In Windows 7 you must be an Administrator to install or do certain functions in Windows 7. Majority of the time it ask you if you want to run as administrator to do what needs to be done. However there have been a few cases where I could not do something because I was not the administrator. How do I always run Windows 7 as an administrator?


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You can disable UAC (though not recommended for long term use):

Go to User Account Control Settings.

Type in UAC, or go to the System and Security applet.

Click on the "Change User Account Control Settings" link.

Move slider to NEVER NOTIFY.


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    Though this is not recommended. This means you will never see a message when an app starts to run. So it might be easy to catch some nasty viruses without UAC. May 31, 2012 at 17:54
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    @SimonVerbeke - I was afraid of that. Thanks for the warning.
    – L84
    May 31, 2012 at 18:00
  • Thanks for the information and your comment to open notepad as an administrator that solved my issue. Thanks!
    – L84
    May 31, 2012 at 18:01
  • @SimonVerbeke I could've sworn I said "not recommended", but I missed it.
    – Rob
    May 31, 2012 at 18:49

You can normally right click the program and select "run as administrator"

  • The issue I am running into is I need to change a .ini file and it is not letting me save the file out of notepad. Tells me I must be an administrator to do this.
    – L84
    May 31, 2012 at 17:48
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    You should start notepad as administrator.
    – Rob
    May 31, 2012 at 17:50

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