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Windows 7: Can't open program. Says I must have administrator privlege, but I do

17 Nov 2015   #1
trifling

Windows 7 home premium, 64 bit
 
 
Can't open program. Says I must have administrator privlege, but I do

I can't open a program because it says that I need to have administrator privileges. Since I know very little about computers, I hope this information is a help:

Windows 7 Home premium, 64 bit
The User Account shows my name, and under that it says "Administrator".
The User Account says "workgroup", but I don't know why because it is a home computer that shouldn't be linked to any other computer. I am the only one who uses the computer.
I hope you can help me solve this problem.


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17 Nov 2015   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

What program, where is it located (full path)?

Have you tried right clicking on it and selecting Run as Administrator?
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18 Nov 2015   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I notice this in your system specs.
Could you explain.

Quote:
Browser Windows 8?
Do you have all the needed Windows 7 Update including SP-1?
So far it appears you do not have SP-1.

Could you complete this tutorial by Brink and post the log here.

Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions
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19 Nov 2015   #4
trifling

Windows 7 home premium, 64 bit
 
 

It is a program called Presto Biz cards. As far as I can read the path it says: files (x86)\newsoft\BizCard 4.1 Eng\Bcr40.exe. I will try to right-click on it and click on run as administrator, but I never used to have to do that. I'll post back after I try that.
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20 Nov 2015   #5
trifling

Windows 7 home premium, 64 bit
 
 

I have Windows 7, and I think I have the SP-1 because I have my computer set for automatic updates. I don't understand what the Windows Genuine and Activation Issue... is. I'm not having trouble activating Windows 7. I've had it for 5 years.
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20 Nov 2015   #6
trifling

Windows 7 home premium, 64 bit
 
 

Another dumb question: If I click on Run as Administrator and open a program. Do I have to log off as the administrator when I close the program?
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20 Nov 2015   #7
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by trifling View Post
Another dumb question: If I click on Run as Administrator and open a program. Do I have to log off as the administrator when I close the program?
No, you will be using your regular account.

You are using an admin account but that doesn't mean it has full time admin rights. With the default configuration in Vista and later it won't. That causes a lot of confusion for many people but there is a good reason for this.

When your account has full admin rights any software you run will also have those rights. That is the way things worked in XP and earlier. That was convenient, but it wasn't very secure. If you accidentally run malicious software, which is very easy to do, it will have full admin rights and be able to do just about anything it wants to. That is bad. But with a limited account that software will be very limited in the damage it can do. That is good.

When you log in with an admin account in Vista and later the account has only the rights of a standard user. With most software that isn't a problem. But some programs, mostly older ones, will not be able to run properly. That appears to be the case with the software in question. Using the option "Run as administrator" gives your account full admin rights, but only for that one application. Other applications you may be running will be unaffected. In this way you are running applications with the safer standard account and only get full admin rights when they are needed. This is something of an inconvenience but security always has it's price. And the inconvenience of maintaining security is not confined to computers.

Regarding your computer being a member of a workgroup: All computers that are not a member of a domain (used primarily in large business networks) will be a member of a workgroup, even if it is the only member. This is completely normal.
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