This is happening because the prompt is coming from your e-mail program,
and not Windows itself. It sounds like it is trying to change the
default e-mail settings for the entire computer, and not just your
account, which needs administrator power (which the e-mail client does
It seems the e-mail program you are using does not yet know how to ask
for your administrator power.
In Windows Vista, only programs that you give permission for ("Windows
needs your permission to continue") are allowed to use your admin power.
This stops programs from using your admin power that you do not start or
that do not reasonably need admin power.
I would suggest using the "Set program defaults" control panel to tell
Windows that you want to use this e-mail program as your default.
- Click start
- Click Programs
- Click Default Programs
- Click Set your Default Programs
- Select your e-mail program, and then choose one of the buttons on the
If your e-mail program is not displayed there, then it would probably be
easiest to run the e-mail program with your administrator power one time
and then allow it to change the e-mail settings that it is wanting to
- Right-click the e-mail program
- Click Run As Administrator
I would suggest closing the e-mail program immediately after it changes
the setting, and then restarting it normally (without admin power).
Other than for this purpose, I can't think of a good reason an e-mail
program should be running with admin power.
Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User
Windows Vista Support FAQ - http://www.jimmah.com/vista/