How to Check for Administrator Rights

Having administrator rights on a computer is often required when making configuration changes in Windows or to install software. Therefore it’s important to check to see if you have administrator rights before doing any work on a computer. Being able to check user rights was very important for me back when I was trying to help customers with their software over the phone. Almost every customer would assure me they had complete admin rights to the computer. Most of the time, it turned out they didn’t.

Fortunately, there is a way you can check to see if the current logged in user has admin rights.

Check the account that is currently logged in for proper permissions

Windows XP

1. Right click on My Computer and select Properties

2. Select the Computer Name tab.

Windows 7 / Vista

1. Click the Windows orb.

2. Right-click Computer.

3. Choose Properties.

4. Select Advanced system settings.

5. Select the Computer Name tab.

If the Change… button is grayed out, the user is not logged in with administrator rights.

Grayed out options XP

Check permission level for all of accounts on the computer

Windows XP

1. Click Start.

2. Open the Control Panel.

3. Open User Accounts.

4. The user accounts on the computer will be listed on the screen. Each name should have the permission level.

XP user list and permissions

Windows 7 / Vista

1. Click the Windows orb.

2. Select Control Panel.

3. In the User Accounts and Family Safety area, select Add or remove user accounts.

4. A list of user accounts will be displayed on the screen. Each will have a name and the permission level of the user.

Windows 7 User Accounts list

That’s all there is to it! Hopefully these steps were all you need to help you determine which accounts have proper rights in Windows.

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