IsUserAnAdmin function (shlobj_core.h)

[IsUserAnAdmin is available for use in the operating systems specified in the Requirements section. It may be altered or unavailable in subsequent versions.]

Tests whether the current user is a member of the Administrator's group.


BOOL IsUserAnAdmin();

Return value

Type: BOOL

Returns TRUE if the user is a member of the Administrator's group; otherwise, FALSE.


This function is a wrapper for CheckTokenMembership. It is recommended to call that function directly to determine Administrator group status rather than calling IsUserAnAdmin.


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client Windows XP [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header shlobj_core.h (include Shlobj.h)
Library Shell32.lib
DLL Shell32.dll (version 5.0 or later)
API set ext-ms-win-shell-shell32-l1-2-1 (introduced in Windows 10, version 10.0.10240)

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