Should i enable the hidden administrator account?

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  1. Posts : 960
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    Windows administrator account


    I was considering using the build in windows administrator account, but first, could someone please clarify what the advantage of using it is?

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    , i went with the windows administrator account for better privileges.
    Last edited by Cerawy; 14 Apr 2021 at 17:01.
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  2. Posts : 62,330
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    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. Posts : 960
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    I'm the only person who is using my computer, so it shouldn't be a problem i guess?
    Last edited by Cerawy; 13 Apr 2021 at 20:01.
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  4. Posts : 62,330
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    It's just a matter of personal preference, and if you need to always have elevated rights.
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  5. Posts : 25,382
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    Cerawy said:
    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. Posts : 960
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    Brink said:
    It's just a matter of personal preference, and if you need to always have elevated rights.
    Could you clarify what you mean with elevated rights? I still get a message sometimes that says i need permission to get rid of a file or a folder, even if im using the windows administrator account.
    Last edited by Cerawy; 13 Apr 2021 at 20:02.
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  7. Posts : 62,330
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    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. Posts : 960
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    I see. Isn't 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.
    Last edited by Cerawy; 13 Apr 2021 at 20:03.
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  9. Posts : 62,330
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    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. Posts : 1,767
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    "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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