How do I log on as an administrator?

Applies to: Windows 7

An administrator is someone who can make changes on a computer that will affect other users of the computer. Administrators can change security settings, install software and hardware, access all files on the computer, and make changes to other user accounts. To log on as an administrator, you need to have a user account on the computer with an Administrator account type.

If you are not sure if the account that you have on the computer is an administrator account, you can check the account type after you have logged on. The steps that you should follow will vary, depending on whether your computer is on a domain or a workgroup.

My computer is on a domain
  1. Type the user name and password for your account in the Welcome screen.
  2. Open User Accounts by clicking the Start button
    The Start button
    , clicking Control Panel, clicking User Accounts, clicking User Accounts, and then clicking Manage User Accounts 
    Picture of security shield icon
    If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    Your user name is highlighted and your account type is shown in the Group column.

If your account type is not Administrator, then you cannot log on as an administrator unless you know the user name password for another account on the computer that is an administrator. If you are not an administrator, you can ask an administrator to change your account type.