Quote: Originally Posted by carloak
Everytime I use notepad I need the administrator token. I am always editing .ini files in a program files directory. So I have to right click then click "run as administrator" every time and then do a file open and navigate to the directory every time.
This is not proper programming technique. I am an administrator on this machine and so therefore I should be able to change anything on it. I OWN
the machine. It's mine to do with as I please. I do not want to jump through hoops to do what I need to do. I could even see if notepad were to bring up a UAC confirmation. But just 'Access denied'? I need notepad to automatically run as an administrator but that can't be done. Guess I'll have to find a notepad replacement. Thanks Microshaft. They did it to me again. They gave me the shaft.
This is not proper administrator thinking
If you were thinking as an admin you would realize that Microsoft has done you a favor here.
The problem is if you open up these types of constant-on admin holes in your system then ANY OTHER PROGRAM that is run under your user account also then has potential free admin access to your system through those same programs.
This is VERY insecure.
The reason notepad is locked down is because it is a built in program on every version of windows and extremely well known. It would be one of the very FIRST things a virus (which would be running under your user account) would look to as a vehicle for privilege escalation which you are handing to it on a silver platter.
A true admin realises that when he needs to make admin changes to his system (Even if there are dozens a day) then he purposely raises his privilege to admin level as a conscious action for a limited time for that one purpose.
Yes you ARE the admin of your machine, but don't just hand over that privilege to every single program that runs under your user account, because that privilege should not be /theirs/.