"April" <hostsafe_at_symbol_hotmail_period_com@this_is_my_ email_address.com>
wrote in message news:OmymNFtDIHA.5976@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>> First, of course, are you the Administrator, and logged on as such?
> There is no way to log in with the account "Administrator". Nonetheless,
> my user account does show as an "Administrator" if I go to the User Access
> Control page.
You're right: "THE Administrator" user account has been relegated to the
past. (Note that I'm a one-man, one-computer kind of guy and never had to
learn anything about permissions, users and such until Vista, and my
knowledge of such things is still quite sketchy. Others may correct some of
my limited understanding of these topics.) But even "an Administrator" is
subject to the User Account Controls in Vista, and some jobs can't be done
unless we "Run as Administrator".
For most applications, we can right-click on the icon or on the name in the
Start list, then click Run as Administrator. We must then furnish the
password, after which the application runs "elevated", with more than the
normal permissions. If we like, we can right-click the app and then
Properties and then, on the Compatibility tab, check the box to always "Run
this program as an administrator".
>> Even in a Command Prompt window, md won't work in the Program Files
>> folder unless you are running as Administrator.
> I can use a Command prompt and chdir to c:\users\April and create a new
> folder via MKDIR without any problems. But if I attempt to create a folder
> in the same c:\users\April folder via MY COMPUTER (aka EXPLORER.EXE), the
> same problem I described occurs...i.e., no new folder.
We can run Command Prompt as Administrator, either one-time or by setting it
on the Compatibility tab, as I said. Once we've done this (and furnished
the password), the Title Bar changes from Command Prompt to
Administrator:Command Prompt. Then every command we issue and every
application we start from this window will run elevated.
Even without elevation, we can create new folders in most locations, such as
in our own User folders. But we still will be restricted in Vista's special
locations and in other users' accounts.
By the way, in Vista, there is NO My Computer (or My Pictures or My
Documents, etc.) except as a holdover for compatibility with older Windows
versions. If you investigate, you will see that My Computer is not a real
folder; it is only a Junction that older programs can use to find your new
C:\Users\April\Computer folder. And Computer (or My Computer) is not "aka
EXPLORER.EXE", although it is one of several ways to run Explorer.
It might help you (and me, too) to read more about User Account Control
(which I mistakenly called User Access Control). One helpful article is in
the Help and Support file. Just search for "UAC" and read the second result
listed there, "Your permission, please".
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail beta 2 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 beta v.275)