Q108379: Acquire Administrative Privileges on Your Computer

To run most installations on Windows NT 4.0, 2000, or XP machines, you are often required to be the administrator of the computer or have some kind of administrative privileges. The reason why installations require administrative privileges is because many times installations access the Windows registry and Windows System folders.


Consumers running installations at home

If you are running your installation on a Windows NT 4.0, 2000, or XP, you are more than likely the administrator of your computer. Follow these steps to confirm administrative rights on your home computer:

  1. Select Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management.
  2. In the Computer Management dialog, click on System Tools > Local Users and Groups > Users.
  3. Right-click on your user name and select Properties.
  4. In the properties dialog, select the Member Of tab and make sure it states "Administrator".

Consumers running installations in a corporate environment

If you are trying to install software on a computer in a corporate environment, you need to contact your system administrator to give you administrative privileges on your computer. If the system administrator is unable to grant you administrative privileges due to a company policy, request that your system administrator elevate privileges for you. To do this, forward InstallShield Knowledge Base article Q105140 HOWTO: Creating an Installation That Always Installs Regardless of User Privileges to your system or network administrator to grant you elevated privileges.

Note: Only Windows Installer-based installation will be able to install with the elevated privileges option. If your installation contains files with .msi extension, your installation is based on Windows Installer service.

Last Modified Date: 10-02-2007ID: Q108379