In Windows Server 2008, I have create a new user and added it to the Administrator group ("Administrators have complete and unrestricted access to the computer/domain.")

However, in most instances this user is not treated as an Administrator. For example, when logged in under the new administrative user's account, Internet Explorer treats the login as a regular user, even though IE ESC is turned of for administrators.


UAC is still turned on. This means that, while unelevated, your administrator user account is actually just the same as a regular user account.

More information here.

  • In fact, when logged in a Administrator, and being in Control Panel > User Accounts > User Accounts, does not show the critical link "Turn User Account Control on or off.". So, I am back to start. Why would this line not show?
    – mmcglynn
    Oct 13 '11 at 19:56
  • Do you definitely want to turn UAC off? If you really do, there are instructions all over the internet. Several ways to do it - it's in msconfig.exe, for one.
    – tomfanning
    Oct 14 '11 at 8:50

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