Note: If a Windows user does not have local administrator rights, the user can use the Run As feature within Windows to run an application as a local administrator without granting the user the rights.
To check if the Windows user is a local administrator or has local administrator rights, follow these steps:
- Determine the computer name.
- Determine the user name and domain.
- If the domain (from step 2) is the same as the computer name (from step 1), the user is logged in locally.
- Right-click My Computer and select Manage.
- Expand the Local Users and Groups:
- Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 this is found within Server Manager then Select Tools > Computer Management
- Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 this is found within Configuration
- Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, this is found within System Tools
- Select the Groups folder.
- Double-click the Administrators group from the right pane.
- Look for the user name in the Members frame:
- If the user has administrator rights and is logged in locally, only his user name displays in the list.
- If the user has administrator rights and is logged into the domain, Domain Name\User name displays in the list.
- If the user name is not present, then the user does not have administrator rights.
If the user is not a local administrator and should be added, follow these steps:
- Click Add.
- Click "Locations...", select the domain found in step 2 from the above steps, and click OK.
- Type the user name in and click "Check Names" or click "Advanced..." to search for the user name.
- Click OK to close the Select Users or Groups window.
- Click OK to close the Administrator Properties window.
- Close the Computer Management console.