It Won't Let Me Do Something Unless I am an Administrator!
Windows Vista gets really picky about who gets to do what on your computer. The computer's owner gets the Administrator account. And the administrator usually gives everybody else a Standard account. What does that mean? Well, only the administrator can do these things on the computer:
- Install programs and hardware.
- Create or change accounts for other users.
- Install some hardware, like some digital cameras and MP3 players.
- Read everybody else's files.
People with Standard accounts, by nature, are limited to fairly basic activities. They can do these things:
- Run installed programs.
- Change their account's picture and password.
Guest accounts are meant for the babysitter or visitors who don't permanently use the computer. If you have a broadband or other "always on" Internet account, guests can browse the Internet, run programs, or check their e-mail.
If Windows says only an administrator may do something on your PC, you have two choices: Find an administrator to type his password, authorizing the action; or convince an administrator to upgrade your account to an Administrator account.
In this tutorial:
- Some Things You Don't Like in Windows Vista
- Can't Stand Those Nagging Permission Screens
- Can't Copy Ripped CDs and Purchased Music to My iPod
- The Menus All Disappeared
- Parental Controls Are Too Complicated
- The "Glass" Effects Slow Down My Laptop
- Can't Figure Out How to Turn Off My PC
- Windows Makes Me Log On All the Time
- The Taskbar Keeps Disappearing
- Can't Keep Track of Open Windows
- Can't Line Up Two Windows on the Screen
- It Won't Let Me Do Something Unless I am an Administrator!
- Don't Know What Version of Windows I Have
- My Print Screen Key Does not Work