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Warning About "Administration" When Instaaling Some Apps

by zlzpqx / September 6, 2013 6:37 AM PDT

I had to reinstall yesterday Windows 7 on my HP PC, and have to download and reinstall some application programs which I used to have. While reinstalling Windows 7, I had identified myself as the system administrator, and still after downloading SOME, not all, of the application programs, after attempting next to go through the installment procedure, I get blocked with a warning message whose wording is sometimes a little different but is essentially the same. Thus, the message for installing LibreOffice is "System administrator has set policies to prevent this installation"; the message for Flashplayer is "You must be logged in as administrator when installing this program."

How do I solve the above strange problem of my inability to install some apps?

Thank you!

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Absolutely TRUE!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 6, 2013 7:01 AM PDT

There's some advice given about using Limited User accounts and you should see that message.

You bring up a good point here. That is, should Microsoft have supplied a more user friendly Windows install that didn't require owners to decide what account type there is?

Try it with a new admin account and even then, the message should pop up about "An admin account" or such is needed and to click OK to install. You may ask why this happens and it's all about security. Folk asked for this!
Bob

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To Enable The Hidden "Administrator" Account In Windows 7
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 6, 2013 7:32 AM PDT

Click on Start, then type: "cmd" in the Search line, then RIGHT click on "cmd.exe" at the top of the search page, choose "Run as administrator".
At the command prompt, type: Net user administrator /active:yes
Press the "Enter" key..
An unpassworded Administrator account will now show up on the Welcome screen.

To disable it: Open the command window again, and type: Net user administrator /active:no
Press the "Enter" key.


Or With Windows 7 PRO:

Alternatively you can also enable or disable the administrator account from the Local Policy. Click on the start menu and type secpol.msc in the search bar and click enter. This opens the Local Security Policy. Navigate to Local Policies-> Security Options and here you can see an entry Accounts: Administrator account. Double click the entry to enable or disable.

Or...open the Control Panel, double click on "Administrative Tools", then "Computer Management", then "Local Users and Groups" on the left side of the screen, then the "Users" folder.. Once there, RIGHT click on the "Administrator" listing in the middle of the screen, select "Properties", then UNCHECK the "Account is Disabled" box. Click on "Apply", then OK

Hope this helps.

Grif

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