If I am logged in as administrator why don't programs run as administrator vista?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by RoaringLambs, Jun 13, 2007.

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    RoaringLambs Guest

    If I am logged in as administrator why don't programs run as administrator?

    I am editing files on my C: drive - html stationary used in Outlook, various
    other program defaults, etc.

    When I click on a file and "open with notepad" I cannot save the file. I
    must save it to another location then move it back into that folder - EVEN

    This is absurd!

    Is there any way around this?


    RoaringLambs, Jun 13, 2007
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    Mac Guest

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    Robert Firth Guest

    Only way around this is to turn of UAC, but I don't suggest it. I don't
    think I can fully explain UAC in this short a space (and most don't want to
    read about it anyway), but it is an important part of the new security in
    Windows Vista.


    As for the problem with notepad, that only happens in certain protected
    folders that need administrative privileges to write to.

    Robert Firth
    Robert Firth, Jun 13, 2007
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    Rock Guest

    Even when in an account with admin privileges you are still only running as
    a Standard user. Activities that admin rights will request elevation. Here
    are some links with info about UAC.

    Inside Windows Vista User Account Control (Mark Russinovich)

    Jesper Johansson's Blog

    Why is Windows Vista always asking for my permission: An explanation of UAC
    (User Account Control) by
    MVP Jimmy Brush

    Windows Vista User Account Control Step by Step Guide (TechNet)
    Rock, Jun 13, 2007
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    RoaringLambs Guest

    I understand UAC, however when I using notepad to edit files, and I have
    full control over a directory, it should allow me to save that file. Saving
    it somewhere else and moving it is just stupid. Otherwise I have to find a
    way to have the open with Notepad be an administrator version of notepad.
    also stupid...

    Just frustrated. UAC IS making life frustrating.
    RoaringLambs, Jun 13, 2007
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    Mark Guest

    Many of the folders on C are "super protected" - I think virtually
    everything in program files, and you simply cannot save over a file no
    matter what. I have had to save to the desktop, then drag and drop over the
    file to replace it. It is frustrating, I can see protecting the windows
    folders but I don't see why I have to jump through hoops just because I am
    making a change to an applications folder.

    Mark, Jun 13, 2007
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    Rock Guest


    Another thing to try is to launch notepad from an elevated command prompt.
    That gives notepad elevated privileges.
    Rock, Jun 14, 2007
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