Who is "Trusted Installer?"

  1. Posts : 388
    Win 7 Pro/32, Win 10 Pro/64/32

    Who is "Trusted Installer?"

    Several times when I want to maybe rename or delete a file, I get a message that I have to get permission from "Trusted Installer" before I can do what I want, or need, to do.

    I'm the only user on this system and I have Administrator Privileges, so why am I not the 'Trusted Installer' ???

    Any solution to this dilemma would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
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    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10

    Microsoft is the trusted installer
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  3. Posts : 3,257
    Windows 10 Pro

    First, some misconceptions on your part. You are not "getting permission from" TrustedInstaller. TrustedInstaller is the owner of the file or directory, and you must override that ownership to allow your own account to work with those files.

    TrustedInstaller is a Windows built-in account, technical called NT SERVICE\TrustedInstaller.

    TrustedInstaller is the owner of things like ProgramFiles, and Windows folders. When you install an application, the installer runs as the TrustedInstaller user. This is so that these folders can be prevented from being modified by normal users, such as if you accidentally ran a malware app. Even if you were silly enough to click Yes to the UAC prompt, it still could not overwrite the files.
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  5. Posts : 388
    Win 7 Pro/32, Win 10 Pro/64/32
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the help!
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  6. Posts : 651
    Windows 10 Pro (21H2)

    Kyhi said:
    Microsoft is the trusted installer
    I thought it was the cable guy....
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