"ativar" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Well, I guess, as the English PHD stated in a lecture, "Conjecture is a
> symantic, and all the world talks in symantics. So I conjecture that this
> symantic is not compatible with your symantic and therefore the conjecture
> a converstation is simply not symantic enough to be compatible."
> Now. I am still totally confused as to why I have to have administrator
> powers in order to save a program in a specific file folder. That is my
> basic question.
You *have* admin power. You can save anywhere you want. But, you have to
tells Windows that you want the program you are using to *use* this power,
if it doesn't ask for it.
> And if not allowing me> to save a program that is VISTA
> specific - as is the one I was attempting to save - is a security measure
> protect VISTA,
LOL, it is not a security measure to protect Vista. .. it is a security
measure to protect *you*. From the program that you are using to do the
download (i.e. perform an administrative action).
Vista doesn't know you want that program to be able to have full control
over your computer ... because it is too old to know how to ask for it. So
you have to let vista know that you want it to be able to use your admin
The reason certain folders are restricted in this way is because it contains
sensitive files that, if modified, could be used to take over your computer.
UAC protects you from programs that would modify these areas without your
knowledge or consent.
UAC prompts are not somehow controlling you or keeping you from doing
things... UAC does nothing of the sort. UAC protects you from the programs
that run on your computer, and puts you in control over them by 1) telling
you when a program runs that wants full access to your computer and 2)
giving you a chance to stop such programs from running. That is the only
thing that is going on
You seem to be really driving at "what is the difference between what is a
restricted/administrator action and what isn't", and pointing to the fact
that Microsoft has defined this seperation, and thus is round-aboutly in
control of your computer.
While it is true that Microsoft has defined the line between administrative
vs. non-administrative, this gives them NO control whatsoever over your
computer because you have the SOLE and EXPLICIT control over how programs
cross this line via the UAC prompt and the run-as-admin tool. Microsoft has
no control over what programs you choose to allow to cross this line - you
have the sole power to determine this.
If Microsoft wanted to control what you did on your computer, they would not
prompt you at all or give you the power to run programs with admin power.
You would simply be told what you are and are not allowed to do.
Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User
Windows Vista Support Faq http://www.jimmah.com/vista/