Updated: 09/07/2019 by Computer Hope

An administrator may refer to any of the following:

Computer administrator working in a server room.

1. Alternatively called an admin, administrator, and gatekeeper, root is a superuser account on a computer or network and has complete control. When referring to a Unix and Linux computer, this user is often known as root. On a Windows computer and on a network, this user is often called an administrator. However, each of these terms is interchangeable.

When dealing with computers, there can be many different administrators in a company. Listed below are a few examples of the different administrators a company may employ.

Types of network administrators

How do I log into Windows as an administrator?


If you do not have administrative privileges, you may not log in as an admin.

  1. Log into your Windows account.
  2. Press the Windows key, type Control Panel, and press Enter.
  3. Click User Accounts twice, then select Manage User Accounts.
  4. Enter your admin password.

2. The name of assigned rights, permissions, policies, or procedures given to one or more persons that allows them more access on a system. For example, someone with administrative privileges could add and delete users from that system.

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