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Windows 8 wants Admin rights, but I AM an admin

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 64-bit

    Windows 8 wants Admin rights, but I AM an admin


    Okay, I'm very sure I set my account to be Admin, there's only one account anyway, yet W8 requests admin permission to do everything.

    All because of this, I can't change the .ini of a game, I can't update Neverwinter Nights using the updater, I can't save .inis or .txts anywhere except documents...It's annoying.

    I used to have W7 before, it never did this to me, but Windows 8 really deeply annoys me.

    Now I'll be specific by saying that I only have "Windows 8", no Enterprise or Pro.

    How can I make W8 stop nagging me everytime about admin rights? I AM an admin.

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I took ownership of everything to get rid of the nag messages.
    Someone else may have a better way...

    A tutorial---

    Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 8
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  3. #3


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
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    Even you are the Admin but to stop the nagging, you will need to set the User Access Control as shown:

    Click image for larger version

    Also, Make sure those .ini, .txt files are not set to read only. Just right click on the file->Properties. If set to read only then uncheck it, otherwise you will be asked to save the file somewhere else.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 08 Jul 2014 at 05:41.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 64-bit


    David Bailey, that is a good workaround, thanks, but I actually want a solution of it.

    topgundcp, that's what I actually did at the start, I completely disabled UAC, but it still wants me to get adminship.

    Could this actually be because I changed my account's name from Mayfair to Strogg?
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  5. #5


    San Jose - California
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    David Bailey, that is a good workaround, thanks, but I actually want a solution of it.
    It is OK for non system files. However, I would not do this for files under C:\Windows, C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files (x86)

    Could this actually be because I changed my account's name from Mayfair to Strogg?
    I am not sure about this, I've never done this. Normally, Windows goes by your SID (If I remember it right, it is a 64-bit unique number for each user created) so changing the name does not change the SID.
    The display name is Mayfair but I think it still point to C:\Users\Strogg.
    Did it happen before you change the name ?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 64-bit


    Yes, it actually did.

    Also, it's not just C: where it tells me to have admin rights, but G: as well.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 328
    Windows 8.1 (x64)


    Hmmm I use an User Account on Win 8, with UAC high and I don't have this kind of problems. I only get warnings when changing the configuration of the system. I even have NWN installed without problems, although I don't use the updater.

    Your problem though might be where you installed NWN. It's best to install old games in other locations than the default (Program Files) to something else like C:\Games\NWN\. I'd suggest reinstalling it.

    And taking ownership of system folders is a VERY BAD idea. Don't do it. It is there for a reason. Feel free to do it for G: though.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    And taking ownership of system folders is a VERY BAD idea. Don't do it.
    Why is that specifically ?
    It's caused me no problems.
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    San Jose - California
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    And taking ownership of system folders is a VERY BAD idea. Don't do it.
    Why is that specifically ?
    It's caused me no problems.
    You really shouldn't take ownership of a file unless you really need to. There are many articles on the security downfall of such an action.
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  10. #10


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    And taking ownership of system folders is a VERY BAD idea. Don't do it.
    Why is that specifically ?
    It's caused me no problems.
    You really shouldn't take ownership of a file unless you really need to. There are many articles on the security downfall of such an action.
    Point me to an article please.

    I am the only user.
    It's my computer.
    I should have complete ownership to begin with.

    Like I said, I "own" almost all things & have had no problems.

    What bad things happen if you own everything ?

    I'm not arguing here.
    Just looking for enlightenment.
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