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Standard User Permissions

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Standard User Permissions


    I set up my administrator account and standard user account. Both are Live. Alienware Laptop. On the standard account, users can not even run a game (original Fable that requires disk to start up) without it asking for my password. Which is not always convenient seeing as how I work and all. How do I allow standard users to run programs but not make changes to the computer? So far I have not seen any threads about this. I've been going around in circles in control panel searching for anything that would allow me to grant permission permanently but so far I have found nothing.

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello SquishyBell, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Normally you could use the method in the tutorial below to allow a standard user to "Run as administrator" a program without getting an UAC prompt, but this does not always work with games. If you like, you could give it a try to see if it may work for you.

    Elevated Program Shortcut - Create for Standard User - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    lost


    After studying this page to understand what it means I'll give it a shot Results to be posted soon.

    Ok I read the first sentence and was immediately lost. It said to activate a built in elevated administrator account. When I clicked on that to see what on earth it was talking about it was talking about Windows 7. The fix is supposed to be for Vista, 7, and 8 but I am not sure what this is. I got this laptop from Rent-A-Center. So the only user available was the Rent-A-Center account. I renamed it and merged my existing Microsoft account with it so now I'm the admin. Does that make me the built in admin? I am very confused about this.
    Last edited by SquishyBell; 08 Sep 2013 at 21:53. Reason: I already don't understand the solution post.
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    No. The built-in "elevated" Administrator is a separate account that is named "Administrator" at sign in.

    Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
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    Windows 8


    There was no account called "administrator" The only one that ever showed up was called "Rent-A-Center" Thanks to the place it was purchased from. I'll just go ahead and assume this is the correct account to try it on. I'm off tomorrow so I'll try it then.
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    They could have renamed the built-in "Administrator" to that.

    One way to tell is that while signed to any other administrator account, disable the built-in Administrator account, then sign out and click on the back arrow (if needed) to see all users on the sign in screen. If "Rent-A-Center" is still there to sign in with, then it's not the built-in Administrator account.
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