admin acct not always admin?

Hewlett-packard Mini 2140 netbook
December 10, 2009 at 17:46:49
Specs: Vista home premium, 2 G
I have only 1 user acct on the computer which is admin and sometimes when I try to install software it says I need to be an admin? and other times I can load software but I don't understand how it asks for me to be an admin when I am already. I may just relaod the computer from scratch or upgrade to windows 7 but I really didn't want to do that right now, does anyone have any idea why this would happen?

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#1
December 10, 2009 at 18:10:06
The default administrator account is not called "Admin". Therefore, you are logging in a user you created.Perhaps this users account is setup as a "limited" user and not an "administrator"? It could also be that the programs you are trying to install are not designed for Vista, and are getting screwed up by the UAC. You can try running the installers in compatibility mode, or you could try disabling UAC.

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#2
December 11, 2009 at 04:36:14
the account is listed as administrator I even double checked that, the latest program I was trying to install did have vista listed and it didn't say incompatible just needed admin rights which is why I think this is all odd since everything seems to be the way it should be. I will try to install as you stated hopefully that will work. Thanks for your suggestions

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#3
December 11, 2009 at 09:26:58
What is one of the programs that gives you problems? Does it only complain when installing, or also when running it (after installed)?

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#4
December 11, 2009 at 13:23:53
You should make a limited or standard user and use it always. Then use the admin password when it asks for it. It will protect your system.


I agree on the admin user being able to log on and be the only user.. It should not be that way.

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#5
December 15, 2009 at 07:40:02
thanks for the help, but I decided I didn't need that piece of software so its not an issue now

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