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    Default Can't make changes to the default Administrator Account

    Can't make changes in the default Administrator Account. I'm talking basic stuff here. Can't unlock the taskbar. Resize or move the taskbar around. Not to the same monitor or to another Which is what I want to do. I can't do other things similar to this such as changing the environment a bit. I don't know what else is blocked because I really don't spend any time in that account but if these basic functions are blocked you KNOW there are more serious things that are blocked as well.

    I created a new Administrator account and it has the same issues.

    I mean isn't the default Administrator's Account supposed to be able to do EVERYTHING WITHOUT verification. I am unable to make even basic changes. I can't change the view of Windows Explorer. I change the default computer view from Tiles to Details and the next Explorer window that comes up has it back at tile view. I tried to get windows to show file extensions and it won't even though I uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types" in Folder Options.

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    Default Re: Can't make changes to the default Administrator Account

    Hmm, that's strange indeed. Couple of questions. If you type "winver" in the search bar and hit enter, what build is your OS on right now. (Assuming it's Windows 10) Second, find the User Account Control settings and make sure they're set back to default. It could be that something aren't working because the window isn't popping up to ask you to allow the changes, but from what you describe that seems highly unlikely.

    It's likely that the OS is corrupted and you need a reformat. I've noticed the upgrades leading to the anniversary update caused issues like that with my build, but the updates after seem to be pretty solid.

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    Default Re: Can't make changes to the default Administrator Account

    It's actually Windows 7 Ultimate
    Version 6.1 (Build 7601: Service Pack 1)

    UAC for the accounts in question are set to the lowest level as they should be so I'm not being asked to authorize anything I'm trying to do. Windows just doesn't do it.
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    Default Re: Can't make changes to the default Administrator Account

    Quote Originally Posted by DH888 View Post
    It's actually Windows 7 Ultimate
    Version 6.1 (Build 7601: Service Pack 1)

    UAC for the accounts in question are set to the lowest level as they should be so I'm not being asked to authorize anything I'm trying to do Windows just doesn't do it.
    That's the point of setting it to default. In some network situations, you'll click on something and nothing will happen because UAC is at the lowest level. You have to bring it up to default, then a box will show up for admin credentials. This will let you know if something's hijacked your admin accounts, especially if your admin credentials don't work. If nothing at all happens even after it's at default, then we know we it's something else.

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    Default Re: Can't make changes to the default Administrator Account

    That IS the default level for UAC in the Windows created, invisible, Administrator account.
    I didn't change a thing

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    Default Re: Can't make changes to the default Administrator Account

    Quote Originally Posted by DH888 View Post
    That IS the default level for UAC in the Windows created, invisible, Administrator account.
    I didn't change a thing
    You said lowest level. Typically, that's not the default. Default for Windows 7 is the first notch from the top. Point is, it should be self explanatory that you want it to notify you when programs try to make changes to your computer. Did you set it to that level and try one of your changes?

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    Default Re: Can't make changes to the default Administrator Account

    I don't want to argue with you because I appreciate that you're taking the time to help me figure this out but...

    administrator user - Is an unelevated administrator account that is created by default during the installation of Windows 7, or is already setup or you on a OEM (ex: Dell) computer. An administrator account has complete access to the computer, and can make any desired changes. To help make the computer more secure, this administrator account type will be prompted by UAC by default to give confirmation before allowed to make any changes that require elevated administrator rights. Such as those that affect the system, other users, or when running anything elevated (Run as Administrator) since running elevated will allow it to have access to the entire computer. This would be the one you're thinking of, the default UAC setting on Administrator User accounts IS the second from the top I remember from when I dropped it down to zero.

    The Built-in "Administrator" - Is the hidden elevated administrator account that has full unrestricted access rights and permission on the computer. By default, this elevated "Administrator" account is not prompted by UAC by default to provide confirmation before allowed to make any changes that require elevated administrator permissions since it is an elevated account. This one starts at zero. Not prompting you because the default UAC is at the lowest level.

    Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Help Forums

    I haven't tried it yet my PC is in the process of working on something that will take a bunch of hours so I will try it after that completes. Thanks for the suggestion it's a good one.

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    The only other thing I'd try before a reformat is a Windows Repair tool from Major Geeks. It's worked pretty good and saved me a format a few times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshjaks View Post
    The only other thing I'd try before a reformat is a Windows Repair tool from Major Geeks. It's worked pretty good and saved me a format a few times.
    I just really hate to start all over when my daily account isn't even messed up I just wish I knew what happened to the elevated Administrators Account. And how to fix it.

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    you can't

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