Thursday, September 25, 2008

Windows Vista error during install, must be system administrator

For any of you who run across this problem and don't understand it because you know you're the computer's administrator, don't worry. It's one of the Vista security features. You are the administrator, however, unless you explicitly select to run the program as the administrator, you only have standard permissions. This keeps malicious programs from running under your user admin account because technically they don't have the permissions to do so. If you have the file downloaded already and are having problems when you double-click on it to run it, instead of double-clicking the install file, right-click and go to Run As Administrator (should be second thing from the top). That should help. If you're installing from a CD, you should be able to do the same thing to the CD icon. Otherwise you may have to right-click, choose Explore, then find the installer program on the CD and run that as administrator. Hopefully this helps.

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