At IU, why do I need to know the administrator account on my computer?
At IU, many tasks, including the following, will require that you log in as an administrator:
Running the Get Connected software
In campus housing you must know the password for one of the local administrator accounts before you run the Get Connected software, so you don't get locked out of your computer.
Creating, modifying, or deleting user accounts on the
If you share your computer with other users, you will need an administrative account to manage the different user accounts. You must use the administrative account to create account passwords for other users on the computer, and to change account names, pictures, passwords, and types.
Installing and/or uninstalling certain programs
Sometimes you must log into the local account to install or uninstall programs. Make sure you are logged in with administrator privileges when you install or uninstall any programs so everyone who logs into the computer will have a working copy of the software.
Remove a virus or log into Safe Mode to remove a virus
Some virus removal tools and manual removal instructions require you to log in as an administrator to properly remove the virus. Also, if the manual removal instructions require you to go to Safe Mode, you will need full access so the virus protection can completely scan the computer.
Unlock the computer no matter who is logged in
If another user is logged into the computer or forgets the password, knowing the local administrator password will allow you to log in with that account and reset or unlock the computer.
- Connect to IU's Active Directory Services (ADS) domain
If you have forgotten your administrator password, follow the directions in Setting and resetting a Windows administrator password.
Last modified on February 19, 2013.