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Windows 7: Login as administrator to install new software

16 Feb 2010   #1

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Login as administrator to install new software

Hi,

I just bought a new pc running Windows 7 and I have problems to install software.
Some programs can be installed smoothly but for others I get a warning "you must be logged in as an administrator"
When I check my account, it says "administrator" and I'm the only one using the computer.
Why do I get this message and what can I do to install my software anyway?

Thanks in advance for your help


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16 Feb 2010   #2

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Hello martine,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Try rt. clicking on the installer and select 'run as administrator'.

If you still have problems with a program take a look here: Compatibility Mode

Hope this helps.

Gary
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16 Feb 2010   #3

 

Try the above and if you do not need the freaking dialog box asking ur confirmation, then you must customize the way UAC works. Head up here..

User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings
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07 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64bit Home Premium
 
 

But the question is for god's sake, is:
When should I use administrator rights and when not??
Is a software installed using standard user account going to run properly?
What's the difference between a program installed using Admin rights and the same program installed using standar user?
How do i know i am not the Admin??

PLEASE, clarify this to me so i can proceed with the installation of my audio plugins...
ThaNK YOU very much

Sorry if this thread is already out of date....
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07 May 2010   #5

 

No worries..there would be no change in installing a software as Admin or standard user.
When you install any software, all/some files go to your root directory C:\ or C:\Program Files
For doing this, the software has to be installed using admin rights.
If the same software is initiated from a standard user, you would be getting a error as access denied.
To check what role u r in, head to control panel, user accounts and check your user role.
Some software like rogue ones install on their own, to stop this, UAC has been built. Whenever this kind of activity is initiated, UAC prompts you about it. If you know the source is legible, then you can allow, or else you can disallow it.
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08 May 2010   #6

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dre@ms View Post
No worries..there would be no change in installing a software as Admin or standard user.
When you install any software, all files go to your root directory C:\
For doing this, the software has to be installed using admin rights.
If the same software is initiated from a standard user, you would be getting a error as access denied.
To check what role u r in, head to control panel, user accounts and check your user role.
Some software like rogue ones install on their own, to stop this, UAC has been built. Whenever this kind of activity is initiated, UAC prompts you about it. If you know the source is legible, then you can allow, or else you can disallow it.
Incorrect (technically), actually.

See my explanation here: User Account or Admin rights to install softwares??

C:\ itself is not protected. for example, I can open Windows Explorer and create a folder in C:\ all day long, and in that folder I can create all types of files. however, I can't create anything in %ProgramFiles% nor %ProgramFiles(X86)% without a UAC prompt.

C:\ *IS* blocked from *files* in, but that is a different story altogether.

It is not just for rogue programs that C:\ was restricted, although that is a *chief* reason. And UAC was born out of multiple reasons as well, but that warning will actually help save you from most malware today, as long as you pay attention to what is going on.
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08 May 2010   #7

 

Thnx..but you have to read my post one more time..I have mentioned only when installing a software. By default, a installer installs a software only under program files. I havent said on a broader note that C:\ drive is completely protected.
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08 May 2010   #8

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dre@ms View Post
No worries..there would be no change in installing a software as Admin or standard user.
When you install any software, all files go to your root directory C:\
For doing this, the software has to be installed using admin rights.
If the same software is initiated from a standard user, you would be getting a error as access denied.
To check what role u r in, head to control panel, user accounts and check your user role.
Some software like rogue ones install on their own, to stop this, UAC has been built. Whenever this kind of activity is initiated, UAC prompts you about it. If you know the source is legible, then you can allow, or else you can disallow it.
Ummm, perhaps you meant something different?
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08 May 2010   #9

 

Ok, I should have mentioned c:\program files
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08 May 2010   #10

 

Yup, that would have been more appropriate. Still, though, not *every* program installs to the Program Files tree, but that change would have made it a lot more reasonable of a post.

tell ya what - you fix it an I'll delete these follow up posts and change my post to "For additional information see this reply I made earlier" post. Deal?
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