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jonnyD

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    Windows 7 Home Premium - cannot type in administrator password
    « on: September 14, 2011, 08:04:34 PM »
    My daughter has a laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium OS. Whenever we try to download anything, we get a security pop-up that says:

    Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer? To continue, type an administrtator password, then click yes.

    There is no place to type a password and the "YES" box is grayed out.  I am only able to click on "NO."  I realize this user account does not have administrator priveleges so I tried to go into user accounts to assign her account administtrator rights but I get the same pop-up

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    Re: Windows 7 Home Premium - cannot type in administrator password
    « Reply #1 on: September 15, 2011, 12:02:59 AM »
    Try lowering the notification slider on your UAC settings by Control Panel/System Security/Action Center/Change UAC Settings, click Ok.

    Try this settings. Its possible that its on Always Notify.

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      Re: Windows 7 Home Premium - cannot type in administrator password
      « Reply #2 on: September 15, 2011, 08:32:42 AM »
      I am unable to make the change.  There is a shield icon next to "Change UAC settings" that indicates I will get a security pop-up - which I do - in order to access the UAC settings: and then I'm unable to type in an admin password as the pop-up asks (I mentioned this in my first post).  Why cannot I even type in the password if that's what's required?

      FYI: There is a shield icon next to many differnet areas in Control Panel: add or remove user accounts, set up parental controls, change UAC control settings, device manager.  All of these get the same pop-up.

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      Re: Windows 7 Home Premium - cannot type in administrator password
      « Reply #3 on: September 15, 2011, 08:38:30 AM »
      See if this works for you: http://www.tweak-uac.com/home/

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        Re: Windows 7 Home Premium - cannot type in administrator password
        « Reply #4 on: September 15, 2011, 12:23:53 PM »
        At this point, having read the article about the efficacy of UAC, I would love to just turn it off.  Unfortunately, I cannot download anything because the pop-up asking me to allow the download is the same one I've been getting and I cannot type an Admin password into the pop-up.

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        Re: Windows 7 Home Premium - cannot type in administrator password
        « Reply #5 on: September 15, 2011, 12:26:16 PM »
        Try booting into safemode...try the download...and try turning UAC off as per the instructions...
           
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          Re: Windows 7 Home Premium - cannot type in administrator password
          « Reply #6 on: September 15, 2011, 11:25:05 PM »
          Interestingly, I booted up in Safe Mode and was given a choice of logging on as an Administrator account or a user account.  I logged on as Admin (it was password protected and I know the password).  I was then able to turn off the UAC without having to use the tweak tool.  ;D  Thanks, Patio. 

          I still wonder why I was not allowed to type an Admin password into the UAC pop-up.  I thought that was the whole point: to be able to choose to allow and action or not as long as the password is known.

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          Re: Windows 7 Home Premium - cannot type in administrator password
          « Reply #7 on: September 16, 2011, 07:37:34 AM »
          I'd bet that when you tried you were in a simple User account...where that option would be greyed out by design.
             
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            Re: Windows 7 Home Premium - cannot type in administrator password
            « Reply #8 on: September 16, 2011, 10:33:05 AM »
            Ah, yes I was.  So the choice to allow an action or not only happens with the Admin account?

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            Re: Windows 7 Home Premium - cannot type in administrator password
            « Reply #9 on: September 16, 2011, 10:41:18 AM »
            Correct....otherwise Users would be able to make changes the Admin doesn't want.

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