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Windows 7: Why do I need to "Run as Administrator" ?

10 Aug 2009   #1

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Why do I need to "Run as Administrator" ?

Hi,

I am the Administrator on Windows 7. Then, why do I need to run some programs only as "Run as Administrator"?

How can I run such programs directly ?

Thanks in advance.

Derek

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10 Aug 2009   #2

 

It is due to the way MS makes the OS. even tho your Admin unless you constantly tell it "RUN AS ADMIN" you actually will run as common user.
you can either make a shortcut on desktop to make it faster, or when want to install-run a program take the time to check properties, and click "Run as Admin" . Really a PIA but that is just the way it is.
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10 Aug 2009   #3

Windows7
 
 

It's a safety feature that's part of the User Account Control (UAC). It essentially keeps you running as a common user while on an Administrator account.

You can turn off UAC (not recommended), or you can find the executable of your programs, right-click, and in compatibility tell it to run as administrator by default.

Most of the time you do actually benefit from not elevating program privileges unnecessarily, however. Only a handful of things really truly need access deeper into the system as "Run as Administrator" provides.
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10 Aug 2009   #4

 
 

I just turn off UAC.. You won't need to be right clicking all the time.

IMO, UAC is a waste.
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10 Aug 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by julyderek View Post
Hi,

I am the Administrator on Windows 7. Then, why do I need to run some programs only as "Run as Administrator"?

How can I run such programs directly ?

Thanks in advance.

Derek
Hello Derek, and welcome to Seven Forums.

This can help show you how to.

Run as Administrator

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Apr 2010   #6

win7
 
 
It's a PIA? - what an understatement!!!

I have lost HOURS and HOURS in the already long job of setting up two new laptops & migrating to Winsdows 7 in the process.

Despite setting up as Administrator on both systems, I find that the string of random bugs I have been facing is all caused by adminsitrators not haveing administrator status?!?!?

Even simply saving a PDF download from a web page is not allowed unless I mysteriously know that it's hanging/failing because secretly I am running not as an adminsitrator. THere was no message: just nothing happened when I click Save As.

God knows how many other problems I am having are caused by this. Certainly I have had many error messages saying acess is denied for this or that. I have lost a week of work & play. Before, I was just sick of it. Now I am angry.

JJG
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11 Apr 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Windows 7 has this one, in my opinion, really annoying overlap from Vista.

This might help. I used this to free me from the UAC.

Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable[2]=User%20Accounts


I used the elevated command prompt option.




Hope I wasn't blind and someone already suggested this, if so I apologize.

Hopefully this is what you are trying to do.

Didn't realize you weren't OP on this thread JJGRAY. But maybe this will help you?
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11 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TGSoldier View Post
I just turn off UAC.. You won't need to be right clicking all the time.

IMO, UAC is a waste.
The virtualization it has helps. :P Remember, no matter how good we are at the technical level, we can't avoid "malicous" things happening, unless we don't browse the internet all.
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11 Apr 2010   #9

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TGSoldier View Post
I just turn off UAC.. You won't need to be right clicking all the time.

IMO, UAC is a waste.
True enough... but I'd class it more as a major annoyance.

It's real simple... If you can't trust a user on your computer... get his ass outa the chair!
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11 Apr 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It's not just about the user in the chair, it's about giving UAC permission first instead of just allowing any program on your computer to Run as administrator (elevated) and have full access to everything on your computer by default.

Just image what kind of trouble if some malware was just allowed to run with full access (elevated) by default instead of letting you give UAC approval first as a safety checkpoint.

It's best to be safe and have UAC turned on than be wide open to let everything run with full access to everything on your computer.
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