How to tell if you are an Administrator on your computer

Modified on Thu, 18 Dec 2014 at 11:36 AM

If you are attempting to download software, you need to be an Administrator in order to have the rights to alter your computer's settings.

In Windows 8/8.1


From the Windows 8 start menu (click the windows icon in the corner or hit the windows button on your keyboard), type the words "User Accounts" and hit enter.  In the next window click the "User Accounts" button.  At this time you should be able to see your name in a box on the right and your admin status in the description.

In Windows Vista/7

Click on the start menu in the lower-left of your computer screen and click onControl Panel.​

Once in the Control Panel window, locate and click on User Accounts

In the window that opens, click on Manage User Accounts.  If your computer prevents you from proceeding with this task, you most likely do not have Admin rights

The User Accounts window will open and show the list of the Users and if they belong to the Administrators group.  If you see your User Name listed as in the Admin group, you have the rights to download programs/software.

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