How come my Windows Vista tells me I am not the administrator when I am the administrator?

by on May 18, 2009

Q: I have a new laptop with vista home premium. As administrator I tried to load a programme to no avail as the computer says I’m not the administrator. Checked User accounts in Control which say I’m the administrator?

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5 Responses to “How come my Windows Vista tells me I am not the administrator when I am the administrator?”
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    What program and version are you trying to install? Have you done anything like disabling User Account Control or done any other big system settings changes?

     
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    If the installer/program you’re trying to run was designed for previous versions of Windows, such as XP, Windows Vista needs to send an extra signal to the installer/program to force it to recognize you as an administrator. Sometimes, you may also need to fool the installer/program into thinking that it’s actually running on a different version of Windows.

    If all you need to do is run the installer/program as an administrator, simply right-click on its executable file and choose “Run as administrator”.

    If you need to fool the installer/program, right-click on its executable file => choose Properties => and experiment with various options in the “Compatibility” tab. I recommend that you begin by setting the compatibility mode to Windows XP SP2 and putting a checkmark in “Run this program as an administrator”.

    Does this help?

     
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      Not being used to Vista, where is installer programme? so that I can r/click choose properties.

       
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    Hi Kevin,

    An installer is software which installs a program onto your computer. Generally speaking, a program is the software which the installer installed. Changing compatibility settings for both installers and programs in Windows Vista is 99% the same as it is in Windows XP.

    It is sometimes difficult to differentiate one file from another in Microsoft Windows. To fix this problem in Windows Vista, go Organize => Folder and Search Options => View => single left-click to uncheck the Hide Extensions for Known File Types option => single left-click on Apply, then on OK. A similar procedure can be used in previous versions of Windows.

    If you need to change the compatibility settings of an installer that is on a floppy disk, CD, DVD, etc, go Start Menu (blue ball in lower left corner of your screen) => Computer => double left-click into the drive where the installation media is => the installation program will probably be called setup.exe.

    If you’re downloading an installer from the internet, save (not open) the installer to the location of your choice (desktop, Downloads in your user folder, etc). Be sure to note the name of the installer so that you can find it more easily. Close your internet browser. Go to the location on your computer where you told the installer to save itself. If the installer has .zip at the end of its name instead of .exe, you will need to “unzip” the installer prior to installation. To unzip a .zip, right-click on the .zip => choose Extract All => follow the wizard’s instructions. A new folder will be created, and the installer will be inside. Again, the installer will most likely be called setup.exe.

    If you need to change the compatibility settings of a program that already exists on your computer, go Start Menu => All Programs and locate the program whose compatibility settings you wish to modify.

    Does this help?

     
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    Oops! The full procedure for unhiding known extensions is: Start Menu => Computer => Organize => Folder and Search Options => View => single left-click to uncheck the Hide Extensions for Known File Types option => single left-click on Apply, then on OK.