Updated: 11/12/2023 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, system administrator, and gatekeeper, root is a superuser account on a computer or network and has complete control. With 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

  • DBA (database administrator)
  • IT (information technology), LAN (local area network), or Network Administrator
  • Linux Administrator - Individual responsible for Linux systems.
  • System Administrator (sysadmin) - Individual responsible for managing the users and system settings of computers.

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.

How do I contact an administrator?

If you're an end user of a product or service, you'll be unable to contact the administrator. Instead, contact customer service or technical support, who can send a message to the administrator if needed. In most organizations the administrators do not deal directly with end users.

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.

Administrator rights, Network engineer, Rights, Security terms, SU, Super