Running Programs as a Windows Administrator

To do many tasks on a computer, you are required to have special permissions not granted to anyone else. These permissions are what makes you an administrator on your computer.

The Problem

Even though you may be the only user on a computer, you sometimes find that you fail to run certain programs because you are not an administrator.

You wonder why you fail to run a program as an administrator yet the computer is yours and you are the only one. You go to the User Accounts and you find that you are listed as an administrator, so why will you be failing to run programs with elevated permissions?

The Solution

Certain actions require what are known as elevated privileges: these are actions that must be carried out by someone who understands the effects of those actions. These may involve drastic changes to the operating system, some of which may have undesirable side effects.

So even if you are the only owner of the computer, you cannot carry out these actions unless you show that you are responsible. Most of these tasks fall into system maintenance category.

To run them, you right-click on the program or its shortcut. Remember that to right-click using a keyboard is to press the Shift-F10 or the Aplications key.

When the context menu comes up, arrow down to "Run As Administrator" menu item and press enter. The program will now be run in elevated mode.

The administrator setting helps you against programs or scripts that may be deployed to cause havoc in your system. So you would find that with each recent version of Windows, actions are now strictly monitored for their side effects not by whom are they run. You can now not easily modify the system folders without elevated permissions.

Until you indicate that you understand the effect by running a program "as administrator", you cannot unintentionally destroy important data on your computer.

Thank you for reading this post. I hope you would find it valuable during the course of the week when we will discuss system maintenance, beginning with task scheduling.