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.

If you're not sure which operating system you're using, hold down the Windows key and press R, then type winver and click OK.

Windows 10 and Windows 8

  • Press the Windows key and press R, then type netplwiz and click OK.

    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. Click the Start menu and then click the user account picture

    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 you need to check the administrator status on a domain in Windows Vista: Hold down the Windows key and press R then type cmd and click OK. The administrators for that computer appear.

Windows XP

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on 8 April 2014. For more information, please refer to

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

  • Double-click the time then over type one of the values and click 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 Start in the bottom left corner and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Windows 8 or below - Click Start and in the search box type CMD then right-click cmd.exe and click Run as administrator.

  3. Type net user administrator /active:yes and press Enter.
  4. Type Exit then press 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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