How to Gain Administrative Privileges on Windows Vista Home Edition

If you purchase a new computer or upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista Home Premium version, you'll occasionally need to have administrative privileges on your computer. Even if you're the only person using the computer and the only user listed at the logon screen, you might not have administrative privileges in Windows Vista. You actually have to configure the system to create an administrative account to allow you to have administrative privileges.

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Navigate to the "Start" menu and right-click "Command Prompt." Select "Run as administrator" from the pop-up dialog.

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Type "net user administrator /active:yes" (without quotes) and press "Enter."

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Close out all open windows and log off of your computer. After logging back on, you'll have access to the administrator account. The administrator account is the one you'll need to access all of the administrative privileges.

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To remove the administrator account, go back to the DOS window and type "net user administrator /active:no" (without quotes) and press "Enter." Log off of your computer and log back on. Your administrator account will be removed.