How to check if the current user is logged in to Windows as an administrator

To install software or updates on your computer, you must be logged in to Windows as an administrator. This ensures you have enough access to add, change or remove files on your computer.

The following steps contain everything you need to help you check if you're currently logged into Windows as an administrator.

Tip: If you're not sure which operating system you're using, Windows key + R > in the Open box, type winver > press Enter.

Windows 10 and Windows 8

  • Windows key > type run > type netplwiz

    If you're not an administrator, you're prompted to enter your credentials. If you're an administrator, you see the User Accounts window.

Windows 7 and Vista

  1. Open the Start menu > click the user account picture.

    Tip: This is the picture in the top right-hand corner, above the user name.

  2. The user status appears below the user name.
  3. If the computer is a member of a domain, the user status doesn't appear. To check the user status, click Manage User Accounts.
    • If the current user is an administrator, the following window appears:
    • If the current user isn't an administrator, the following window appears:

Tip: If you need to check the administrator status on a domain in Windows Vista: Start > Search box type CMD > Enter. The administrators for that computer appear.

Windows XP

Note: Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on 8 April 2014. The latest version of Sage 50 Payroll doesn't install on Windows XP and isn't compatible with Server 2003. For more information, please refer to www.sage.co.uk/operatingsystems

If you're using Windows XP, try to change the time displayed in the bottom right-hand corner.

  • Double-click the time > overtype one of the values > OK.

If you're not an administrator, you receive a message after clicking OK. If you're an administrator, the time changes successfully.

Is the administrator access hidden?

The administrator account that's created by default may be hidden. You can unlock this account as follows:

  1. Right click the Windows logo in the bottom left corner > select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Windows 8 or below - Windows start menu > in the search box type CMD > right-click cmd.exe > Run as administrator.

  3. Type net user administrator /active:yes > Enter.
  4. Type Exit > Enter.

The administrator account is now visible when you restart the computer, by default it has no password.

To turn the administrator account off, replace active:yes with active:no.

The following steps contain everything you need to help you check if you're currently logged into Windows as an administrator.

Tip: If you're not sure which operating system you're using, Windows key + R > in the Open box, type winver > press Enter.

    Windows 10 and Windows 8

    • Windows key > type run > type netplwiz

      If you're not an administrator, you're prompted to enter your credentials. If you're an administrator, you see the User Accounts window.

    Windows 7 and Vista

    1. Open the Start menu > click the user account picture.

      Tip: This is the picture in the top right-hand corner, above the user name.

    2. The user status appears below the user name.
    3. If the computer is a member of a domain, the user status doesn't appear. To check the user status, click Manage User Accounts.


      • If the current user is an administrator, the following window appears:

      • If the current user isn't an administrator, the following window appears:

    Tip: If you need to check the administrator status on a domain in Windows Vista: Start > Search box type CMD > Enter. The administrators for that computer appear.

    Windows XP

    Note: Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on 8 April 2014. The latest version of Sage 50 Payroll doesn't install on Windows XP and isn't compatible with Server 2003. For more information, please refer to www.sage.co.uk/operatingsystems

    If you're using Windows XP, try to change the time displayed in the bottom right-hand corner.

    • Double-click the time > overtype one of the values > OK.

    If you're not an administrator, you receive a message after clicking OK. If you're an administrator, the time changes successfully.

    Is the administrator access hidden?

    The administrator account that's created by default may be hidden. You can unlock this account as follows:

    1. Right click the Windows logo in the bottom left corner > select Command Prompt (Admin).
    2. Windows 8 or below - Windows start menu > in the search box type CMD > right-click cmd.exe > Run as administrator.

    3. Type net user administrator /active:yes > Enter.
    4. Type Exit > Enter.

    The administrator account is now visible when you restart the computer, by default it has no password.

    To turn the administrator account off, replace active:yes with active:no.

     
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