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Why account name "Admin" instead of a name the user should give?


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#1 cafejose

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Posted 15 February 2018 - 07:26 PM

Why should or is the account for one computer called "Admin", but on another computer the account name is a name which the user who set it up chose?

Both of these computers have only ONE single local user account; NO other local user accounts.

 

Further, one the one machine there is found C:\Users\Admin

and on the other machine is found C:\Users\NameChosenUponSetup, where NameChosenUponSetup would be something like joe123, or michaelJ, or something resembling a normal-like name.

 

Either computer will let a user run programs and install and uninstall programs.

 

That in first sentence is the question and desire for understanding the what and the why.  



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Posted 18 February 2018 - 04:01 PM

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Why should or is the account for one computer called "Admin", but on another computer the account name is a name which the user who set it up chose?

Both of these computers have only ONE single local user account; NO other local user accounts.

 

During the Windows setup phase it asks the details to create the first user account that will be the Administrator of the machine, the name can be almost anything with the exception of some reserved names... it's simply a user choice to use Admin or the name of the user that will use the machine.

 

A different thing is the Administrator account this one is built-in on Windows, its normally disabled and hidden from the login screen...


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Posted 18 February 2018 - 10:08 PM

Hi,

 

Why should or is the account for one computer called "Admin", but on another computer the account name is a name which the user who set it up chose?

Both of these computers have only ONE single local user account; NO other local user accounts.

 

During the Windows setup phase it asks the details to create the first user account that will be the Administrator of the machine, the name can be almost anything with the exception of some reserved names... it's simply a user choice to use Admin or the name of the user that will use the machine.

 

A different thing is the Administrator account this one is built-in on Windows, its normally disabled and hidden from the login screen...

Then I conclude that both the "Admin" and the "NameOfUser", each shown as the only setup on each machine, both are administrator accounts.  This seems to answer my question.  Any way to be sure?  Both of these accounts can install and uninstall programs.  I know this can be done, since I did such installing on both machines.  



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Posted 18 February 2018 - 10:36 PM

If you can install and uninstall programs, the account has administrative privilege.

 

But, if you want to check then open Settings -> Accounts and look.  Right at the top of the page is the "Your Info" section and line three in that section is the account type:  Administrator or Standard.


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