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Windows 7: Some programs will only work if run as admin

26 Aug 2012   #11

Windows 7 x64

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I created a new user account. Gave it admin rights, logged off the old one, logged on to the new one, everything fine; I could access programs as normal.

I deleted the 'old' admin account and set up the new account as I like it (wallpaper, theme, email, etc etc) now the new account is back to not being able to run stuff unless it's run as admin.

This is driving me up the wall. I'm getting to the point where I will just format the entire HDD and start from scratch.

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26 Aug 2012   #12

Windows 7 x64

I've found the answer! For some reason, the affected files have "This file came from another computer and might be blocked" on the General tab of the Properties options. 'Unblocking' those files causes them to behave normally.

I've never seen this before on any version of Windows and i've had Windows 7 for a couple of years or thereabouts and not seen it before on that either.

There is a GPEDIT command to cause the Windows to not save 'stream' info, which I gather is the root of this problem. Although it won't work retrospectively, it will work on any future files downloaded from the 'net.

I also understand there is an option in IE to stop this but being that IE isn't installed, I won't be doing it.

I'll see if there is something similar in Firefox.
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