Types of Administrator Accounts


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    Types of Administrator Accounts


    Carbonite considers Local Admin. Acct. a "Users" account. It is configured needing me to be the Administrator. Is this the "Hidden" Administrator Account?

    Just re-set PC to factory settings, skipped registration etc. I named PC is about it and I am Local Account Administrator.

    Pre-installed Windows 10.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    Hello lowdown, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    The built-in "Administrator" account is an elevated local account.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html

    An administrator account you add can be a local account or a Microsoft account, but doesn't have elevated rights by default. You must approve the UAC prompt when an app is to "Run as administrator" or requires elevated rights to open.
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  3. Posts : 20
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    Administrator acconts : Clarification


    Carbonite told me it is configured to use the Administrator Account (owner of subscription?) for restoring files for me that they are being held in their "Cloud" The other files are classified as "User" Accounts.

    Consequently I have many gigs worth of file I can only partly down load back into my PC

    So I guess I meant what would be considered the Administrator.

    My local Admin. shows up under "Users" like on Control Panel,

    I am not signed in with a Microsoft account.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    It sounds like the later, and not the built-in "Administrator" account.

    If you like, you can use the tutorial below to confirm if your account is an administrator or standard user account.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html

    An administrator account is a member of the "administrators" group by default.

    A standard user account is a member of the "users" group by default.

    User Accounts - Add or Remove from Groups - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  5. Posts : 20
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    Thread Starter
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    Followed your suggestion and went to command prompt net localgroup administrator and I am administrator. Still don't have it thru my thick skull about groups, users, standard but you have been my best help by far.
    Couple of quick things for now. Windows suggest using a standard account for daily use. When I make that switch does my name have to be different and I put a space in my or computer's name that should be fixed? I used my first and last name.


    Brink said:
    It sounds like the later, and not the built-in "Administrator" account.

    If you like, you can use the tutorial below to confirm if your account is an administrator or standard user account.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html

    An administrator account is a member of the "administrators" group by default.

    A standard user account is a member of the "users" group by default.

    User Accounts - Add or Remove from Groups - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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    You won't be able to use the computer name for the name of a user account, so yeah you'll need to add a dash or space to have it similar.

    If this is for a home computer. then there's nothing wrong with using an administrator account all the time if you like. I would recommend to have it password protected. You just don't want to use the built-in "Administrator" account for daily usage.
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  7. Posts : 20
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    Am password protected and now know not to use built-in "Administrator"
    In my "Windows 10 for Seniors ( Dummies) it said when setting PC up for first time "do not put space in computer name"
    Well I used my first and last name. Does this just mean it stays C:\users\ Bob ***** or can I get my folders back to just Bob?
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  8. Brink's Avatar
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    That's correct. You don't want a space in the computer name, but it's ok for a user name.

    The name of the user profile folder will be the name your used for your account instead of the computer name though.
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