Civilization IV run error - "please login with administrator privlieges and try again" message

I have just upgraded to Windows 10, and everthing seemed fine. However, today I tried to run Civilization IV, and it doesn't work.

On Windows 8.1 I would have to run it via the CD. Now, when I click the Civ icon in the Cd drive in windows explorer, it appears to start, then when I get to the splash screen, after clicking play, I get the following error: "please log in with administrator privileges and try again".

I am logged in as an admin already. Anyone got any ideas? I have already turned the notifications down to "never" to see if that helps. It doesn't.  

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This is happening to me too and it's really infuriating. I am the administrator and reduced notifications to never, but the message keeps appearing and I cannot play the game! Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

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I have exactly the same problem.  Please help!

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Right click on the Civ IV icon and run as administrator.

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That does no work. You still get the "log in as administrator" box

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This doesnt work either. After researching the first time it advised right-clicking then running as administrator, but it only brings up the splash screen. when you click play, nothing happens. 

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I get that problem too.  Right clicking and selecting the run as administrator still doesn't work.  The dialogue boc closes and nothing else happens.

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I had this same problem, and too found that running the programme with administrative privileges achieved nothing.
But after patching Beyond the Sword to version 3.19 I found that it worked fine (even without any compatibility settings).  Obviously you have to patch manually with an .exe instead of in-game.  Here is a link to where you can download it.  http://forums.civfanatics.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=12576
To reiterate, this is the Beyond the Sword expansion; I have not checked the other editions of Civ 4.  I hope it helps though.

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I did as you suggested and uninstalled, then re-installed Beyond the Sword.  I downloaded the patch, but when I attempted to extract the files, I got Error 0x80004005: unspecified error.   Is it a problem with not specifying the correct destination file? 

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