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Windows 7: Sooo.... I'm an administrator??

15 Jun 2011   #1
jPaulB

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Sooo.... I'm an administrator??

Hi Folks,

I have two questiones concerning Windows-7 Home Premium.
  1. There are two user accounts, Mine as well as a single guest account. Iy seems as though I log into the computer as an administrator. However, as I try to delete a shortcut on the desktop, the system, I am told that I "need to provide administrator permission to do that.", and "you require permissions from Administrators to make changes to this file."
  2. A second issue ( Happens to be Eudora, a mail client ) when I start it. I get a pesky message telling me that: "Eudora was unable to update your system registry. Your default mail program has not been changed."
Does a Home Premium O/S not allow me access to these issues?

Regards,

Paul


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15 Jun 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Run as Administrator
That should fix the problem for the mail program.

As for the other issue, have you looked at user accounts in the control panel and verified that your account is in fact a administrator account?
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15 Jun 2011   #3
hjonesMCT

Win7 Ultimate x64, Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jPaulB View Post
Hi Folks,

I have two questiones concerning Windows-7 Home Premium.
  1. There are two user accounts, Mine as well as a single guest account. Iy seems as though I log into the computer as an administrator. However, as I try to delete a shortcut on the desktop, the system, I am told that I "need to provide administrator permission to do that.", and "you require permissions from Administrators to make changes to this file."
  2. A second issue ( Happens to be Eudora, a mail client ) when I start it. I get a pesky message telling me that: "Eudora was unable to update your system registry. Your default mail program has not been changed."
Does a Home Premium O/S not allow me access to these issues?

Regards,

Paul
Yes, definitely take Maguscreed's suggestion and try running the program As Administrator. If you are an Administrator (there are only two types of users in Windows 7, Admins and Standard Users), then you will be met with a prompt that asks if "you want to allow this program to make changes to your system" and has a Yes and No button. If you see a place to type in a username and password, then your account is NOT an Admin account.

Also, in Windows 7, the registry is protected. Applications' ability to change it has been deprecated for security reasons, and a method of protection called Virtual Registry has been implemented instead. I'm not sure why the Virtual Registry did not get called in this case; I'm going to check into Eudora specifically and see how it interacts with Windows 7.
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15 Jun 2011   #4
jPaulB

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thank you for helping.

My account is "Administrator".

I don't have any idea why I can't simply delete this shortcut. I can and have deleted other shortcut icons.

Thanks again,

Paul
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15 Jun 2011   #5
hjonesMCT

Win7 Ultimate x64, Server 2008 R2
 
 

Is this the version you're using? I couldn't find a newer one.

If so, it is likely that it's a 16-bit application or an old 32-bit app. If you're running Windows 7 64-bit, it will simply not work. If you're running 32-bit, you might be able to get it to work by applying a compatibility mode. Compatibility Mode

Try our suggestions and let us know what works.


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15 Jun 2011   #6
hjonesMCT

Win7 Ultimate x64, Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jPaulB View Post
Thank you for helping.

My account is "Administrator".

I don't have any idea why I can't simply delete this shortcut. I can and have deleted other shortcut icons.

Thanks again,

Paul
Is it possible that you can give us a screenshot of the icon, and the error that pops up when you try to delete it?
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15 Jun 2011   #7
Barman58

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

Windows now uses a "Dual Token" security model to petter protect the system against the more advanced malware that is now prevalent.

The administrator account now runs as a standard user as default - correctly written programs that require full administrative credentials can ask the system for this and the user is presented with the UAC prompt. The UAC prompt completely isolates the system from the input box which prevents the input being made by any malware.

As a side effect of this the files permissions on the system do not give full access rights to a non administrative user, this can result in the issues you are experiencing. The workaround to these issues is to manually add your actual user name to the permissions of the area you wish to access
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