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Posted 19 September 2007 - 07:53 PM
Posted 19 September 2007 - 08:42 PM
Yes, you're correct.
My gut feeling is that it's some type of security setting in Vista
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 20 September 2007 - 06:18 PM
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).
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