Difference between "Run as Administrator" and Windows 7 Administrators Group

What is the difference between running an application while logged on as a user account which is a member of the administrators group in Windows 7 and running an application using the "Run As Administrator" option while logged on as a member of the Administrators Group using the same account?

There is a difference because it works if you use the  "Run As Administrator" option.

Thanks in advance for any replies.

 

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Last updated December 4, 2019 Views 7,476 Applies to:
Not an explanation, but thats not an uncommon problem with earlier MS Office versions, and usually if you locate the exe in explorer, then rt click and select run as admin, will cure the problem

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Hello Micknet,

Please look over the following two articles that will explain User Account Control in Windows 7. They desribe the difference between the accounts.
In Windows 7, even logged on with an Administrator account you will need to elevate your privilege when doing some administrative tasks.
The account that you create as a administrator is not a true administrator account. It is a standard user account with administrator privileges.
There is a hidden built in Administrator account.


http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd446675(WS.10).aspx

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa511445.aspx

Enable/Hidden Adminstrator account in Windows 7
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744293(WS.10).aspx

Hope this helps.

 

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Marilyn
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