To install software you must have Administrator rights



I don’t know if i am in the right forum – but no doubt you will tell me if I am not!

I have just loaded Windows Vista Home Premium from a clean boot but it will not allow me to load software and programs from a CD. I get the error message :-

“To install software you must have Administrator rights. Please log in as Administrator and start the install again.”

I AM the Administrator, I have not changed any settings since loading Vista – in fact I have re-loaded it but get the same message.

I cannot find anywhere that I can log in as Adminstrator.

Have you any ideas please or can you suggest a help site? I tried Microsoft but they want £40 minimum. – Lovely guy Bill Gates!



No doubt this is one of the most common questions/frustrations about Windows Vista. Even if you log on as an administrator, you don’t really have administrative rights, thanks to UAC (User Account Control). UAC runs almost everything using non-administrator rights to help protect you from bad software that would abuse those administrator rights to change your settings or install viruses.

When you run a setup program, UAC should automatically prompt you to run it as an administrator using the UAC prompt (which Microsoft calls the “consent” prompt). If you don’t see this, right-click the program, and then click Run As Administrator. Then, it will really run as an administrator. It should have prompted you, but for some reason, Vista didn’t realize it needed Administrator rights. It woudln’t hurt to check the software developer’s website for a version of the program made for Vista; that would also fix the problem.

If you really get sick of this, you can try disabling UAC–you’ll be giving up a lot of Vista’s security benefits, though, so I don’t recommend it.

Regarding a help site, you can always drop me a note. You can also seek help from the Internet community at the Microsoft Newsgroupsthe Vista newsgroup is your best bet for this type of question.

24 Responses to “To install software you must have Administrator rights”

  1. Since installing VISTA I no longer get the use of the microphone or speakers on the video conferencing. I do get audio on everything except the built in Video and my VAIO

  2. Tyrone says:

    explore the dvd or cd’s contents then set it up from there

  3. Franklin says:

    I have a friend’s problem. He wants to uninstall Office XP from a Vista basic computer. He looged on as administrator but when he try to uninstall vista denies because administartor policy. Can you help me with this???

  4. gary harvey says:

    When i create a pdf file in autocad using primo pdf. After saving to decktop i cannot access the file. Adobe says access denied.
    I want this file to be sent and opened by others. Can you help


  5. Eirik says:

    Thank you:)

  6. l0u says:

    I have desactivate UAC

    “the UAC prompt (which Microsoft calls the “consent” prompt). If you don’t see this, right-click the program, and then click Run As Administrator. Then, it will really run as an administrator.”

    This option “Run As Administrator” is greyed. or not working with the right click in the menu.

    So i still cannot install my soft :/


  7. Caroline says:

    “Since installing VISTA I no longer get the use of the microphone or speakers on the video conferencing. I do get audio on everything except the built in Video and my VAIO”

    -You need to upgrade your drivers too… Installing a new OS, whether downgrading or upgrading.. you need drivers.

  8. Ken says:

    Hi hope someone can help. I have just purchased an Archos 605 WiFi, when I try to strem wireless from my vista pc to my tv, I am asked for a username and password to access my pc. This is not the network key as I am connected but some sort of username/password that allows me to get in to my slave dirve. Any ideas, thanks.

    PS I have not set any username or password on my pc.

  9. Tim says:

    Ken, the username is “Administrator” or “Admin”, if it is not set by you. If the username does happen to be Admin or Administrator, there is no password

  10. wolf says:

    Thank you for answearing the question above, about the administrator. I had the same issue and after reading it everything was clear, and i managed to install my software by right clicking and running it.


  11. Mark Rexroat says:

    I have a similar problem with Windows Vista Home Basic. When I try to download apps, like a new skin for Windows media player, I try to save into the c/program files / windows media player/skins, the system tells me I don’t have administrative rights to save anything into this folder. I’m running from my admin log on and when I try to change the permission properties for the folder, it wont’ let me do that either. I’ve read other articles on a hidden “true adminstrator” account in Windows Vista. Comments or advice on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  12. goutham says:

    how to install the software’s when your in administrator . when i am installing in administrator the pc is telling you have not rights to install the program please solve my question its urgent what should i want to do please tell me

  13. Anneliese says:

    THANK YOU! I have been trying to install PC Studio 7 for my Samsung Omnia HD for the last week and having no luck because of this administrator error. The right click solution was so simple. Thank you for your help with this!!

  14. william says:

    i want to install autocad, ready try with autoad 2009 n 2010, i run as administrator, it say “ypu cannot install this product on the current operating system” someone help please…

  15. Vic says:

    Experienced the same problem with Windows 7 – was becoming desperate – your recommendation worked like a dream! – Many Thanks.

  16. Andee says:

    I have the same problem.. You said to right click the program ang click “Run As Administrator”.. but when I right clicked the program, “Run As Administrator” was not there… what to do now????

  17. Myrka says:

    Same issue with the Adminstrator setting; when downloading the software, should I just save the file to the “My downloads” folder for example, then when I right click the “run as admin” option can I can then move the item to “My computer” Program Files etc.. ? Please advise. thanks

  18. Anonymous says:

    trying to watch tnt live on online

  19. shriram says:

    Thank you very much………..

  20. Anonymous says:

    I am using Windows 7 but after installing a program I can’t open the system asks me to log on as an administrator. why?
    Please comment ASP

  21. Pixie says:

    I am trying to delete progtrammes from my laptop (vista basic) however when I try to delete them it says I cannot as I am not the administrator even though I am logged in as the admin!

    What do i need to do to clear some of these??

  22. arun says:

    why i get this error messageYou must be logged in as an administrator when installing this program

  23. JN says:

    Thank you SO MUCH, Tony!!! I never would have figured this out. It made no sense since I was sure I was logged in as an Administrator. I was trying everything and I thought it was the software I was trying to install.

  24. Tony says:

    I need help, Im trying to install new hardware into my computer but when i plug in the usb it says i dont have the propper permision to install? what can i do ?