> 1) Do we have to do the 'run as administrator' each time we open Explorer?
No. Actually, this doesn't do anything anymore - explorer cannot be ran as
administrator. I strongly disagree with Microsoft's decision to do this ...
however, as far as I know, this is the only exception.
> 2) I just opened explorer with the 'run as administrator' option and tried
> to deselect the read-only on files in my C: drive and it got pretty far
> the process but then I got that menacing error message about needing admin
> access. when I click continue, I get an error message saying 'access
> (this is the point where I was going into the security preferences, adding
> myself and giving myself full access) Is there a better way of doing this?
Like Kerry said, you should not change default permissions on your drive C.
The permissions are in place to protect your system from malicious programs.
Changing them removes this protection.
You should only change permissions on files you created.
> 3) Would there be any advantage in creating a 2nd user account and just
> using that acct all of the time?
Many people consider using a standard user account to be better than using
the default prompt-protected administrator account provided by Vista.
Although this is debatable, there are differences: If you run as a standard
user, you will receive less prompts asking for your permission. Also,
instead of just being prompted for permission, you will have to enter the
password for your administrative account in order to run a program that
It's up to you on this one
> Thanks for your help!
Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User
Windows Vista Support Faq