You don’t have full administrative rights in Windows 7 even if you yourself have installed the operating system. This was perhaps done to protect some system critical applications and files that you may end up accidentally deleting and crashing the entire system in the process. But not having full administrative rights in Windows 7 can pose some problems like not being able to execute certain files and access advanced features.
So does nobody have full administrative control in Windows 7?
Usernames like Administrators et cetera do have full administrative control in Windows 7 but it is of no use to you if you are the only person using the operating system. Would you like to have full administrative rights in Windows 7 so that you can execute all your programs without obstructions?
You can easily do that. But remember one thing, having full administrative rights also comes with responsibility and care. This feature must have been activated in Windows 7 to protect your computer from you so if you’re gaining full admin control you are in fact making your operating system vulnerable. So do this only if it is totally necessary, otherwise, skip it, it is an occasional nuisance you can easily live with.
Anyway, this is how you can get full administrative control in Windows 7:
Click on the Start button
Click Computer and you will get this window
On the left hand side there is a list of hard disks. You may have multiple hard disks if you have multiple partitions or if you have attached multiple hard disks to your computer.
Right click on the drive where Windows 7 is installed.
On the pop-up menu click Properties
In the proceeding window there are multiple tabs but you need to click on Security.
Under the Security tab you will find the Advanced button, click it.
You will come across a list of all the users active on your computer.
Click the Change Permissions button.
Now, you might be the only person using your computer so don’t worry about the other names. You will find multiple instances of your name; one with “Administrators” and another with Users. Select the one with Users.
After selecting your name click the Edit button.
That said, this is the place where you can get the full administrative rights in Windows 7. Under “Allow” check the checkbox in front of Full control and then click OK.
Your computer may warn you that changing the permissions may disturb your configuration. When I tried this on my computer nothing drastic happened. But move ahead at your own risk.
After you have clicked OK for a while your computer will change permission of certain folders and then you will be able to use your computer with full administrative rights.