Administrator Account In Windows 7

Posted on 2013-01-29
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Last Modified: 2013-02-26
I have encountered this problem on several different Windows 7 systems but it is particularly annoying on my personal laptop. I just replaced the hard drive and installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. I am now trying to load updated drivers but I get the message that they can only be installed in Administrator mode. I even right click and try the "run as administrator" option and get the same message. I had this same problem with my old hard drive and I tried creating a new profile but ran into the same problem. Please advise.

Thank you!

Question by:Robert Ehinger

Expert Comment

ID: 38831671
May be You must enable administrator account, becase in Windows 7 is pernamently disabled.
1. Right Click on "Computer"
2. Click manage
3. Choose "Local Users and Groups" - "Users"
4. On Administrator account, right click - Properties
5. Uncheck "Account is disabled"
6. Again right click on administrator account - set passwod - and type new password
7. Log off and try login as administrator and install Your drivers
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by:Thomas Grassi
ID: 38831672
open command prompt run as administrator

type net user administrator /active:yes

then logon on as administrator and try to do what you need

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by:Robert Ehinger
ID: 38832308
I tried both suggestions and what I now have is a second account showing up on the logon screen, the second one being and account called Administrator. When I logon to that account I have the exact same issue, that I need admin rights to load the software.
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Thomas Grassi earned 2000 total points
ID: 38832589
What type of drivers are you trying to install? video nic?

Lets try turning off UAC

Disable or Turn Off UAC (User Account Control) in Control Panel
 1.To user Control Panel to disable UAC in Windows 7, there are several methods to access the User Account Control settings page: 1.Go to Start Menu -> Control Panel -> User Accounts and Family Safety -> User Account.
 2.Go to Start Menu -> Control Panel -> System and Security -> Action Center.
 3.Click or right click on Flag icon in notification area (system tray), and then Open Action Center.
 4.Type “MsConfig” in Start Search to start System Configuration, then go to Tools tab, select Change UAC Settings, then click on Launch button.
2.Click on User Account Control settings link.

If above does not work how about trying to boot into safe mode and try
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by:Robert Ehinger
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I just finally got back to this issue and the last suggestion from trgrassijr55 worked.

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