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Offline MagicalPenTopic starter

Administrative Rights
« on: January 22, 2016, 10:35:35 AM »
I am clearly the only user on the computer and I am in the Administrator category, however a few times messages have popped up saying 'you need to have administrative rights to do this'. I don't quite understand why its doing this? If I am the Admin, then shouldn't I have all the Admin rights?

Offline The Dark Raven

Re: Administrative Rights
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2016, 10:45:09 AM »
Windows is weird like that.  It should give you the option to run as administrator.  Do you, by chance, have a separate user account for you from the primary account on the computer?

Offline MagicalPenTopic starter

Re: Administrative Rights
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2016, 11:31:07 AM »
Nope. Just the one account on the computer.

I don't know how to run the 'cmd' prompt as an Admin. It was also not letting me stop Windows Update from searching as I wasn't an Admin either. Which makes no sense...

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Re: Administrative Rights
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2016, 11:40:53 AM »
You can set up a shortcut to cmd.exe and right click to run as an administrator.

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Re: Administrative Rights
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2016, 11:41:39 AM »
There's actually one program on little Oni's machine that does that and that she hasn't been able to use as a result.  Only one account, which is marked as the administrator account (used to be my nephew's machine).

Offline MagicalPenTopic starter

Re: Administrative Rights
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2016, 11:55:38 AM »
I didn't have this issue prior to re-installing windows. I may just wait until next week when I get a new SSD etc and will do a fresh install etc.

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Re: Administrative Rights
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2016, 12:04:14 PM »
Its to prevent people who don't know what they are doing from poking around in things and running commands they should not be playing with.

my mother being one of them...sighs she once some how managed to format her c drive which a book told her how to do when she was trying to learn how to use her computer...but she neglected to read the part that told her what a format was... I encourage my mother to learn things but...I admit I did get frustrated sometimes when she would only read half way and start clicking on things she shouldn't. I had to reinstall and she was mad because somehow I could not magic up her files again from the ether. I got her an external hard drive that year and showed her how to back things up to it...which she still bitches about having to do. but unless she does I will not fix her computer anymore for free.

and if you need the cmd prompt you type it in your search bar and do not click enter.... wait until it loads in the programs box as an option and then right click and run as admin. I hope this was helpful?

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Re: Administrative Rights
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2016, 12:11:10 PM »
Its to prevent people who don't know what they are doing from poking around in things and running commands they should not be playing with.

Now, that would be a reason for the technically-apt person to be the one accessing through the admin account, while the (admittedly primary) user got an actual 'user account' with whatever necessary restrictions set up.  Little Oni's first machine was like that, but she's progressed (learning C++ now!) to the point that she's able to be trusted to either a) ask the more technically-apt person for assistance or b) not poke the places she shouldn't poke.

Offline MagicalPenTopic starter

Re: Administrative Rights
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2016, 12:59:58 PM »
I am not a 'beginner' when it comes to windows.

I am a video game player, so mess around with a lot of mods and games, a lot of which don't like being installed on the C-drive etc because of those 'admin rights' issues. I have never been locked out of certain 'cmd' commands before, so I don't know why its an issue now on this fresh install.