1.    31 Mar 2016 #1
    Join Date : Mar 2016
    Posts : 1
    windows 7;windows 10

    If I am the user

    If I am the only user, why do I keep needing "administrator approval"? I AM listed as administrator. I've tried both "local" and "Microsoft Account" and still can't do things. Help?
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  2.    31 Mar 2016 #2
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 2,954
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1709 Build 16299.125

    Hello and welcome to the TenForums

    Are you referring to the confirmation window that appears everytime you are making a change to your computer? If so this is normal behaviour. See below:

    Definition for Administrator accounts:

    Administrator accounts have complete access to the PC and can make any desired changes. Administrators can be a local account or Microsoft account. If any action that requires elevated rights is attempted while signed in as an administrator, Windows will display a UAC prompt for the administrator to confirm (Yes or No) or enter their password first.
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  3.    31 Mar 2016 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 770
    Windows 7

    In Vista and later even admin level accounts do not by default have full access rights but only those of a standard user. This is by design. An account with full rights is convenient but not very secure. The problem is that if you accidentally run malicious software, and this is very difficult to fully avoid, it will be able to do pretty much anything it wants to. That is bad. But with only standard rights it will be very limited in what it can do. That is good. And by adding the extra step it helps to avoid making accidental changes you did not wish to make.

    When XP was released using an unrestricted admin account for general use was acceptable but still not recommended. But the risks now in 2016 are much greater and using such an account is no longer an acceptable risk.

    With UAC enabled, the default setting, you must ask for full the full rights of the admin account. This is a reasonable compromise between security and convenience. Security always has it's price, and not just with computers.

    It is possible to run an admin account with full rights but you will find many things do not work. This too is by design. This is insecure and definitely not recommended. I will not describe the process.
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  4.    31 Mar 2016 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 2,948
    10.4 Home 1709 x64

    You can keep UAC on and create elevated shortcuts to desired software or system settings.

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