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HP Notebook PCs - Using Administrator User Account to Install New Programs

Separate user accounts make sure that information on the computer stays private and secure. The User Account Control (UAC) is a feature by Microsoft to protect the computer from unauthorized downloads. HP recommends that you do not turn of the UAC feature, because warnings will be disabled on all user accounts and the computer is more susceptible of acquiring damaging programs. Instead, log into the Administrative account to make necessary changes and perform your daily tasks on a Standard account.

Types of User Accounts

The User Accounts feature shows the user accounts (and user account types) on the computer. Windows Vista provides three types of user accounts:

  1. Administrative accounts:

    Can change privileges, passwords, and system-wide settings, access all files, and install any Windows Vista compatible software, drivers, and hardware. We recommend you use the administrator account when installing programs.

  2. Standard (Limited) accounts:

    Cannot install or open certain programs and can change the account picture, and create, edit, or delete the account password.

  3. Guest accounts:

    Guest Accounts have limited access (similar to Standard account) to computer resources and can use certain programs installed by others. They cannot access personal or password protected files. Guest must be turned on before using the Guest account.

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Using the User Account Control

Microsoft has a the User Account Control (UAC) to help the user avoid unauthorized programs from damaging the computer system. There is a security risk when using the UAC to run unknown programs. The UAC should be used to do the following:

  • Install or uninstall programs, drivers, and devices.

  • Searching Windows Updates and making changes to the computer.

  • Install an ActiveX control when prompted. (ActiveX controls are used to view certain Web pages.)

  • Add or remove a user account.

  • Configure Remote Desktop access.

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NOTE: Even if you are an administrator, protect your computer by only running programs from companies that you trust.
WARNING: These steps may increase your security risk. These steps may also make the computer or the network may make the notebook PC susceptible to viruses. Evaluate the risks that are associated with implementing this process in your particular environment. If you decide to implement this process, take any appropriate additional steps to help protect the system. Only use the following process when necessary.

How to install a new program using the Administrator User Account

To download a program from the Internet or installing from a CD/DVD, complete the following steps:

  1. Right-click the icon that you use to install the program, and then click Run as administrator .

  2. When prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the administrator password, or click Continue .

  3. When prompted to Run or Save, select Save . Be sure to scan with antivirus software if the program is obtained from an untrusted source.

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How to run a program using the Administrator User Account

To run a program as an administrator after you have downloaded a program from the Internet or installed from a CD/DVD, complete the following steps:

  1. Right-click the icon that you use to run the program, and then click Run as administrator .

  2. When prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the administrator password, or click Continue .

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If the Run as administrator option is not available, complete the following steps:

  1. Right-click the icon that runs the program, and then click Properties . On the Shortcut tab, the Target box contains the location and the name of the program file.

  2. Open the folder that contains the program file.

  3. Right-click the program file, and then click Run as administrator . If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, enter the password, or click Continue .

To have a program automatically run as an administrator, complete the following steps:

  1. Right-click the icon that runs the program, and then click Properties .

  2. On the Compatibility tab, click to select the Run this program as an administrator check box, and then click OK .

If the Compatibility tab is not available for some program icons, complete the following steps:

  1. Right-click the icon that runs the program, and then click Properties . On the Shortcut tab, the Target box contains the location and the name of the program file.

  2. Open the folder that contains the program file.

  3. Right-click the program file, and then click Properties .

  4. On the Compatibility tab, select the Run this program as an administrator check box, and then click OK .

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