Change user account type to admin

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Bud, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. Bud

    Bud Guest


    I am in a situation where I need full admin privileges to change a system
    filename (mapi32.dll, so I can get outlook 2003 to work in Vista, which is
    another story but I'm on the right track there...). Anyway, though my user
    account is designated as "Administrator" when I view the account type I am
    listed as a standard user and I am unable to change the account type to
    administrator. This is the same for the only other account on this machine,
    which is my wife's.

    Any ideas on how to change this or how to log in with privileges that allow
    me to change that filename?

    Bud, Jul 12, 2007
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  2. Bud

    Bud Guest

    Further info: I used method #2 on this page:

    and was able to activate the Administrator account, but I am still denied
    access when it comes to changing that filename in the Windows/System32
    directory. Any ideas? I am alos unable to elevate either of the other user
    accounts to full administraotr type from within the Administrator login.

    I'm a bit baffled...
    Bud, Jul 12, 2007
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  3. Bud

    Jeff Guest

    You're not the only one. I've searched the internet extensively, and there
    is extremely little information on this. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like
    Microsoft is offering much help on the subject either. Six months after it's
    release, I'm wishing I never bothered with Vista.
    Jeff, Jul 12, 2007
  4. Bud

    What is the file name?

    The System32 folder contains all of the system files and is heavily
    restricted. Most of the files in that folder are part of the Resources
    Protection feature and even if you did accomplish renaming a file, it would
    very likely be replaced immediately with a fresh copy with the original
    name. What you are trying to do is the same thing that a virus does when it
    infects a system. :)
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Jul 12, 2007
  5. Bud

    Jim Smith Guest

    Hey guys. I'm not trying to change a file name in the system folder but I am
    often installing and running new programs. Because I am unable to upgrade my
    Administrator login from Standard type to Admin I have to agree to the change
    every single time, rather than just being able to install it off the bat.
    After doing a lot work all this needless clicking gets frustrating.

    How can I up my account type to Admin?

    Thanks in advance.
    Jim Smith, Jul 23, 2007
  6. Jim

    You will need to log onto the system with an administrator account to make
    this change. Even with an administrator account you will still need to
    elevate certain functions.
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Jul 25, 2007
  7. Bud

    Jim Smith Guest

    Thanks Ronnie, I've since turned off the systems User Control and no longer
    need to do all that extra clicking! ^^
    Jim Smith, Jul 25, 2007
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