When can an installed program run itself as Administrator?


  1. Posts : 7
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    When can an installed program run itself as Administrator?


    Intel machine / Win 10 home / yada...

    Trying to move my sons out of my admin privileged account, into their own non-privileged account, and I'm discovering some confusion online, and now _I_ am confused as a result.

    Specifically:

    1. Installing a program usually requires the Administrator password, and generally executables are configured to only run under the permissions of the user invoking them, but does the program itself have the ability to run with Administrator privileges if it so chooses to?

    2. IOW, Can game launchers themselves then launch the individual games under any level of permissions?

    3. Does this mean that some user-developed addons for games that are not properly employing any sandboxing techniques can have free-reign of my system?

    Because of the extra layer of indirection involved:

    (me or my kids account installing?) -> Game Launcher -> Game -> addons

    ...I'm not at all sure of how to protect the system.

    Gamers seem to be giving me mixed signals about what actually happens, and a *lot* of it is centered on allowing (say) Steam itself to be installed without _knowing_ the admin password, which isn't the issue here.

    Question: If I install a game launcher under a regular user's account, it'll require an admin password for the installation itself, but does can it on its own give its various game executables "too many" permissions?
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  2. Posts : 16,563
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.3930
       #2

    1 No.
    2 No
    3 No
    Q Not sufficiently defined but probably No.

    "Trying to move my sons out of my admin privileged account" - Just create standard user accounts for them, change your own password to something they don't know and let them log in & start using their own accounts.

    Do write all user account passwords down somewhere secure yet accessible. I also always have a spare local Admin account in case of system corruption -
    my ditty - Create two spare local, password-protected Admin accounts [post #2] in Windows 10, 11 - TenForums


    Best if luck,
    Denis
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