My question is really priviledge/permissions related.
I have had my system for 2 years now and I cannot seem to get this process down. Does one:
1.) Log in as "Administrator" and then install
2.) Log in as a normal user and enter the Adminstrator password when prompted during the install?
3.) As a normal user, right-click the installer executable and choose "Run as administrator"?
4.) Change a normal user's account to and "administrator" account, install the application(s) and then change the user account back to normal when finished?
5.) Should User Access Control (UAC) be on or off?
I've had issues related to permissions on and off. I've never quite gotten a good understanding of the Vista security paradigm as it relates to software installs. I'm trying to understand what a good standard practice is or ways to recognize when to use one method over another.
Some examples of issues I've had are with applications like Palm Desktop v6.2 (my adventures with that: Palm Desktop HotSync Manager v7.x software install on 64-bit
), Macromedia (Adobe) Flash v10.x, Samsung New PC Studio v1.5.10064_2, Pocket Tunes v4, and a few others.
Some examples of issues I've had are: some programs partially run or don't run as a normal user. They run fine as Administrator. In some cases right-clicking the Desktop shortcut and choosing "Run as administrator" runs the application successfully, but this is not a good option for my kids and spouse.
Is it necessary to change some of the "compatibility" settings? How can one tell? What are some good resources to consult? Lots of software do not come with installation or release notes/instructions.