How to Tell if You Are an Administrator

You will need to have administrative privileges in order to install software or perform certain other functions. To find out if you are an administrator on your particular computer, choose one of the links below:

If you have problems while performing these steps, contact the NC State Help Desk for assistance.


Microsoft Windows 7

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. Select User Accounts and Family Safety.
  4. Select User Accounts.
  5. On the right hand side of the User Accounts window will be listed your account name, account icon and a description.
  6. If the word "Administrator" is in your account's description, then you are an administrator. 
    If the words "Standard user" are there, then you are not an administrator and will need to log in as a different user.

Microsoft Windows Vista

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. On the left side of the your Control Panel window, make sure that Classic View is selected.
  4. In the Control Panel window, double click on User Accounts.
  5. On the right hand side of the User Accounts window, look for your account name, account icon, and a description.
  6. If the word "Administrator" is in your account's description, then you are an administrator. 
    If the words "Standard user" are there, then you are not an administrator and will need to log in as a different user.

Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Server 2003

  1. Click on the Start button.
  2. Select Control Panel.
  3. In the Control Panel window, double click on the User Accounts icon.
  4. In the lower half of the User Accounts window, under the or pick an account to change heading, find your user account.
  5. If the words "Computer administrator" are in your account's description, then you are an administrator.
    If the words "Limited user" are there, then you are not an administrator and will need to log in as a different user.

Mac OS X

  1. Open the Apple menu.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. In the System Preferences window, click on the Accounts icon.
  4. In the list of accounts on the left side of the Accounts window, locate your account.
  5. If the word "Admin" is immediately below your account name, then you are an administrator on this workstation.
    If the word "Standard" is there, then you are not an administrator and your account cannot be used to install software or make administrative changes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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