Should i enable the hidden administrator account?

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  1.    10 Jan 2019 #1

    Should i enable the hidden administrator account?


    Should i enable the hidden administrator account?

    Could someone clarify what the advantage is?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       10 Jan 2019 #2

    Hello Cerawy,

    The information at the top of the tutorial can give you more details about the built-in "Administrator" account, but basically this account runs with elevated rights by default giving it full unrestricted access to everything on the computer. The bad thing is that anything that runs while signed in to this account will also have the same access rights. Usually, you would only want to enable this account as needed.

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10 | Tutorials
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  3.    11 Jan 2019 #3

    Im the only one using my computer, so i guess it shouldnt be a problem?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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       11 Jan 2019 #4

    It's just a matter of personal preference, and if you need to always have elevated rights.
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       11 Jan 2019 #5

    Cerawy said: View Post
    Im the only one using my computer, so i guess it shouldnt be a problem?
    Personally I only enable it if/when I need it. If you do decide to leave it enabled, you definitely shouldn't use it as your 'everyday' account. If you did then any malware you may come across would have full access. From Brink's tutorial....
    Anything that runs while signed in to this "Administrator" account will also have full unrestricted access to the PC, so it is not recommended to use the built-in "Administrator" account for everyday usage.
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  6.    11 Jan 2019 #6

    Brink said: View Post
    It's just a matter of personal preference, and if you need to always have elevated rights.
    I think id prefer to always have elevated rights.Could you clarify what exactly it means though?

    I still get a message saying i need permission sometimes if im trying to get rid of a file or a folder, even if im using the hidden administrator account.
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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       11 Jan 2019 #7

    Basically, elevated rights is the same as when using "Run as administrator".

    Normally, you would be prompted by UAC first to approve for elevated rights. The built-in Admin doesn't get a UAC prompt since it's already elevated by default.

    If these are system files and folders, then Windows may be protecting them.
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  8.    11 Jan 2019 #8

    I see. Isnt it basically the same thing as disabling the UAC message, or am i missing something?

    Also, the folders im talking about are mostly junk folders.
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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       11 Jan 2019 #9

    Almost the same, but still has more access rights.

    It would still depend on the owner and access permissions of the folders even for the built-in Admin, but usually it can access most.
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  10.    11 Jan 2019 #10

    "Isnt it basically the same thing as disabling the UAC message, or am i missing something?"

    Yes, it is but what you're missing is what 'Bree' pointed out ... that viruses, malware and ransomware can install themselves, without Your permission, by bypass the UAC or Smartscreen warnings. That's one purpose of the hidden Admin, to give anybody or anything, including bad guys, full rights to do anything to the computer. If that doesn't matter to you, then go for it.
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