Administrator account in Windows 7 Professional
Posted on 2013-01-03
This may be a simple question and I may be reading into this too much
I have several brand new Dell PC's running Window 7 Professional that I support running as a standalone PC or on a "peer to peer" network attached connected to a Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008. (If in Active Directory, I wouldn’t be posting this)
In Windows XP, the local Administrator account is always "Enabled" by default.
In Windows 7, Pro, it's "Disabled" by default. Why is that?
I've run into situations where the I needed the Administrator account but couldn’t logon because it was disabled. Some programs like the "awful TrendMicro AV program" that glues itself to the O/S makes it difficult to uninstall at times. Sometimes it’s not an option to NOT include it when ordering a new Dell computer. Even though the account I created is an Administrator equivalent, the program, on a few occasions, wanted me to log on as the administrator. So I logged on as the user, enabled the Administrator account, logged on as the administrator and was able to delete the TrendMicro AV program
Anyway, in other circumstances, I had an issue where the user logon profile was corrupted and needed to log on as the Administrator. I had to boot the PC with a Linux tool to enable the Administrator account and I was able to logon as the Administrator
If I leave the Administrator account enabled with a secure password, then obviously the Administrator account shows up on the Logon screen (unlike XP). I’m sure there is a setting to disable seeing the administrator account on the desktop.
As an IT support person, I know it’s a “security thing” but it’s a pain when supporting users remotely. I use the same very strong password for the administrator for each client for all their PC’s. I know that the Administrator account is always clean. Yes, I do know it the PC in AD, I wouldn’t have to worry about this
Sometimes running “peer to peer” makes total sense for small networks
I just wanted to get some experienced feedback from other tech’s that support Windows 7 PC’s