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Windows 7: Unknown Device Identifier

22 Mar 2010   #1
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Unknown Device Identifier

I installed a program by the title's name, but when I try to run it, it pops a short, but not so sweet error simply saying "Privileged Instruction". I set it to run as administrator, even though I'm logged in as administrator, and I even tried it in Safe Mode with the same result.

I don't think that I have seen an error quite like this, and I'm wondering how one becomes privileged enough to run it?


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22 Mar 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I installed a program by the title's name, but when I try to run it, it pops a short, but not so sweet error simply saying "Privileged Instruction". I set it to run as administrator, even though I'm logged in as administrator, and I even tried it in Safe Mode with the same result.

I don't think that I have seen an error quite like this, and I'm wondering how one becomes privileged enough to run it?
See wiki for more.

In computing, privilege is defined as the delegation of authority over a computer system. A privilege is a permission to perform an action. Examples of various privileges include the ability to create a file in a directory, or to read or delete a file, access a device, or have read or write permission to a socket for communicating over the Internet.
Users who have been delegated absolute control are called privileged. Users who lack most privileges are defined as unprivileged, regular, or normal users.
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22 Mar 2010   #3
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Since I ran it from the built-in administrator account, and also from Safe Mode, which is administrator also, how is it that I'm unprivileged?
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22 Mar 2010   #4
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Since I ran it from the built-in administrator account, and also from Safe Mode, which is administrator also, how is it that I'm unprivileged?
I just took a quick look on the site. The listed OS say nothing about 64 bit. Are you sure it claims 64 bit support?
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22 Mar 2010   #5
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

No, I'm not sure of anything, but since it did install, and the error does not appear to be platform related, I don't think that it matters about x64.
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22 Mar 2010   #6
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Have you tried contacting them for support?
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22 Mar 2010   #7
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I found a later version that looks as though it is going to work:

Download Unknown Device Identifier 7.00 Free - Identify unknown devices, search for drivers

And it does say that it supports W7 x64. At least the permissions error is gone.
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22 Mar 2010   #8
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I installed a program by the title's name, but when I try to run it, it pops a short, but not so sweet error simply saying "Privileged Instruction". I set it to run as administrator, even though I'm logged in as administrator, and I even tried it in Safe Mode with the same result.

I don't think that I have seen an error quite like this, and I'm wondering how one becomes privileged enough to run it?
Dump the software, it's got a serious bug in it.

"Priviledged Instruction" means it's a kernel level CPU op-code that can only operate at the core OS levels, generally dealing with hardware interupts and I/O operations... it's not something you put into user code.

Privileged Instructions - Definition

You can have all the priviledge in the world and that CPU ain't gonna let you run kernel mode instructions in an end user program.
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