You'll need to provide administrator permission to rename this folder


  1. mck
    Posts : 122
    Windows 10 Home
       #1

    You'll need to provide administrator permission to rename this folder


    I don't get it. I get this message from Win10 Home:

    "You'll need to provide administrator permission to rename this folder"

    but when I click the "continue" button, it does it anyway. This happens for various things in Win10. It pops up the messages for nothing since it does them anyway when I click "continue".

    Anyway to stop these annoying, useless Win10 pop up messages?
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  2. mngerhold's Avatar
    Posts : 663
    W10-2009 19042.928
       #2

    See Change User Account Control (UAC) Settings in Windows 10

    If it continues without your providing any credentials, that means you are logged in as 'an' administrator (not necessarily 'the' Administrator).
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  3. mck
    Posts : 122
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #3

    mngerhold said:
    See Change User Account Control (UAC) Settings in Windows 10
    If it continues without your providing any credentials, that means you are logged in as 'an' administrator (not necessarily 'the' Administrator).
    Here's my adminsistrator setting:
    You'll need to provide administrator permission to rename this folder-administrator-setting.jpg
    Am I "the" admistrator?
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  4. Samuria's Avatar
    Posts : 6,195
    windows 10
       #4

    Windows now protects the o/s more and even as admin you have no rights to some folders as if malware get on your account it could brick the o/s if you had full rights.
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  5. lx07's Avatar
    Posts : 5,479
    2004
       #5

    Samuria said:
    Windows now protects the o/s more and even as admin you have no rights to some folders as if malware get on your account it could brick the o/s if you had full rights.
    That simply isn't true.

    If you are part of Administrator group you are allowed to do anything and so is any program started under your permissions. If you are a standard user you can't.

    The difference is it now blocks certain directories but if you are an admin user (or a program started as such) you have authority to override this anyway.

    There is no security advantage when 99% of Windows home users are part of Admin group and 99% say "yes" to any question.
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  6. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 19,681
    10 Home x64 (21H1) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #6

    mck said:
    I don't get it. I get this message from Win10 Home:
    "You'll need to provide administrator permission to rename this folder"
    but when I click the "continue" button, it does it anyway....

    Even though you are signed in as an administrator, most of the time you are acting with the permissions and privileges of a standard user. This is so that malware doesn't have a free hand. Because by default your administrator account is running as a standard user, then if malware tried to run you'd get a UAC prompt asking for your permission to let it do so. Be very careful not to hit 'continue' automatically if it appears unexpectedly!

    The full meaning of the 'continue' button can be though of as 'Yes, this one time use my full administrator permissions to do this'. If you had tried the same thing signed in as a standard user, then after clicking 'continue' you would be asked for the name and password of another account that is an administrator.
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  7. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1
       #7

    There are two types of Administrators - Built-in Administrator and Administrator.

    For the Built-in Administrator, UAC does not run.

    For the "standard" Administrator (not to be confused with a Standard user), UAC does run.

    The message you received is from UAC...it's saying "if you want to change this, you need to prove you can".

    When you clicked, you provided the proof.

    However, that said, "ownership" of a file or folder is another issue.

    For example, if Trusted Installer, or System is an owner, you will not be able to make changes unless you change the owner in the Security tab of the the file Properties window, even if you are a "standard" Administrator.
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