Not an Administrator?

Posted: 01-23-2009, 09:36 PM
Using XP SP3. Am making changes to my Startup using msconfig. When I
click to apply the changes receive message that I must be logged in as
admin to make them...but I am logged in as admin. Am able to make the
changes but get this warning every time I do this. Why doesn't Windows
know that I am logged in as admin?

GrtArtiste

Not an Administrator?


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Malke
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Re: Not an Administrator?
Posted: 01-24-2009, 03:23 AM
GrtArtiste wrote:
> Using XP SP3. Am making changes to my Startup using msconfig. When I
> click to apply the changes receive message that I must be logged in as
> admin to make them...but I am logged in as admin. Am able to make the
> changes but get this warning every time I do this. Why doesn't Windows
> know that I am logged in as admin?
Do you have an HP printer installed? This is a known issue with HP software.
Just ignore the message. As you say, the changes do get applied so the
message is really just an annoyance.

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GrtArtiste
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Re: Not an Administrator?
Posted: 01-24-2009, 10:10 AM
On Jan 23, 10:23*pm, Malke <ma...@invalid.invalid> wrote:
> Do you have an HP printer installed? This is a known issue with HP software.
> Just ignore the message. As you say, the changes do get applied so the
> message is really just an annoyance.
I do have an HP printer. Sooner or later I suppose I'll replace
it....no doubt with another brand. I hope uninstalling the HP drivers
will get rid of the error. Thanks for the reply...good to know that it
isn't something else that is screwed up.

GrtArtiste

regfla
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Re: Not an Administrator?
Posted: 01-24-2009, 05:25 PM
sorry...not the correct answer. I have the same problem and have never had
ANY HP product installed. I have researched this problem and there is never a
consesus on what is causing it. solutions range from which anti-virus is
installed(most popular reason) to HP products(first i've heard of this one).
this problem started with me when i installed McAfee from the Comcast
website. I have since uninstalled but problem stayed. Getting ready to
reinstall OS (yearly maint.) so that should correct it.


"Malke" wrote:
> GrtArtiste wrote:
>
> > Using XP SP3. Am making changes to my Startup using msconfig. When I
> > click to apply the changes receive message that I must be logged in as
> > admin to make them...but I am logged in as admin. Am able to make the
> > changes but get this warning every time I do this. Why doesn't Windows
> > know that I am logged in as admin?
>
> Do you have an HP printer installed? This is a known issue with HP software.
> Just ignore the message. As you say, the changes do get applied so the
> message is really just an annoyance.
>
> malke
> --
> MS-MVP
> Elephant Boy Computers - Don't Panic!
> FAQ - http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/#FAQ
>
>
GrtArtiste
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Re: Not an Administrator?
Posted: 01-24-2009, 05:49 PM
On Jan 24, 12:25*pm, regfla <reg...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
> sorry...not the correct answer. I have the same problem and have never had
> ANY HP product installed. I have researched this problem and there is never a
> consesus on what is causing it. solutions range from which anti-virus is
> installed(most popular reason) to HP products(first i've heard of this one).
> this problem started with me when i installed McAfee from the Comcast
> website. I have since uninstalled but problem stayed. Getting ready to
> reinstall OS (yearly maint.) so that should correct it.

Well...isn't that special. I've had an HP printer & McAfee installed
on this computer since day one. So there's probably no hope of ever
getting rid of it unless I dump both and reinstall XP. Oh well...live
and learn.

GrtArtiste
Shenan Stanley
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Re: Not an Administrator?
Posted: 01-24-2009, 05:58 PM
GrtArtiste wrote:
> Using XP SP3. Am making changes to my Startup using msconfig. When I
> click to apply the changes receive message that I must be logged in
> as admin to make them...but I am logged in as admin. Am able to
> make the changes but get this warning every time I do this. Why
> doesn't Windows know that I am logged in as admin?
Malke wrote:
> Do you have an HP printer installed? This is a known issue with HP
> software. Just ignore the message. As you say, the changes do get
> applied so the message is really just an annoyance.
regfla wrote:
> sorry...not the correct answer. I have the same problem and have
> never had ANY HP product installed. I have researched this problem
> and there is never a consesus on what is causing it. solutions
> range from which anti-virus is installed(most popular reason) to HP
> products(first i've heard of this one). this problem started with
> me when i installed McAfee from the Comcast website. I have since
> uninstalled but problem stayed. Getting ready to reinstall OS
> (yearly maint.) so that should correct it.
If a clean install is your version of 'yearly maintenance' - I am unsure of
your qualifications to give advice on how to fix a problem with the machine.
What you are doing is similar to replacing the engine in a car once a year
instead of changing the oil/spark plugs/etc. What you are doing is similar
to throwing out the entire contents of your home once a year instead of
dusting/cleaning/arranging/taking out trash. The 'baby with the bath water'
solution, if you will. If it works for you - so be it. *shrug* Just
saying it seems a bit on the extreme side to me - and begs the question of
how much troubleshooting you have actually done and how quickly you just
resort to the 'easier to start fresh' answer ( it's a valid answer - as it
usually will solve the problem in the short run at least - although most of
the time, you are doomed to repeat the same mistake. ;-) )

My question to you and the original poster would be,
"Does it occur with every administrative user on the computer?"
(If you only have one - doubtful but possible, even if you didn't know it -
create a new one and log in with the new account to test.)

Also - for the original poster mainly - but feel free to answer as well,
"What specific operating system? Windows XP Professional? Windows XP Home?
Windows XP Tablet PC? Windows XP Media Center? Windows XP Professional
x64?"

Other questions:
- What antispyware products have you ran?
- When did you start having/noticing this issue? What was changed right
before?
- When you first noticed it - did you try a system restore to see if that
resolved it (and/or just uninstall whatever you might have installed?)

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GrtArtiste
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Re: Not an Administrator?
Posted: 01-24-2009, 07:19 PM
On Jan 24, 12:58*pm, "Shenan Stanley" <newshel...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Also - for the original poster mainly - but feel free to answer as well,
> "What specific operating system? *Windows XP Professional? *Windows XP Home?
> Windows XP Tablet PC? *Windows XP Media Center? *Windows XP Professional
> x64?"
>
> Other questions:
> - What antispyware products have you ran?
> - When did you start having/noticing this issue? *What was changed right
> before?
> - When you first noticed it - did you try a system restore to see if that
> resolved it (and/or just uninstall whatever you might have installed?)
Specific operating system Windows XP Media Center 2002-SP3
What antispyware products have you ran? Originally AdAware, but now
use SuperAntiSpyware
When did I notice this issue? Can't say for certain-probably about 2
years ago
What was changed right before? Don't remember.
Did I try a system restore at that time? no

GrtArtiste


Shenan Stanley
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Re: Not an Administrator?
Posted: 01-24-2009, 07:40 PM
GrtArtiste wrote:
> Using XP SP3. Am making changes to my Startup using msconfig. When I
> click to apply the changes receive message that I must be logged in
> as admin to make them...but I am logged in as admin. Am able to
> make the changes but get this warning every time I do this. Why
> doesn't Windows know that I am logged in as admin?
Malke wrote:
> Do you have an HP printer installed? This is a known issue with HP
> software. Just ignore the message. As you say, the changes do get
> applied so the message is really just an annoyance.
regfla wrote:
> sorry...not the correct answer. I have the same problem and have
> never had ANY HP product installed. I have researched this problem
> and there is never a consesus on what is causing it. solutions
> range from which anti-virus is installed(most popular reason) to HP
> products(first i've heard of this one). this problem started with
> me when i installed McAfee from the Comcast website. I have since
> uninstalled but problem stayed. Getting ready to reinstall OS
> (yearly maint.) so that should correct it.
Shenan Stanley wrote:
> If a clean install is your version of 'yearly maintenance' - I am
> unsure of your qualifications to give advice on how to fix a
> problem with the machine. What you are doing is similar to
> replacing the engine in a car once a year instead of changing the
> oil/spark plugs/etc. What you are doing is similar to throwing out
> the entire contents of your home once a year instead of
> dusting/cleaning/arranging/taking out trash. The 'baby with the
> bath water' solution, if you will. If it works for you - so be it.
> *shrug* Just saying it seems a bit on the extreme side to me - and
> begs the question of how much troubleshooting you have actually
> done and how quickly you just resort to the 'easier to start fresh'
> answer ( it's a valid answer - as it usually will solve the problem
> in the short run at least - although most of the time, you are
> doomed to repeat the same mistake. ;-) )
>
> My question to you and the original poster would be,
> "Does it occur with every administrative user on the computer?"
> (If you only have one - doubtful but possible, even if you didn't
> know it - create a new one and log in with the new account to test.)
>
> Also - for the original poster mainly - but feel free to answer as
> well, "What specific operating system? Windows XP Professional?
> Windows XP Home? Windows XP Tablet PC? Windows XP Media Center?
> Windows XP Professional x64?"
>
> Other questions:
> - What antispyware products have you ran?
> - When did you start having/noticing this issue? What was changed
> right before?
> - When you first noticed it - did you try a system restore to see
> if that resolved it (and/or just uninstall whatever you might have
> installed?)
GrtArtiste wrote:
> Specific operating system Windows XP Media Center 2002-SP3
> What antispyware products have you ran? Originally AdAware, but now
> use SuperAntiSpyware
> When did I notice this issue? Can't say for certain-probably about 2
> years ago
> What was changed right before? Don't remember.
> Did I try a system restore at that time? no
And the other question?
(The first one...)

You've waited two years to fix this? It cannot be *that* annoying to you.
hah

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GrtArtiste
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Re: Not an Administrator?
Posted: 01-24-2009, 08:01 PM
On Jan 24, 2:40*pm, "Shenan Stanley" <newshel...@gmail.com> wrote:
> And the other question?
> (The first one...)
>
> You've waited two years to fix this? *It cannot be *that* annoying to you.
> hah

Yes, it does occur with a 2nd admin account.

I don't recall saying it was annoying. In fact, I change the startup
routine so infrequently that it's hardly bothersome. But it just so
happens that I changed it yesterday and while reading this forum today
I thought I'd float the question just in case it was something that
could be easily fixed. Sorry if the question bothers you.

GrtArtiste
Shenan Stanley
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Re: Not an Administrator?
Posted: 01-24-2009, 08:32 PM
GrtArtiste wrote:
> Using XP SP3. Am making changes to my Startup using msconfig. When I
> click to apply the changes receive message that I must be logged in
> as admin to make them...but I am logged in as admin. Am able to
> make the changes but get this warning every time I do this. Why
> doesn't Windows know that I am logged in as admin?
Malke wrote:
> Do you have an HP printer installed? This is a known issue with HP
> software. Just ignore the message. As you say, the changes do get
> applied so the message is really just an annoyance.
regfla wrote:
> sorry...not the correct answer. I have the same problem and have
> never had ANY HP product installed. I have researched this problem
> and there is never a consesus on what is causing it. solutions
> range from which anti-virus is installed(most popular reason) to HP
> products(first i've heard of this one). this problem started with
> me when i installed McAfee from the Comcast website. I have since
> uninstalled but problem stayed. Getting ready to reinstall OS
> (yearly maint.) so that should correct it.
Shenan Stanley wrote:
> If a clean install is your version of 'yearly maintenance' - I am
> unsure of your qualifications to give advice on how to fix a
> problem with the machine. What you are doing is similar to
> replacing the engine in a car once a year instead of changing the
> oil/spark plugs/etc. What you are doing is similar to throwing out
> the entire contents of your home once a year instead of
> dusting/cleaning/arranging/taking out trash. The 'baby with the
> bath water' solution, if you will. If it works for you - so be it.
> *shrug* Just saying it seems a bit on the extreme side to me - and
> begs the question of how much troubleshooting you have actually
> done and how quickly you just resort to the 'easier to start fresh'
> answer ( it's a valid answer - as it usually will solve the problem
> in the short run at least - although most of the time, you are
> doomed to repeat the same mistake. ;-) )
>
> My question to you and the original poster would be,
> "Does it occur with every administrative user on the computer?"
> (If you only have one - doubtful but possible, even if you didn't
> know it - create a new one and log in with the new account to test.)
>
> Also - for the original poster mainly - but feel free to answer as
> well, "What specific operating system? Windows XP Professional?
> Windows XP Home? Windows XP Tablet PC? Windows XP Media Center?
> Windows XP Professional x64?"
>
> Other questions:
> - What antispyware products have you ran?
> - When did you start having/noticing this issue? What was changed
> right before?
> - When you first noticed it - did you try a system restore to see
> if that resolved it (and/or just uninstall whatever you might have
> installed?)
GrtArtiste wrote:
> Specific operating system Windows XP Media Center 2002-SP3
> What antispyware products have you ran? Originally AdAware, but now
> use SuperAntiSpyware
> When did I notice this issue? Can't say for certain-probably about 2
> years ago
> What was changed right before? Don't remember.
> Did I try a system restore at that time? no
Shenan Stanley wrote:
> And the other question?
> (The first one...)
>
> You've waited two years to fix this? It cannot be *that* annoying
> to you. hah
GrtArtiste wrote:
> Yes, it does occur with a 2nd admin account.
>
> I don't recall saying it was annoying. In fact, I change the startup
> routine so infrequently that it's hardly bothersome. But it just so
> happens that I changed it yesterday and while reading this forum
> today I thought I'd float the question just in case it was
> something that could be easily fixed. Sorry if the question bothers
> you.
Why do you assume it bothers me? I have tried to assist you.

Sorry if I mistakenly assumed it annoyed you since you have decided to fix
it. Usually if something is not a bother, not something to worry over -
people don't try to fix it. I believe I may have picked up that you thought
it was an annoyance (other than the fact you were asking about getting it
fixed) through Malke's response to you stating, "... As you say, the changes
do get applied so the message is really just an annoyance ..." Apologies if
you did not catch my reference/understand my meaning.

Are you saying the ONLY time you get this message is MSCONFIG? Nothing
else? Application installation, Service manipulation, Task Scheduling,
etc - nothing else gives you the message about you not being an
administrator?

You might look at this, specifically:
http://www.pchell.com/support/msconf...ed_error.shtml

Is that the exact error you get? (If so - in the future when posting
problems - be sure to give the errors verbatim, as well as listing what you
have tried, your OS and service pack level, etc. The more complete your
narrative, the better chance of getting a viable solution right out of the
box.)

You might also try the:
sfc /scannow
command - with your Windows XP CD in the drive. If your CD is not SP3
integrated, you might want to do that first as well.

You also may want to download the freeware MalwareBytes and perform a full
scan with it - just to be thorough.

If all that fails - do you get the same message when you boot into Safe Mode
and log in with the built-in administrator? (Usually username is
"Administrator")

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