How to make Windows Vista admin account act like XP

How to make your Windows Vista administrative account act like an XP admin account: As we all know, with the introduction of Windows Vista has come the inclusion of many new security features. We might even consider some of these features overkill. If you are using good real time protection antivirus software and real time firewall protection, you can, in most cases, turn off the additional security features that have been included with Windows Vista. I personally like to run my Windows boxes on an admin account with full administrative rights. This eliminates any need to give permission or hand over control for specific access rights. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to do the same.

Note: The following will enable you full administrative access in Windows Vista (no more permission or password prompts to do anything). This can create an open door. It is up to you to keep your computer safe.

How to make a Vista admin account work like it does in XP:

Vista With full administrative access rights (full control)…

* On Windows Vista Business, Enterprise or Ultimate:

  1. Click Start, type secpol.msc in the search box, then press Enter
  2. From the list to the left, choose Local Policies, then Security Options
  3. Set Accounts: Administrator account status to Enabled
  4. Set User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account to Disabled

* On Windows Vista Home Basic or Home Premium:

  1. Click Start, type cmd in the search box, right click on the program cmd.exe and select Run as Administrator
  2. In the command prompt window, type net users Administrator /active:yes then press Enter, you should receive a confirmation saying; The command completed successfully
  3. Click Start, type regedit in the search box, then press Enter
  4. Navigate to the section: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]
    • Double click FilterAdministratorToken and set it to 0
  5. Next, logoff and you will see a new Administrator account is available. Login to this new Administrator account

Your now logged in to Windows Vista with full administrative rights. You will not receive any security prompts like before and you should have complete administrative rights to your machine. I typically delete all other users and use only this account. But what you wish to do from here is up to you!