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Simple question, do I Really have admin rights?

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#1 mrmatt2


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 06:59 AM

Hello, Hope you can help


Windows XP


I built this computer myself, and having printer install issues ( to a degree) and wondered if I have admin rights

Checked a few websites


To check I did the following as found in the website ( http://kb.sagesoftwareonline.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/14175/~/how-to-determine-if-you-have-local-administrative-rights-in-microsoft%E2%AE-windows%E2%AE)

  • Click the Start button, then click Run. The Run dialog appears.
  • Type control userpasswords2 into the Open window, then click OK.

 should be able to see






                and I do...







but if I ...  ( again as copied from above website...)



Alternative Method for Determining User Permissions on the Local Machine

  1. Right-click the My Computer icon on your desktop, then Manage from the shortcut menu.
  2. Click the plus sign to expand the Local Users and Groups branch, then open the yellow Groups folder.



I only see





The above  does not have the "local users and groups" and subset folders...







Like this.... ( from above website link)





So do I really have admin rights, how to really confirm?


If I do not, how do I get admin rights?







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#2 Anshad Edavana

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:42 AM



If your XP is "home edition" you don't see that "Local users and groups" MMC window. That is only available in XP Professional. Based on the first Window, yes your account is an administrator one. 

#3 Mr Gibberish

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 04:45 PM

Browse to the c:/windows/sytem32 directory and double click on command.exe


If you run the command prompt and see C:\Documents And Settings\yourusername then you don't have admin rights

if you run the command prompt and see C:\windows\system32 then you have admin rights


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