How to be a REAL administrator on Windows 8 (privileges)

Make yourself a Windows 8 Administrator!

After playing around with Windows 8 enterprise version, I realized that they do not give you total administrator privileges even if you add your current logged on user to the administrator group.  For example, if you want to copy a specific file from one of your mapped drive, it will fail to do so or for some win32 installation packages it will fail to install if you do not right-click + run as administrator.  There are few specific settings that allow you to act as a real administrator and do whatever you want to.

So here are things you need to do in order to become a real administrator on a Windows 8 workstation :

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  • Make sure you are a in administrator’s group

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  1.  Select Computer management from Control Panel -> Administrative Tools.
  2. Expand to : System Tools -> Local Users and Groups -> Groups.
  3. Double click on Administrators.
  4. Click Add button.
  5. Input your username.
  6. Click ok & confirm.

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  • Local Policy Settings

Windows 8 Security Policies

  1. Select Local Security Policy from Control Panel -> Administrative Tools.
  2. Expand to : Local Policies -> Security Options
  3. Disable the following 2 settings :
  • User Account Control: Only elevate UIAccess applications that are installed in secure locations.
  • User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode.

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  • User Action Settings

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  1. Select Action Center from Control Panel.
  2. Click on Change User Account Control Settings.
  3. Select lowest option (never notify).
  4. Apply.

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When you are done, do not forget to reboot your computer to apply your modifications.  Congratulation, you are now a real administrator on your Windows 8 workstation!

If you have any question, feel free to ask here.

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