I am logged in through the only account defined on my new Windows 7 Professional PC. Despite it being a (password-protected) administrator account, every time I need to copy files on the C: system partition, install software, run Regedit, etc, Windows comes up with an extra confirmation screen, to get past which I have to choose the "As Administrator" button - the operation then proceeds as normal, it's just annoying that the confirmation screen is always there.

Also, several programs that I would like to have integrated in the Windows context (right click) menus cannot be integrated, presumably because of the same ambiguity with regards to the Administrator status of the account - and then there is no prompting from Windows, making these program unable to operate as expected.

On my old Win7 PC, my Admin account appeared to have been configured in exactly the same way, yet I did not have these problems, and I was able to do any file operations, including in system folders such as \Program Files or \Windows. What shall I do? Thanks!

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    What you describe is normal – Ramhound Apr 12 '16 at 12:19
  • Don't log-in as admin and only elevate when you need to. Yes, whenever you need to elevate you provide credentials / another confirmation step. – RJFalconer Apr 12 '16 at 12:20
  • "I was able to do any file operations, including in system folders such as \Program Files or \Windows" this is a problem that you have fixed. Congratulations. Now if you do accidentally run a malicious program its damage is mitigated. – RJFalconer Apr 12 '16 at 12:21
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    I'd suggest that you reword your question a bit, which could help other users and yourself. Ask how you can easily elevate certain events and processes, while retaining your current UAC prompts. One answer is to start with making a simple shortcut when running as administrator: Go to properties, Advanced, and then check, "run as administrator". That shortcut will elevate any EXE's, batch files, and other processes that would normally require a UAC prompt, or not run at all. (This only works when running as an administrator). – DaaBoss Apr 12 '16 at 13:42
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    @longtalker superuser.com/a/1064534/53590 looks relevant to the final paragraph of your question. – a CVn Apr 12 '16 at 13:42