How to Check for Administrator Rights in Windows 10, 8, & 7

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

Follow the steps dependent on the version of Windows you are using:

Windows 10 & 8

  1. Right-click the “Start” button, then select “System“.
  2. Choose the “Advanced system settings” link in the left pane.
  3. 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.

Windows XP

  1. Right click on “My Computer” and select “Properties“.
  2. Select the “Computer Name” tab.

If the “Change…” button is grayed on on the “Computer Name” screen for any of these versions of Windows, the current logged in user does not have administrator rights.


Check permission level for all of accounts on the computer

Windows 10, 8, 7, & Vista

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. In the User Accounts and Family Safety area, select Add or remove user accounts.
  3. 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

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 display  the permission level.

XP user list and permissions

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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