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Windows 7: Administrator not allowed to turn off hibernation?


29 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and 32-bit
 
 
Administrator not allowed to turn off hibernation?

Hi,

1) When I installed Windows 7 RC one administrator account was created. That account is what I am using. But when I try to turn off hibernation by issuing powercfg -h off at the command prompt, I am told that I don't have authority to do that. If I can't do it when I am logged in as administrator, then who can?

2) Related to this, sometimes I don't have access to view all folders on my hard drive. Sometimes UAC tells me I need to enter the administrator password to gain access to the folder. When I do that I can access the folder but why should I have to when I am already logged in as Administrator?

Anyone knows why this is so?

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29 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

1). The account that is created, is a member of the admins group, however by default the UAC system still comes into play and limits what you can and cannot do. To disable the hibernation feature, start a command prompt with elevated privs first (Start, run, cmd and hit CTRL-Shift-Enter). This will give you an elevated command line, run your powercfg -h off.

2). If UAC is prompting for a password, that usually means you don't already have admin privs. Check your group settings for your user account and ensure it's actual a member of the local admins groups. Sounds like you have a standard user account and that is why it prompts you for a username/password. Normally, if you are an admin, it will simply throw a prompt telling you it's elevating and you simply click on ok.
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29 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and 32-bit
 
 

Hi thanks for your reply!

1) I tried what you wrote but it still says I don't have permission to enable of disable hibernation.

2) In user accounts I am listed as Administrator.

?????
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29 Oct 2009   #4

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

you need to "run [the command prompt] as Administrator" before typing in the command.
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29 Oct 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and 32-bit
 
 

Thanks!

1) Now it worked.

2) Perhaps I am remembering wrongly, perhaps the problem was simply that even after clicking OK to the UAC popup I still did not get access to the folder in question.

I got the impression that there are adminstrators and administrators. A bit like in 1) when I as administrator still had to run the command prompt as administrator in order to issue the command successfully.

Surely I am an administrator? See attached screenshot.


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29 Oct 2009   #6

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

This is the whole purpose of User Account Control. It's so you can safely use the computer as an administrator account. If you disable UAC you will have less of these problems but your security will be impacted.
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29 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and 32-bit
 
 

So in order to perform the operation that is being blocked in screenshot 2 above, then I would as an administrator still have to disable UAC?

In not an administrator trusted by UAC to create a folder in program files?
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29 Oct 2009   #8

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gridsystems View Post
In not an administrator trusted by UAC to create a folder in program files?
Admin yes, Winzip no.

If you run Winzip as an administrator you should be able to extract files.
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29 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and 32-bit
 
 

ok, I see.
thanks.
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29 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's a bit difficult to wrap your head around this stuff at first and far too many people just disable UAC and consider it a nuisance. Generally speaking though, once you get the machine setup and most things installed and configured, it's somewhat rare to see a UAC prompt.

And with regards to being able to simply create things in C\Program Files...it's actually quite beneficial that something cannot simply just write itself into that location when you are logged into the computer. That does help to prevent various spyware/malware from infecting your system. So, you have to take the good with the bad.
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