Changing my login to full administrator?

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  1. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Home
       #1

    Changing my login to full administrator?


    Good afternoon good people.

    I seem to be having an issue. I need to add something to the %SYSTEMROOT%\System32\drivers\etc Host file and am having a hell of a time.

    I am the only user on the computer and am unable to change it so I have complete control and am able to change that file. In the control panel I do see an account called "Administrator" but of course when I log in to the computer that is not an option.

    I would either like to be able to log into that Administrator account or change mine to have the access needed. I have searched from one end of Google to the other and can not find a way to do so. I do know I am an "administrator" account, I have been able to confirm that, but I still can not edit that file I can only read it. (Yes I checked to make sure it was not read only, the file is not although some in the folder are and when I try to change that I get blocked and told I need to be the computer administrator).

    Here is my Windows version information:

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    Thank you all for any information you may be able to assist me with,

    Sam
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  2. Posts : 25,107
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #2

    SimplPrimate said:
    I seem to be having an issue. I need to add something to the %SYSTEMROOT%\System32\drivers\etc Host file and am having a hell of a time.

    %SYSTEMROOT%\System32\drivers\etc is a protected folder and you cannot edit HOSTS with Notepad and save it back to that folder.

    What you CAN do is open HOSTS in Notepad, edit it, then save to somewhere else such as your Documents or Desktop. Then copy the edited version back to %SYSTEMROOT%\System32\drivers\etc to replace the original, or better still rename the original before copying your new one there.

    Renaming and adding files are things you are allowed to do in System32\drivers\etc, though you will be challenged to confirm your admin privileges in order to do it.

    Block Websites using Hosts File in Windows

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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Bree said:
    %SYSTEMROOT%\System32\drivers\etc is a protected folder and you cannot edit HOSTS with Notepad and save it to that folder. What you CAN do is open HOSTS in Notepad, edit it, then save to somewhere else such as youe Documents or Desktop. Then copy the edited version back to %SYSTEMROOT%\System32\drivers\etc to replace the original, or better still rename the original before copying your new one there.

    Renaming and adding files are things you are allowed to do in System32\drivers\etc, though you will be challenged to confirm your admin privileges in order to do it.

    Block Websites using Hosts File in Windows

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    Thank you!!

    It has been a long while since I have messed in the system folder at all and I was not aware of this.

    - - - Updated - - -

    How do I save it to my documents as that type of file? It juts wants to save as a txt file.
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  4. Posts : 25,107
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #4

    SimplPrimate said:
    Thank you!! It has been a long while since I have messed in the system folder at all and I was not aware of this.
    It has been that way for a while, I used to have to go 'the long way round' to replace the Hosts file back in windows 7 too.

    Welcome to TenForums by the way, you'll find lots more tips and help here.
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  5. Posts : 25,107
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #5

    SimplPrimate said:
    How do I save it to my documents as that type of file? It juts wants to save as a txt file.
    Just rename it to HOSTS without an extension after you have saved it. You will need to turn on 'Filename extensions' in Explorer's View tab to be able to do that.

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  6. Posts : 4
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Bree said:
    Just rename it to HOSTS without an extension after you have saved it. You will need to turn on 'Filename extensions' in Explorer's View tab to be able to do that.

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    Fantastic, I always have file extensions showing.

    I really appreciate the help. I will make sure I go help those that need help, mostly with hardware issues as that is where I excel :)
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  7. Posts : 25,107
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #7

    SimplPrimate said:
    ... I will make sure I go help those that need help, mostly with hardware issues as that is where I excel :)
    Excellent. I'm sure your skills be a welcome addition to Ten Forums. Helping others is what this place is all about
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  8. Posts : 40
    Windows 10 Pro Insider
       #8

    What you can also do is open Notepad itself as administrator and then File > Open the hosts file, that works too.
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  9. Posts : 27,243
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       #9

    fenrir0wulf said:
    What you can also do is open Notepad itself as administrator and then File > Open the hosts file, that works too.
    Always using it this way

    Just open Notepad as admin, browse to hosts (make sure to change from .txt to all files) and save it..
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  10. Posts : 11,672
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1776
       #10

    SimplPrimate said:
    In the control panel I do see an account called "Administrator" but of course when I log in to the computer that is not an option.

    I do know I am an "administrator" account
    Sam,

    There is a difference between an account that is an admin account and an account that has the username "Administrator".

    "Administrator" is the username of the built-in admin account that is normally disabled. It has no password by default, bypasses UAC by default and is best left disabled.

    If the "Administrator" account is shown in Control panel then it will also appear at the login screen.

    Denis
      My Computer


 

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