As of July 2016, there is now a form to fill out for obtaining an administrative user account for office computers. The form can be downloaded here: admin_rights_user_exception_form_for_ces.pdf
For security reasons, under Windows 7 (and newer operating systems) we provide administrative access through a special username and password. This ensures that only the programs which need administrative access (e.g. software installers) have administrative permissions, while other programs run normally with standard user permissions.
Your username/password will be provided by CES IT staff. Please do not share this information with anyone else. While you cannot directly log in with this information, you can use it to start programs with admin access. Windows 7 generally prompts you automatically for a username and password when you try to install or configure software. If this doesn't happen and you'd like to run something with admin rights, please right-click it, then click “Run As Administrator”, then enter the admin username and password.
Please type the password with care, as it is case-sensitive. (When I need admin rights on my computer, I usually just copy the password from the text file, then paste it into the security dialog.) Also, please be sure that you include the “.\” before the admin username, as that tells the computer that it's a local account (not a domain account).
Administrative Rights Restrictions / Disclaimers:
Do NOT, under any circumstances, use your administrative account to install/upgrade/downgrade Java, especially to the version recommended by Kronos. Doing this is quite harmful and dangerous. If you are experiencing issues using Kronos, please contact CES support staff.
Please be aware that recovering from problems caused while using the administrative account can be very time-consuming and can result in an inability to use your computer for an extended period of time. For that reason, we strongly advise that you avoid use of the administrative account if you are in any way uncertain of the full implications of any actions you are taking. Recovering from problems caused by the administrative account usually requires completely erasing and reinstalling all software on your computer, which can be extremely disruptive to your work.
For computers which are not your primary computer, recovering from problems caused as a result of administrative account use will take three weeks. (21 days) This includes laptops (for users who also have a desktop computer), lab computers, and research systems. For the primary computer in your office, recovering from problems caused as a result of administrative account use will take one week. While we will attempt to preserve your data and reinstall software on your computer, we can not guarantee in any way that all data or software will be preserved when your computer must be erased as a result of actions taken using an administrative account.
As of 2016, Purdue Northwest Information Services is now requiring a signed document by you and your supervisor before granting administrative access. In addition to the restrictions listed above, you are required to follow all terms detailed in this agreement. Please ensure that you are also aware of the standard Purdue IT usage policies, as specified by ITaP: http://www.purdue.edu/policies/information-technology/viia2.html