It may be important at times to access certain programs or make specific changes to your system as the administrator. If you are signed into the Windows operating system as a regular user you will not have complete control over the database. User accounts tend to be restricted and therefore do not allow the user to effect certain critical modifications to the system. This is actually a built in security measure of the system that prevents the user from inadvertently changing configurations that may lead to system failure. Additionally most malware, viruses and Trojans depend on a completely open system to cause complete havoc. These database contaminants can manipulate the system more thoroughly once an administrator account is active. It is, therefore, advisable that every user log in with the maximum amount of restrictions possible to avoid user related issues or security breaches.
There will be times, however, when you will need to use an administrator account. When this becomes necessary you have the option to log out and then log in once more but instead as administrator. You may also run as administrator as the need arises while still logged in as user. To do this you will need to use the Run As feature which is now provided by Microsoft. Older versions of the windows OS my not have this in place, however, if you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7 then this can be done. This is a preferred method as it does not require the user to remember to log out as administrator once he or she has completed a particular task. In doing this only specific programs are accessed as administrator therefore reducing the potential security risk.
By following these simple instructions you may access certain administrator privileges while logged on with your regular user profile. You will not need to log out of your computer and then log back in as the administrator once your computer has the Run As feature.
- You will use this type of access for a specific program. Find the program you will like to use by either going to the Start menu or searching the programs list or by searching your desktop if a shortcut was created on your desktop. Additionally you may use this method to run executable files found in the Windows Explorer window.
- Once you have found the program of choice right click on the program or executable file. A list should appear where you have clicked.
- Select “The following user” option. This will allow you to enter the necessary information needed to access administrator privileges.
- In the specific field that comes up enter the username. This should be the username that you have chosen to designate the administrator account. You may simplify things by browsing a list of usernames by clicking the arrow which should reveal all the user accounts that are presently in operation on the computer.
- After you have either found or entered the user account information enter the password that corresponds with the administrator account.
- Now you will have access to the administrator privileges for this program or executable file that you have opened. You will not need to change any settings once you are done. The administrator access will automatically end once you close the program.
Tips and Warnings
- Do not give out the password of the administrator account to other users of the computer.
- If you prefer being logged in as administrator, be sure to check your computer for malware, viruses and Trojans frequently. Also install the latest anti-virus software that will run automatic checks at start up.
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