First Admin on Computer Set-Up

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 and Windows 7
       09 Jan 2017 #1

    First Admin on Computer Set-Up

    I set up the church computer a couple years ago, and apparently I logged in initially with my own Microsoft account then added the other admins. When they needed to download a program for check scanning, they had to have permission from my account (my password) even though there are other admins on the computer. If I change my account on that computer to a local account, will they still be able to use my login permission for things like that in the future? Also, shouldn't the other admin accounts be able to give that permission?
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  2. philc43's Avatar
    Posts : 3,699
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1809 Build 17763.134 and W10 Insider Build 18277
       10 Jan 2017 #2

    Hi PJ and welcome to TenForums :)

    When you created the new accounts did you give them administrator level? By default all new users are created as Standard users and if this is how you left them then non of the new accounts will be able to provide administrator permissions.

    What you need to do is go through the user accounts for the other admins you created and convert them from standard users to Administrators. To do this follow the tutorial on changing account type.

    Whether your account is a Microsoft Account or a local account should not make any difference but I would not change it until you are sure the other admins are all set up correctly. Also, always make sure you have system restore points set and a backup strategy in place.
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 and Windows 7
    Thread Starter
       10 Jan 2017 #3

    Thanls for the reply, philc.

    Yes, when I set up the other admins, I made them administer accounts.

    Would there be any instance that would require the original admin account permission (my account)? The biggest reason I ask is that my husband and I may be moving, so I was hoping t be able to remove myself from that computer.

    It's actually kind of strange to me...a while back I changed my password on, but the password on the same account on that church computer is the same as when I set the computer up. I didn't have it sync all of my desktops, however. Could that be the reason the password on there stayed the same? Thankfully, I do know the old password.
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  4. philc43's Avatar
    Posts : 3,699
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1809 Build 17763.134 and W10 Insider Build 18277
       13 Jan 2017 #4

    If all the other admins have Administrator accounts you are in a good position and can leave them to continue the good work. You should be able to remove yourself.

    To double check all the administrators on the system you could do the following:

    1. Open a command prompt.

    2. Copy and paste the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter.

    net localgroup administrators

    3. Look at the user names listed under Members.

    If a user name is listed as a member of the Administrators group, then the account is an administrator.
    If a user name is not listed as a member of the Administrators group, then the account is a standard user.

    Regarding your password change on the Microsoft account - usually if you are connected to the internet it will update and require the new password for all computers that you log into with that Microsoft account.
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