I've been using Windows 7 for many years. I just purchased a new machine about a week ago. I installed all my traditional applications (MS Office, VS2015, SolidWorks, Matlab, ...). Friday everything was going just fine after a week of use.

However, yesterday VS2015 and SolidWorks suddenly required 'Run as Administrator' to function properly. Seems suspicious.

  • Why would this change 'overnight'?
  • Does it imply an inconvenient Windows update?
  • People 'say' that 'good software' should never require 'Run as Administrator'. Did Microsoft mess up their own VS2015? Is SolidWorks not 'good software'?
  • Does it imply something more insidious like a virus?
  • Seems like my AppData directory ownership changed. How could this happen without my explicit actions? Jun 20, 2016 at 4:02

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Does it imply something more insidious like a virus, no virus comes with a purpose.

Try this Right-click on the program's shortcut (or exe file) and choose Properties.

Switch to the compatibility tab and uncheck the box next to "Run this program as an administrator". Click "ok".


How to remove Run as Administrator? - Microsoft Community

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    I understand the work-around. I don't understand what changed in my O/S. On Friday, I didn't need to 'Run as Administrator'. What changed in my system requiring me to run all applications as administrator? Jun 20, 2016 at 2:57
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    Do I really need to change this on every single application? Seems like a kludge... Jun 20, 2016 at 2:57
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    I don`t think so, look at the user setting in the control panel. Maybe you logged in with another user
    – Mark
    Jun 20, 2016 at 13:14
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    No. I own my laptop. There is only one user. UAC settings were not changed by me. Jun 20, 2016 at 18:14

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