Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Administrator permissions required to access/save/delete/…
I am Administrator!

A really annoying thing with Windows UAC is when you are logged in to an account with administrator privileges, but you keep getting prompts for “Admin permissions required…”.

Its the UAC, but before you go turning that off, more specifically its the “Admin Approval Mode” in UAC. For the built-in Administrator account this is disabled by default, but it is enabled for the administrators group. To disable:

  • Start > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy > Local Policies > Security Options.
  • Then find (third from the bottom) "User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode", right-click, properties, Disable.

You can see it already disabled (default) for the Built-in Admin account a few above (10 from bottom).

This worked for Server 2008, but I presume its similar for Vista, Windows 7, all UAC?

PS: while you’re busy configuring, check out god mode ;-)