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    riskman Guest

    Administrative Headaches

    Been trying to read all the help regarding Admin permissions, but am still
    confused. I can't even add a printer when I'm logged in as Administrator (and
    only user of this machine).
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    Riskman

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    You might need to disable UAC in your user account and re-enable the default administrator accout for 80% compadibility with other programs. Most admins dont need UAC because of the headaches it causes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmex View Post
    Most admins dont need UAC because of the headaches it causes.
    Everybody needs UAC, or more specifically, every secure system works on a least privilege model.

    For one of it's first victories see Brandon Paddock's Blog - UAC to the rescue!

    To all the UAC naysayers - this is certainly only the first of many examples proving its value (especially it’s use in IE’s Protected Mode).

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    riskman Guest

    RE: Administrative Headaches

    Clarification - I'm using Vista Premium Home Edition.
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    Riskman


    "riskman" wrote:

    > Been trying to read all the help regarding Admin permissions, but am still
    > confused. I can't even add a printer when I'm logged in as Administrator (and
    > only user of this machine).
    > --
    > Riskman


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    Re: Administrative Headaches

    riskman wrote:
    > Been trying to read all the help regarding Admin permissions, but am still
    > confused. I can't even add a printer when I'm logged in as Administrator (and
    > only user of this machine).




    What happens when you try? What specific error messages do you get?
    What do your system event logs report? What specific troubleshooting
    steps have you already taken, and what were the results of each?

    I'm afraid that no one can help if you don't provide at least a
    modicum of pertinent information.

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    riskman, create a new admin user and see if the new user will allow you to add a printer or other things.

    Arteekay, My reasons (rant) why UAC is not needed... Administrators do not need UAC because most privileged server fuctions get denied access to windows services they require also most administrators are smart enough not to run any program likely to cause infestations or undesired actions on there computer (IE7/IE6/outlook to name a few) IE in inherently flawed because of its complete intergration with windows and protected mode was designed to provide a shield between fuctions, UAC detects calls made to services and asks the user if the process should or shouldnt be asking for that privilege, it doesnt stop a thing if you clicked accept.. brandons blog was talking about the protected mode stoping a program from running so if most others used another web browser UAC is not required because its only fuction is to ask you if it should or shouldnt be asking for it.
    It will definalty not help stop anything soon when malicious programs are modified to disable it and other windows protections though the registry, its a easy process.

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