Make your Vista's admin account acts like in XP, Always in full control

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Make your Vista's admin account acts like in XP, Always in full control

Post by Rahul on Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:24 am

First let me start by saying that one of the main features of Windows
Vista is the new user accounts security enhancements, but sometimes,
defaults don't meet everyone's taste when it comes to how we deal with
our PCs. I for one, always used full administrator accounts since I
first knew what a Windows user account is, and never been hit by a
virus/spyware/crap, using common sense and updated AV software, so I
don't want to give permissions to myself or face strange error messages
every time I do a simple task on my computer.

We know UAC feature in Windows Vista, and we all know how to disable it, this is not the purpose of this thread,
because even after you disable UAC, you'll have other prompts about
folder/file permissions errors sometimes (I faced it in strange,
unexpected occasions, like deleting an empty folder for a program left
by the uninstaller), or you'll need to right click and select "Run as
Administrator" for most applications to work/install correctly.

That's
because Microsoft made the administrators accounts (in local
administrators group) run as standard users, unless we give permissions
for every and each administrative tasks, with a little difference when
UAC is turned on/off

Enough introductions, lets get our hands dirty:

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Remember
that cute "Administrator" account you see when you login to safe mode
in XP? That's the built-in administrator account that's installed by
default, and disabled by default too, after a little digging-in I made
this tutorial that'll let you enable and use this account in normal
mode, and with a little other tweak, enjoying an XP-like administrator
experience, while UAC is left ON (or off, it doesn't matter), but with
no prompts or right clicks.

For Windows Vista Ultimate/Business/Enterprise:

1- Click Start, and type "secpol.msc" in the search area and click Enter. (
You may receive a prompt from UAC, approve/login and proceed)
2- In the left list, choose "Local Policies", then "Security Options"
3- Set "Accounts: Administrator account status" to Enabled.
4- Set "User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account" to Disabled.
For Windows Vista Home Basic/Home Premium:

1- Click Start, and type "cmd" in the search area, right click on "Command Prompt" and select 'Run as Administrator".

2- In the command prompt type "net users Administrator /active:yes" (Note the capital "A" in Administrator) and press Enter, you will get a confirmation as "The command completed successfully".

3- Click Start, and type "regedit" in the search area and click Enter, navigate to: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
Double click on "FilterAdministratorToken" and set it to "0"
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Now log-off, and you'll see new account named "Administrator" is available, click on it to login.


Now you are the master of your domain! I
recommend if you're going to use this method is to apply it as soon as
you do a fresh install of Windows, so you can simply delete whatever
administrator you've created in the setup process
, and make this
one the "real" administrator for your PC, also you can rename this new
admin account or change its password like any other account from "User Accounts" in the Control Panel.

A last note/disclaimer:


Please
apply this procedures only if you know what you're doing. Disabling
security features in the operating system is not something recommended
to the average Joe, and for sure I won't be held accountable for any
damaging happens to your system or files resulting from running a full
administrator account all the time.

Enjoy!
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