Administrator and "invisible doors"

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Administration' started by Michael in Columbus Ohio, Mar 31, 2007.

  1. I am new to VISTA. As I try to move around in my PC I discover many folders
    are missing things I know are there. I can open the folder as Administrator
    and the missing items appear! I try to open applications and I'm told I need
    permission from the Administrator (ME!) to continue.

    This maze of false doors and blocked passageways is driving me nuts. How can
    I simply use everything in my PC again and not have this goofy and constant
    interruption to everything I do? Security is one thing, but this is way over
    the top!
     
    Michael in Columbus Ohio, Mar 31, 2007
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  2. Michael in Columbus Ohio

    mikeyhsd Guest

    a lot of the usual folders are moved under USERS and your user name.







    I am new to VISTA. As I try to move around in my PC I discover many folders
    are missing things I know are there. I can open the folder as Administrator
    and the missing items appear! I try to open applications and I'm told I need
    permission from the Administrator (ME!) to continue.

    This maze of false doors and blocked passageways is driving me nuts. How can
    I simply use everything in my PC again and not have this goofy and constant
    interruption to everything I do? Security is one thing, but this is way over
    the top!
     
    mikeyhsd, Mar 31, 2007
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  3. Michael in Columbus Ohio

    Paul Guest

    To gain full control of your computer you must disable UAC.

    1. Click Start
    2. Control Panel
    3. User Accounts
    4. Make changes to your User Account
    5.Turn User Account control on or off
    6. Uncheck the box...Use User account control (UAC) to help protect your
    computer.
    7. Click OK button

    Thats it. Now you have control of your computer.

    NEXT... to keep from logging in every time you turn on the computer,

    Still in control panel...
    1. Click Parental Controls
    2. At the computer Administrator icon click to remove password or (no
    password).
     
    Paul, Mar 31, 2007
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  4. Michael in Columbus Ohio

    Kerry Brown Guest

    Here's a good explanation of UAC and the new security features in Vista.

    http://www.jimmah.com/vista/Security/uac.aspx

    Contrary to some of the other posts I recommend you do not turn off UAC. It
    will seriously compromise the security of your computer and it will cause
    problems with some programs.
     
    Kerry Brown, Mar 31, 2007
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  5. Thank you, Paul.

    I read some of the material suggested by Kerry. I am not convinced such
    drachonian controls are required in my situation. I live alone and I am the
    only person who will ever use the computer.

    The only security issues I have are through the Internet. I don't want other
    people using my PC or stealing my information.

    If I disable UAC, will I lose access to the things that are currently in the
    Administrator's private collection? I'll let you know in a little while!
     
    Michael in Columbus Ohio, Mar 31, 2007
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  6. Kerry is right...unfortunately.

    I went through the turn off UAC routine. I had to re-boot, and discovered
    nothing had actually changed except that UAC was off and I needed to reset it
    and do a cold boot. I'm back after the cold boot, Administrator is once again
    free to hide things from me and put invisible roadblocks everywhere I want to
    go.

    If only I had known before I purchased VISTA. This is one awful operating
    system. I'm stuck with it. I tried to go back to XP but VISTA won't let me. I
    spent close to $500.00 for VISTA Home Premium plus Office Home and Student
    2007. The Office purchase was because I was told at Staples that Office
    Professional 2003 was incompatible with VISTA.
     
    Michael in Columbus Ohio, Mar 31, 2007
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  7. Michael in Columbus Ohio

    Robert Wolfe Guest

    I can't believe you were told that, because I run Office 2003 Professional
    here on my Vista Business-powered laptop without any problems.
     
    Robert Wolfe, Apr 1, 2007
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  8. Michael in Columbus Ohio

    Kerry Brown Guest

    You were misinformed about Office 2003. It works fine in Vista. You have
    also been misinformed about going back to XP. Backup your data, reinstall XP
    and your programs, then restore your data. Do you have an XP CD or a set of
    manufacturer's restore disks?
     
    Kerry Brown, Apr 1, 2007
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  9. Right again, Kerry. Unfortunately for me, I've made many costly mistakes in
    the past few weeks. I have my own copy (legit) of Windows XP Home Edition but
    I find now I rather want to make VISTA work for me - or should I say, I want
    to adpat to what VISTA has to offer. The store salesman who told me I "had"
    to buy the new Office Suite was either dishonest or simply ignorant. I should
    have done my homework first.

    ROXIO/Sonic Solutions is on my hit list at this time. They sold me Easy
    Media Creator 9 in mid January. It worked nicely on XP, but as you know the
    Sonic Solutions DLA driver is incompatible with VISTA. ROXIO now advtertises
    compatibility with VISTA. This is blatantly dishonest and unethical. I
    purchased Easy Media Creator Deluxe 9 in hopes the "new" compatibility with
    VISTA would solve my problems. SONIC messed up the order, charged me twice
    for the same thing and the product still is no good with VISTA. I'll start by
    appealing the double charge at my bank. Whether or not the Ohio State
    Attorney General or U.S. Post Office get involved will be determined by any
    response I am still waiting for from ROXIO on this matter. They do a great
    job of ignoring customers.
     
    Michael in Columbus Ohio, Apr 3, 2007
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  10. Michael in Columbus Ohio

    Kerry Brown Guest

    I too was disappointed with Easy Media creator 9. It caused me a lot of
    grief. Once I uninstalled it a lot of multimedia stuff started working
    again.
     
    Kerry Brown, Apr 3, 2007
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