Local administrator privileges is a form of user access rights given to an individual which allows the user to make changes to the local computer and its resources as well as the network it belongs to. The user with these privileges has the ability to install, uninstall, and configure programs, access and manage user accounts, modify security permissions, delete/edit files, and access and manage the computer’s registry.
Typically, local administrator privileges go hand in hand with the installation and configuration of an operating system and their security options. With such privileges, a user can create and manage user accounts and passwords, assign permissions and rights to users and groups, and make changes to the system settings. The user can also modify registry entries and view system logs, and any changes made by the user with local administrator privileges can be permanent.
Local administrator privileges may also be granted to users in an organization in order to manage and maintain the network resources. Such users can manage user accounts, create applications, as well as assign rights and permissions. They can also access and configure services, view system logs and monitor the security of the network. Furthermore, users with local administrator privileges can create security policies and modify any existing security policy settings.
Local administrator privileges allow users to manage a computer or network at an advanced level; however, such privileges should always be granted judiciously, as misuse can have serious security consequences.