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#1 Ubtree

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 11:38 AM

I am an experienced user, but by no means an expert, and I'm having problems with administrator permissions since moving to Windows 10.  For example:

  • One program will not run unless the "Run this program as an administrator" box, under the program's "Properties - Compatibility" tab is checked.
  • When I try to change the name of a start menu shortcut folder, the error message "You'll need to provide administrator permission to remame this folder" appears.  If I click "Continue", it accepts the name change.

Since I am logged on as an administrator ( - there is only one user account set up, and therefore it has to have administrator rights),  I do not understand this behaviour.

 

Can anyone help me with this?



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#2 britechguy

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 11:49 AM

This has been standard Windows behavior for some time now.  I've gotten this kind of response since Win7 (and used to find it as annoying as you do).

 

Even if you are an administrator, not everything you attempt to do is run with administrator privileges by default, and that's intentional so as to avoid some "common accidents."

 

For things you routinely trigger from your desktop you can go into the shortcut properties, advanced, and check the "Run as Administrator" checkbox.  This will make that particular program automatically run with elevated administrator privileges when you run it using that shortcut.

 

Some of this was able to be reduced via tweaking User Account Control (UAC) as well.

 

Have you gone straight from an XP environment to Win10?  I ask only because I'm surprised you haven't already encountered this behavior in the past if you were using any Windows version later than Vista.


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Posted 06 November 2015 - 11:55 AM

Have you gone straight from an XP environment to Win10?  I ask only because I'm surprised you haven't already encountered this behavior in the past if you were using any Windows version later than Vista.

Thank you for the rapid reply!  No, I skipped Windows 8, but used Windows 7 extensively.  In Windows 7, I found that if I set UAC to "Never notify" ( I know - not recommended ! ), I no longer suffered from these nags.  The same setting in Windows 10 has not resolved the issue.



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Posted 06 November 2015 - 12:26 PM

Someone else will have to chime in as to whether there exists a tweak in Win10 settings that will eliminate the nags you refer to.  I don't know of one and have become so accustomed to them, and they don't occur very often, that I just click "Continue" (or whatever the appropriate affirmative response is in the context) and proceed.


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Posted 06 November 2015 - 12:28 PM

I've no doubt that I'll get used to them  -  but it would be nice not to have to !

 

Thank you again for the response.



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Posted 06 November 2015 - 01:18 PM

In my win 10 on this PC I have found no way to make changes permanent. I still get the uac prompt now and again when trying to run certain functions. Like you I am in a Admin account when this happens but says I do not have full admin privelages and need to elevate them.

A real nuisance at times.

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 01:24 PM

Like you I am in a Admin account when this happens but says I do not have full admin privelages and need to elevate them.

That's reassuring.  My experience in this area is not that wide, and I was assuming that I must have missed something.  But it looks as though Microsoft may have tied things down even tighter.






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