I just bought a new laptop with Windows Vista and created a user account, which is also an administrator account being the only account. Yet I have no administrator privileges !!!! I can't install anything, including msn messenger as I am told that I do not have permission!!! Then who the hell has permission??
Does anyone know what's going on?
It is a 'feature' of Windows Vista: User Account Control (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/aa905108.aspx)
Right-click on the install program and select "Run as administrator". I don't know if MSN Messenger is compatible with Windows Vista, but you can install Windows Live Messenger (it is the new name of the MSN Messenger) from http://get.live.com/messenger/overview
- Proposed as answer by ScottQ Thursday, January 08, 2009 12:15 AM
Margaret Ruth, you could try this:
First run Regedit (Start, Run, regedit.exe, OK).
Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows NT \ CurrentVersion \
Winlogon \ SpecialAccounts \ UserList
Click on File, Export to save the key before you modify it
Create a new DWORD value called Administrator (Click Edit, New, DWORD, type in Administrator in the
Double-click on the new Administrator entry and set its value as 1 (one)
Now, in Windows Explorer, right click on the program you want to install and and select Run As...
Click on the radio button for "The following user"
Select yourself from the username list and enter your password in the proper box, click OK
The installation of the program should now proceed as if you were a logged in Administrator.
- Proposed as answer by thari2564 Monday, January 05, 2009 8:00 PM