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Dsg's avatar

Can someone help me fix my Administrator settting on my computer?

Asked by Dsg (1406points) September 27th, 2012

I can’t download any new programs or applications because it says I need to have Administrator rights. I can explain in more details what’s going on if someone can help.

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lightsourcetrickster's avatar

If you could give us some clues as to your operating system, that would be a help to start off with.
Also, are you the only user of said system?

gambitking's avatar

Can you right click on the program and “Run As Administrator” ?

jerv's avatar

I must also ask, is it entirely your computer, or a shared one? If the latter, there may be a good reason…

_Whitetigress's avatar

I agree with @jerv

The only time I’ve ever encountered that sort of problem was when I was logged on as Guest or a Sub User. Typically there is a Master Administrator who sets up the computer and configures it to their own liking.

elbanditoroso's avatar

if you have permissions, the go to start – accessories – command prompt
right click on command promopt

if the DOS box opens then type

net user administrator /active:yes

then log out and log in

lightsourcetrickster's avatar

I would hasten to add further to elbanditoroso’s response that it is highly ill-advised to leave the hidden administrator’s account active! It’s hidden for a very good reason. And that reason is to prevent people from doing things they shouldn’t.
To that end, when you’ve done what you need to do – and I must stress you better be darn sure you know exactly what you’re doing, if you fudge it in that account you are looking at one broke computer, you MUST hide the hidden account once more.
In order to do that, you should use the method described above, and in the DOS box type

net user administrator /active:no

And to be certain…make sure you know what you’re doing before you do it!

blueiiznh's avatar

This is common, but more details are needed. Is it a home or school/work computer.
If it is Windows it simply means the account you are logged in as is not an administrator level on the machine. There are many ways to remediate this.
Also, be careful attempting advanced commands if you are a novice and asking questions can lead you into deeper water.

Dsg's avatar

The computer is a Mac laptop with Windows 7 enterprise on it. My son and I use the computer. It was originally set up by my ex, but I don’t trust him so I don’t want him to mess with this computer. In the past he has put some spy software on it. I’ve since gotten it off. So I set up the 2 accts…my sons and mine. I didn’t put the administrator on mine and i noticed its on my sons. There isn’t a password on my sons administrator profile. how do i take the administrator off his and put it on mine? I’m computer literate, but I can’t figure it out and I don’t want to make it worse. Does this info. help you guys??

lightsourcetrickster's avatar

Open User Accounts in his account.
Locate yours and change it to administrative.
Go out of his account.
Log into your account that should now contain administrative rights.
Again, open User Accounts in your account. Locate his, change it so he is no longer an administrator (that’s just asking for trouble).

Dsg's avatar

Thank you all for your help….it worked! @lightsourcetrickster your directions were very good. Thank you.

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