Wednesday, January 31, 2024

To check if you are a local administrator

To check if you are a local administrator on a Windows machine using the command line, you can use the following methods: 

### Method 1: Using the `net user` command 

You can check the groups that your user account belongs to with the `net user` command followed by your username and the `/domain` flag if you are on a domain: 



net user yourusername 


Or if you are checking for the account that's currently logged in: 

cmd .exe

net user %USERNAME% 



Look for the "Local Group Memberships" section in the output. If you see `Administrators` listed there, your account is a member of the local Administrators group. 


Using the `whoami /groups` command 

This command will list all the groups that the current user is a member of, along with their security identifiers (SIDs): 



whoami /groups 


Search for a group named `BUILTIN\Administrators` or look for the SID `S-1-5-32-544`, which corresponds to the Administrators group. If the group has the attribute `Enabled group`, it means your account is currently acting with administrative privileges. 

Using the `net localgroup` command 

You can also list all members of the Administrators group using the `net localgroup` command: 



net localgroup Administrators 

Check if your username is listed in the output. If it is, then your account is a member of the local Administrators group. 

Choose the method that you find most convenient. It is worth noting that even if your user account is a member of the Administrators group, User Account Control (UAC) may require you to explicitly run programs "as administrator" to perform tasks that require elevated privileges.

Using PowerShell 

If you prefer to use PowerShell, you can run the following command to check if the current user is part of the Administrators group: 


$currentPrincipal = New-Object Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal([Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()) 




This will return `True` if you are running as an administrator, and `False` otherwise. 


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