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How To Tell If You Are an Administrator

I’ve written extensively on why administrative rights are bad, and how to drop administrative rights if you have them, but it occurred to me that I never told you how to just see if you have administrative rights in the first place, so shame on me! Here’s how:

In any desktop version of Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1) click the Start button, type cmd, and press the Enter key.

When the command prompt opens, type (or copy and paste) the following, and press Enter:

net localgroup administrators

This will return a list of all accounts who are members of the local Administrators group of your Windows PC. If you see your account listed, then you’re an administrator. If this is an account you use for everyday computing, you probably should protect yourself and the rest of your network by dropping those rights.