Windows 10: how do I get administrator permission to use a file

  1.    20 Sep 2016 #1

    how do I get administrator permission to use a file


    Often, like today, I need to get administrator permission or sign in as administrator to do something. Today, for example, I could not move a file from one folder to another without administrator permission. I am the sole owner and user of my laptop (Lenovo Ideapad G580). I don't know how to "reach" the administrator. Any help?
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  2.    20 Sep 2016 #2

    Even you're logged in as administrator, you still need to take ownership of the folders/files that are protected by the system, before moving or modifying.
    Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...dows-10-a.html
    Last edited by Brink; 20 Sep 2016 at 10:24. Reason: link
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       20 Sep 2016 #3

    Vesao said: View Post
    Even you're logged in as administrator, you still need to take ownership of the folders/files...
    If the folder you are trying to copy to is (say) C:\Program Files or the one for the Start menu you really don't want to start taking ownership of them. All hell could break loose if you mess up the permissions on those! If you try to copy to a restricted folder then you will be prompted...
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    ...click 'Continue' and you will either (if yours is an administrator account) complete the copying successfully, or (for a standard user account) be asked for the password of one of the administrator accounts before being allowed to continue. Windows will give you the name of the administrator account, you just have to provide the password.
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  4.    20 Sep 2016 #4

    how do I get administrator permission to use a file


    Dear Vessao,

    Thanks for the speedy reply. However, problem remains: I don't have an administrator PASSWORD . I don't remember ever being asked to create one. Again, I am the owner and only user of the laptop.
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    10 Home x64 (1703) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       20 Sep 2016 #5

    casale said: View Post
    I don't have an administrator PASSWORD . I don't remember ever being asked to create one. Again, I am the owner and only user of the laptop.
    When Windows 10 is installed, the first user account it creates is an administrator one. If you only have one account on yours, then it will be an administrator (else you wouldn't be able to configure your PC or add more users).

    The easiest way to check what type of account you have is to click 'Accounts' in 'Settings', it will tell you if you are an administrator and have the ability to manage/create other accounts in 'Family & other people', like this:

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    A standard user account will only see this:

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    What type of account do you have?
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