How to Check If You Are Running Under Administrator Account on Windows Vista

If you are running Windows Vista as a non-Administrator user, you will find out pretty quickly that you do not have the privileges to perform a lot of the tasks that you could normally perform with Window XP. One of the tasks that you might not be able to perform as a Standard user (non-Administrator) is installing software. You might get "Permission Denied" or "Access Denied" errors if the installation process tries to write to your Windows system folder or Windows registry.

In order to ensure a smooth installation process and to prevent permission errors when using our software, we recommend that you set yourself up as an Administrator in Windows Vista. If you have not done so, below are the steps to check whether you are already set up as an Administrator in Windows Vista:

1) Click on the Windows Vista Start button on the lower left corner of your computer screen:

Windows Vista Start Button

2) Click on the Control Panel menu item:

Windows Vista Control Panel Menu Item

3) Click on the User Account and Family Safety link on the Control Panel:

Windows Vista Control Panel

4) Click on the green User Accounts link:

Windows Vista User Accounts

5) Click on the Change your account type link:

Windows Vista Change Your Account Type Link

6) On the Select your new account type screen, you will see what type of account you are currently running under. If you do not have the Administrator checkbox selected, you will need to ask someone who has an Administrator account on your computer to assign you as an Administrator. As a Standard user, you might not have sufficient privilege to assign yourself as an Administrator. After checking the Administrator checkbox, click on the "Change Account Type" button to commit your change. You might be asked to restart your computer.

Windows Vista Select Your Account Type

7) Restart your computer. When you log back in, you should be running as an Administrator account type.

8) You are not completely out of the woods yet! There is one more thing you need to do. You need to turn off User Account Control to suppress those annoying Windows Vista security warning messages that accomplish nothing but reduce productivity.


If you are using Windows 7, here's instruction on how to check Administrator rights on Windows 7. If you are using Windows 8, here's instruction on how to check Administrator rights on Windows 8.