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Windows 7: Running an app as admin - what does it do?

20 Aug 2011   #11
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

The problems caused by programming for assumed Admin access will be reduced by running as admin with UAC disabled but not eliminated completely

One way you can sometimes alleviate the issue is to change the ownership and file permissions on the application folders in "Program Files" The owner needs to be changed from "trusted installer" to your actual user name and this user name needs to be given full file access permissions.

To do this you need to enable and log in as the "Hidden Administrator" and use the security tab to make the changes and then disable the "Hidden Administrator". Problems can still arise when the application scatters DLLs and other config files all over the system as these may also need the permissions changed.

This type of modification is advanced and may or may not completely cure issues, depending on if any data is Hard Coded into the application, rather than the correct practice as laid out in the windows SDK


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20 Aug 2011   #12
jasong1968

Windows7 64
 
 

Umm, this app was not programmed for assumed Admin access; the dev does not assume that people are going to.

What I am saying is that the crashing upon closing issue goes away when the app is 'run as admin'. Trying to figure out why.

Thanks.
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