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I'm running VS2K8 in Win7 64-bit. I'm logged in as admin and I'm running it as admin, but the program I'm working on fails with access denied when I call a restricted API. If run the program from Explorer with "Run as Administrator" it works.

I was under the belief that VS2K8 debugs programs with whatever rights VS2K8 itself is running with. As it stands I can't debug my application due to this and I'm at a loss as to what's going on.

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Although you are logged on as admin, any program you run in Win7 has reduced permissions. Therefore, even an admin needs to use "Run as Administrator" to run with full permissions.

Use Visual Studio with "Run as Administrator" to find out if that's what's going on.

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I haven't had any problems debugging applications on my machine so far, though. Even with UAC enabled and running as a standard user. – Joey Jun 20 '10 at 20:01
@Johannes Rössel: Me neither, but we don't know his exact configuration. This looks like a permissions problem, and UAC is normally to blame for "Run as Administrator" problems. – harrymc Jun 21 '10 at 6:19
Re-reading the question, it probably is enough when running VS with administrative privileges. They explicitly stated that “was under the belief that VS2K8 debugs programs with whatever rights VS2K8 itself is running with” – VS running as normal user simply cannot debug an application running as another user so that should suffice, I think. – Joey Jun 21 '10 at 8:33
@Johannes Rössel: Where in the post do you see running as another user? – harrymc Jun 21 '10 at 10:01
“with whatever rights VS2K8 itself is running with” points either to a different user or a restricted token. At least I read it like that. – Joey Jun 21 '10 at 17:45

Run Visual Studio as "Run as administrator" and in the manifest file set the value of requestedExecution level as requireAdministrator.

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