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Windows 7: Q: "Always Run as Administrator" and software plugin files

17 Jan 2011   #1

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Q: "Always Run as Administrator" and software plugin files

If I set a program (.exe file) to "Always Run as Administrator", as described in this tutorial: Run as Administrator, are those elevated privileges passed onto plugins (.dll files) that the program may load?

If not, is there a way to assign those elevated privileges to the .dll files so that they can write to those areas? (Other than turning User Account Control off completely.)

I am thinking of Digital Audio Workstation host programs, which may load several synth and FX plugins. Some of those plugins would wish to write into sub-folders in the ...\Program Files folder.


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17 Jan 2011   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkStar GT View Post
Some of those plugins would wish to write into sub-folders in the ...\Program Files folder.
Hi DarkStar,

I speak under correction here, and I hope others will correct me if I am wrong, but I think the answer is NO because the \Program Files folder is protected by the UAC function.

Have you tried your program if UAC is turned down one notch from the default setting?

Regards,
Golden
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17 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkStar GT View Post
Some of those plugins would wish to write into sub-folders in the ...\Program Files folder.
Hi DarkStar,

I speak under correction here, and I hope others will correct me if I am wrong, but I think the answer is NO because the \Program Files folder is protected by the UAC function.

Have you tried your program if UAC is turned down one notch from the default setting?

Regards,
Golden
Actually, if a program is run as Administrator, then any processes it spawns will also be run as Administrator. This is why programs should not be run as Administrator unless absolutely necessary.
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17 Jan 2011   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarkStar GT View Post
If I set a program (.exe file) to "Always Run as Administrator", as described in this tutorial: Run as Administrator, are those elevated privileges passed onto plugins (.dll files) that the program may load?
Yes. So be careful what plugins you use, some VST and other stuff can be quite nasty!

Not always a good idea to "Run as Administrator", especially if you can avoid it.

Regards....Mike Connor
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17 Jan 2011   #5

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Yes, I'd like to avoid it too.

A couple of examples;
(a) IK Multimedia products write into ...Program Files\IK Multimedia\<productname>\Presets and ...\Preferences
(b) Toontrack's EZPlayer writes into ...\Program Files\Toontrack\EZplayer\Mounts
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