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Old 01-12-2008
Bogdan
 

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Run As or Open
hi.
i have a question for you guys...
On my Vista OS, i have only a user account (Administrator, Full Control).
What is the diference btw task "Run As Administrator" or "Open", what
advantace can offer me to run every application with "Run As Administrator" ?
or not?
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Old 01-12-2008
Rick Rogers
 

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Hi,

The difference is in elevation of privilege. In normal mode, an admin-level
user will not have access to write to or alter designated system folders.
Using the elevated "run as admin" prompt will allow this. It is a
self-elevation that allows a process the necessary permissions to make
changes in protected folders. This is done to prevent malware from usurping
admin privileges from the user's account level to access/alter system files
without the user's consent (commonly seen now as the UAC prompt). This was
implemented due to the common user practice of using administrator accounts
for day to day operation. Software created for Vista runs from a virtual
folder in a user account's appdata directory, where the user has sufficient
write/change privileges without elevating. Older software is often
hard-coded to write to the actual Program Files or System folders, and that
requires the extra elevation of the "run as admin" as they are protected
system folders.

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"Bogdan" <Bogdan@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> hi.
> i have a question for you guys...
> On my Vista OS, i have only a user account (Administrator, Full Control).
> What is the diference btw task "Run As Administrator" or "Open", what
> advantace can offer me to run every application with "Run As
> Administrator" ?
> or not?
> Thank You. Reply Request.


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