Solved Error Message: You need permission to perform this action

Hewlett-packard / Kj378aa-aba a6430f
November 20, 2013 at 07:58:27
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2.1 GHz / 3.00 GB
Sometimes when I am trying to do something, I get a popup that says,"You do not have permission to perform that action." Or something along that line. How can this be? I am the administrator of this computer. It is a home computer and no one else lives here to use it. Is there a way to change this setting?

Tammy


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November 21, 2013 at 06:12:04
The actual admin account was hidden in Vista and on installation created a user account with admin privileges. You are saying if I understand you, that you unhid the account sometime ago yourself and you are using only the actual administrator account? If that were correct I can't understand why you see those warnings, either.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!



#1
November 20, 2013 at 12:46:42
Turn off the UAC user account control.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!


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#2
November 20, 2013 at 12:53:23
If it tells you you again do not have permission. try this. Find the command prompt in accessories menu. right click on it and "run as administrator" type:

net user administrator /active:yes

Now log off the user, you should now see the hidden admin account as well as your user. log into the admin account and turn off the UAC(control panel, under users). It will need to reboot to do that, then you can log back into your usual account. To rehide the admin account type:

net user administrator /active:no

You will be reminded the UAC is turned off

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!


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#3
November 20, 2013 at 12:58:40
Bear in mind that if you turn off UAC you turn off some protection from others.

Please provide an example of something you try to do that causes this, together with the "exact" message?

It mostly only stops you continuing if you are doing things in system areas. At other times it is a just a prompt which you can discard and carry on. Sometimes you can right click and Run as Administrator. It all depends - hence the question.

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#4
November 21, 2013 at 05:44:15
I run on the admin account. I don't have a separate user account. I do have the UAC off. Yes, Derek, i need to get to a point where it comes up again and screenshot it. I will follow up when that happens. Thanks both of you for your responses. I will let you know when I have further info.

Tammy


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November 21, 2013 at 06:12:04
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The actual admin account was hidden in Vista and on installation created a user account with admin privileges. You are saying if I understand you, that you unhid the account sometime ago yourself and you are using only the actual administrator account? If that were correct I can't understand why you see those warnings, either.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!


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#6
November 21, 2013 at 08:59:12
Re #4

Yep, a screenshot would probably help, together with an explanation of exactly what you were trying to do at the time and where. We'll be watching - thanks.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
November 22, 2013 at 08:37:11
You were right HopperRox. I haven't been using the actual admin account. It did unhide it when I followed your instruction. Is there a way to go into set the rules that I have access to all the properties of this computer without running on the actual admin account? I thought I saw somewhere that you could set who can read, write etc to computer content. is this possible? Like I would set me to be able to do it all but say a guest would only be able to read stuff but not write to it. I don't know. Thanks for your help tho.

Tammy


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#8
November 22, 2013 at 13:54:32
You should not be being pestored very often, you do have an admin account, with the UAC turned off (you may want to double check it) . As for permissions settings and security settings yes those are possible. You have better control with the professional version but you can certainly control access. You need to look up vista folder permissions and security options. Try the built in help menu. Right click on a folder and click properties you'll see the security tab and sharing tab, all which you should be able to control with your usual account.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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#9
November 22, 2013 at 13:59:27
Also check in folder sharing in the network and sharing center. Again the help menu in Vista is pretty good if you can ask the right questions.

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#10
November 22, 2013 at 19:19:55
Thank you very much, I will try that.

Tammy


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