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#1 Junior2007

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 07:53 PM

Hello,

I recently discovered this website while searching for spyware information. Looks like a great site with very good tutorials. I am a computer novice, maybe a tad more advanced than a beginner, so bear with me if this question seems odd, but....

I was recently downloading Avast anti virus software. When the dialogue box appeared to ask what I wanted to do, either run or save the file, I clicked save, then tried to navigate to program files folder, but I got a window that said I do not have access to this folder! It's an HP Pavillion, Vista Home Premium, and I am logged in as the administrator of the computer. There are 3 other account users settings on it as well for my wife and kids, but they are not administartors, just normal password protected users. My question is, why was I denied access to the program files section, or folder, if I am the administrator?

My gut feeling is that it's some type of security setting in Vista (now there's a surprise!), but if anyone has some input I would appreciate it. Many thanks, and look forward to browsing this site many times in the future.

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 08:42 PM

My gut feeling is that it's some type of security setting in Vista

Yes, you're correct.

Have you seen this?

In previous versions of Windows, many users used the built-in Administrator account on a regular basis.
This account has full control over everything on the computer.

When you install Vista, you may be surprised to learn that the Administrator account is disabled by default.
That's to encourage you to follow best practices and create your own administrative account.
It also makes it a little harder for hackers; they all knew that the account named Administrator
existed and so had half of what they needed (the account name) to log on with it.

You can enable the built-in Administrator account if you really want to, by running the Command Prompt as administrator
(right click its icon and select Run as Administrator; click Continue at the UAC prompt) and typing the following:

net user administrator /active:yes

This causes the Administrator account to appear on the Welcome screen.
***Note that it does not have a password set by default; the first thing you should do is
set a strong password for it.


Edited by Jacee, 19 September 2007 - 08:42 PM.

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 08:54 PM

Great information, thanks.

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Posted 20 September 2007 - 06:18 PM

In Vista your account functions as a standard user until Administrative permissions are needed. In an Administrator account you'll get the UAC prompt to elevate to Administrative permissions if the program requests it - if it's just a plain standard user account then you'll have to provide Administrative credentials to elevate your permissions.

The way to make this work is to open the program as an Administrator (Run as adminiistrator). To do this, type "Windows Explorer" into the search bar at the start button. At the top of the list will appear Windows Explorer - right click on it and select "Run as Administrator" and Explorer will function as an administrator (which should grant you permission to view the Program Files folder).
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Posted 20 September 2007 - 08:31 PM

In Vista your account functions as a standard user until Administrative permissions are needed. In an Administrator account you'll get the UAC prompt to elevate to Administrative permissions if the program requests it - if it's just a plain standard user account then you'll have to provide Administrative credentials to elevate your permissions.

The way to make this work is to open the program as an Administrator (Run as adminiistrator). To do this, type "Windows Explorer" into the search bar at the start button. At the top of the list will appear Windows Explorer - right click on it and select "Run as Administrator" and Explorer will function as an administrator (which should grant you permission to view the Program Files folder).



Many thanks for this information. Just one question submitted by me, and already I'm getting some very good help.




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