Silly question here: why in Windows 7 (and presumably Vista/Server2008) are user accounts that are part of the Administrators group given an option to "Run as Administrator" when running executables, etc? My understanding is that the Administrator group (local administrator) is the highest privledge level already, so what does explicity selecting "Run as Administrator" do. I know I can't perform some actions unless I "Run as Administrator" so this implies that the Administrator group is not by default as powerful as it was in Windows XP?
If an account that is part of the Administrators group does not explicity run a process as Administrator then what privledges does it run under?
I can understand a user with lesser privileges being prompted to run something under a higher privledge using the administrator account/password (this uses the built in Administrator account?) and I understand that UAC prompting Administrators to proceed with actions is valuable, but not getting an Administrator to explicity run things as an Administrator.