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I know how to run the explorer on Win XP with admin privileges (for example, here is a description on SO). But is there a way to make those admin explorer windows look different from the "normal" user's explorer windows? For example, different background or frame color?

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PrivBar will get you what you want, by adding a toolbar that shows your current privilege level. Go here to get the latest binaries.

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Huh. That's a bit higher-tech than what I've got: I just set the toolbar background image for Administrator to something reddish using TweakUI, which doesn't help when I've used sudo and not runas... –  SamB Jul 5 '10 at 4:02
    
... and it seems to work pretty nicely, so +1! –  SamB Jul 5 '10 at 4:27

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