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How Can I Tell Whether I Have Administrative Rights?
Author: KB Admin Reference Number: AA-02699 Views: 5025 Created: 2012-08-05 19:00 Last Updated: 2018-08-14 15:56 0 Rating/ Voters
Many functions under Windows require administrative access in order to do them. Things such as installation of software, or access to files, can be controlled by the access rights given to a username. When one turns on a PC to use it, it is under a user account of some kind. It may be Computer Admin or it may be Guest. This security is increased under Windows Vista, and will continue for Windows 7, 8 and 10. Even if the account has been created so that the user does not need to provide a password, there is a username account in place just the same.

Occasionally, an attempt to perform a function will not be allowed because the user account does not have access. There is a way to check on the kind of user account is currently in use. The steps will differ between Windows XP and those of Windows Vista, Windows 7 or 8.

1. Open Windows Control Panel. (In Windows 10 search for Control Panel and click on it to open it.
2. Find the icon for User Accounts and single click it (double click it in Windows XP).
(This will be the same for Category View or Classic View.)
3. [Windows Vista & Windows 7, 8, 10] Click the icon for User Accounts.
4. Find the icon for the user account in use.
(There may be only one icon.)
5. The kind of user account will be shown beneath the name itself. 
If the account type shows as Standard User then it will not be possible to perform update checks in BibleWorks with this user account. To change the account type, log off of the computer, and then log on again to an user account that shows as Administrator. If you cannot log onto that user account, you may need to contact the person or department that setup your account on this computer to either get administrative access, or to have someone with administrative access to perform the needed functions.

Last Updated: RG/June 16, 2018