windows without formatting just overwrite the system? or if i reinstall will i have to reinstall everything because ive been having other misc problems and id like the reinstall if i dont have to backup or copy all my info. Thanks in advance for any info!
 

A:Not able to access cmd prompt (admin restrict, yet im the sole user of this comp)

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1. So when I try to that, it goes FILE BY FILE but some cause a window to show up which reads: access denied!!
And I am admin, makes no sense!

2. When I am on a limited user and I try to access an admin folder or directory, or run application as admin I am asked to enter the admin's password. for folders I just click on the folder and it opens a window that asks for the admin's password, for apps I click run as admin. The problem is that after I enter the password and proceed, It hangs, explorer hangs i guess.

A:TWO problems; allowing a limited user access to an admin folder

If you are trying to editing a file that is located in the programs folder, than you need to save the file to the desktop and drag it over into the folder and it will override that file making it the correct folder.

Take a look at your security settings: ..Windows 7 | Security Features.. and see what they are set at. Also, download an different Internet Browser and see what happens.

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There is or used to be a hotfix for correcting a problem in Windows 2012 r2 where users could not be added to access an encrypted file. The problem is addressed in the MS Support web page:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3051658/you-cannot-add-other-users-to-access-an-encrypted-file-in-windows
To download the hotfix you are asked to open the link at the top of the page entitled "Update Available." The leads to a page that states the hotfix is no longer available for Windows 8.1 and you are advised to update to Windows 10, but I need
this hotfix for Window 2012 r2 Server. Is there a way to obtain this hotfix?

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I did the following; tried to fix my user account because of network problems, so I created a new administrator account. I used this account to delete my admin user account. I thought only the files relative to the account profile would be deleted. Disaster! all my files were deleted, Word, Excel, outlook, desktop items, emails, everything. I downloaded PC Inspector to try and recover and cannot find anything. Can anybody help? Years of work and records gone!

A:Deleded admin user account - lost all files!

Try this program, it is free. http://www.recuva.com/
Also, didn't you ever backup your system. Get a portable hard drive and do monthly backups on it.

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Hi, I have a dell laptop that I want to gift to a family member. When I set it up new I linked it to my hotmail account so when it boots up it shows my email address and I login. I want to keep the laptop just the way it is but remove my login and email and assign a new administrator. Once with windows 7 I messed with the admin account and messed up everything so wanted to seek help here first. What is the proper way to remove me as a user and replace the login and administrator without loosing or changing any of the files or settings on the computer? Thank you.

A:Removing user/admin from computer without loosing files

Hello Matt, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, you could switch your current Microsoft account on the PC to be a local account with a name of your choice instead without losing anything.
Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8
Your family member could then just continue using that local account or switch it to be a Microsoft account using their own email address.

Microsoft Account - Switch to in Windows 8
Hope this helps,
Shawn

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A couple months ago my friend fell for a Microsoft call scam.  She let them in remotely.  I have been trying to help her get rid of whatever malware or ransomware there is.  When I boot normal it gives an error that the Desktop is unavailable and locked.  When I boot to safe mode it says it could not log into the user accounts profile. I added the admin login but I still can not change anything in user accounts.  I have tried the Kaspersky Rescue Disk 10, Malwarebytes, Super antispyware, and CCleaner, nothing has changed.  I can still recover her personal items in an old data folder the scammers saved, but I would really like to recover the computer.  Any help would be appreciated.

A:Safe mode doesn't allow access to admin and user profiles after scam.

Hello, can you repost here for a deeper look. Start at step 6.Please follow this Preparation Guide and post in a new topic.Let me know if all went well.

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I have two users on my laptop but only one with admin rights.  It now won't logon (user profile service service failed)Tried to boot in safe mode - won't work (missing files?)Tried HP recovery manager - won't work as it needs the admin account to access itNo windows disks as its a HP productCan't download windows to reinstall as it's a HP productLaptop was bought in US 7 years ago so no chance of supplier support (Live in UK).  I realise I need a new one but I'd still like to access the photos etc.  I will have backed up most of them.  Is there anything I can do? Am I forced to buy discs from HP? and will that even work? I'd be very grateful if anyone can see a way to resolve this.  

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Hi, I need help:

1. I log into a normal user account.

2. I double click to access a restricted folder.
(Restricted folder means: In administrator account, I made this folder restricted to other users. Right
Click/Properties/Security tab)

3. A message came up:
You don't currently have permission to
access this folder.
Click Continue to permanently get access
to this folder.

4. After I click Continue a message came up:
You have been denied permission to access this folder. To gain access to this folder you will need to use
the Security tab.
But I want Windows to ask my admin password to access that folder.


I have done this job before, and it worked fine but I forgot how did I do...
Thanks for helping me.

Related topics: UAC, netplwiz, secpol, gpedit, runas

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I set up a user profile given I'd been using my administrator user profile all along. Now how do I copy my desktop and browser, files to my user profile? I have Windows 7 Home Office Professional on my PC
 

A:Solved: Transfering desktop/files from Admin to user profile

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I recently did a really dumb thing. I deleted my main user account that was also the admin account and lost tons of files. The thing is even though I lost lots of music and movie files (about 200 gb) and all my email contacts and bookmarks when all was said and done there was the same amount of free space on my hdd. So that tells me those files were not actually deleted but in a Windoze pergatory type of backup file. So my question is how do I recover access to those files? As a single user on my system the reason why I deleted (well was actually a very nice lady I had just met that did it) was because of a stupid log in screen that I didnt need. She said just delete the account and make a new one and she promply did so. I've tried several things to no avail and have a fairly good working knowledge of windows files and management. Please any help would be appretiated.
 

A:Solved: Recovering a deleted admin user acoount files

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According to the windows.microsoft.com website "Your user account prevents anyone who is using a standard account on your computer from seeing your files." My wife and I share our computer: I have an administrator account and she has a standard user account. Yet when she is logged in she can access my documents and read them via File Explorer, though she cannot delete them. This seems to contradict what Microsoft say or am I missing something? Grateful for any advice.

Since writing the above I have found that the same situation exists on the other computer that we share, but in this case she is able to delete the documents as well.

Sorry, everyone, I think I've solved this. I must have set particular sharing permissions and forgotten I'd done so.

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