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Windows 7: Run as Administrator not working

07 May 2015   #1
etye1214

Windows 7 64
 
 
Run as Administrator not working

I recently installed Windows 7 and it works fine except that when I try to right click a program and run as administrator, nothing happens. I've installed all the updates and disabled my UAC but I still get nothing. The only program that works when I try to run as administrator is the cmd.

I found a few other threads on this topic, but none have helped me.

Any advice?


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08 May 2015   #2
LegacyOfWax

Windows 7 pro 64bit
 
 

What program(s) are you trying to run as admin?
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09 May 2015   #3
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by etye1214 View Post
I recently installed Windows 7 and it works fine except that when I try to right click a program and run as administrator, nothing happens. I've installed all the updates and disabled my UAC but I still get nothing. The only program that works when I try to run as administrator is the cmd.

I found a few other threads on this topic, but none have helped me.

Any advice?
That is a major security issue right there.

Stop doing that.


As asked above, what program are you trying to run as administrator? Have you tried going to the properties of the icon and marking it needs admin rights?

User account control (UAC) protects the system in many ways.

In windows vista and above, the admin account has the same rights as the standard account. The only time the admin account is elevated to admin is when the uac box appears and you click yes to allow the action, which elevates that process for a short time until the action is complete. When copying or changing any folders in examples below, you must click continue to allow a rename or delete of a folder, etc.

UAC protects multiple areas, here are some of them:
-registry
-installing/uninstalling programs
-program files folder
-windows folder
-other user accounts folders
-temp folder/app datar

Read up on it here:
User Account Control - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

UAC info for IT professionals

Why use a standard user account instead of an administrator account?

When using a standard account and you make a change or install a program that affects the whole system, UAC will prompt you to continue. Make sure the setting or program you are tying to install is listed, then click yes to continue. If you are just browsing the web and the prompt appears with a program you have not heard of, or do not know what it is, it is much safer to click no then yes. No will block the action, and if you were trying to do something, you can always start it again and choose yes.

UAC makes this easy, see here:

What is user account control (UAC)?

I also suggest choosing always notify for UAC for better security:

What are User Account Control settings?
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10 May 2015   #4
etye1214

Windows 7 64
 
 

I was trying to get to computer management by right clicking Computer and clicking Manage. I was able to get around it by going directly into computer management, but it's bugging me that whenever I click something with a security shield like Run as Admin or Manage, nothing happens (except run cmd as admin) .
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11 May 2015   #5
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Please Run sfc /scan now using option 2 in this tutorial: SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

Please post back the results.
Please indicate what message was displayed at the end:

Windows found no integrity violations

OR

Corrupt files were found, and windows was unable to fix them.

OR

Corrupt files were found, and windows successfully repaired them
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11 May 2015   #6
etye1214

Windows 7 64
 
 

Ran the scan, Windows found no integrity violations.
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11 May 2015   #7
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hey, run as admin is not supposed to work when UAC is disabled but your case seems different. My programs do run if I run them as admin and my UAC is off as well. Anyway, check this thread if it applies to your case:

Use "Run as administrator" with UAC disabled

Sorry if you have already read it.
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12 May 2015   #8
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by etye1214 View Post
Ran the scan, Windows found no integrity violations.
That is quite odd.

Something is wrong. Have you tried creating a new admin account with uac on always notify (make sure to restart to apply changes) and see if it works?
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