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May 24, 2018

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Setting Insider TA v6.1 to run as Administrator under Windows Vista & Windows 7

The following discussion does not pertain to you if you have Insider TA v7 or if your Insider TA software is installed on Windows XP. Insider TA v7 handles Windows folder permissions more gracefully than previous versions.

For Windows Vista/7 users, because Insider TA 6.1 Pro and Std are installed in the C:\Program Files (or Program Files (x86) folder on 64-bit systems), under certain circumstances you will need to run Insider TA as "administrator". At a minimum, this is necessary in the following situations:

  • Running Insider TA for the first time (after installing from the CD)
  • Running subsequent Insider TA Internet updates that we provide from time to time.

Why is this necessary? Because in both situations, Insider TA will attempt to unpack some system files into its parent folder (C:\Program Files for 32-bit systems, and C:\Program Files (x86) for 64-bit systems). Windows Vista/7 will only allow that activity if the program is ... (you guessed it!) configured to run as an administrator. Even if your user account is configured as an "Administrator", that doesn't mean the programs you run have the same privilege, so you'll need to follow the directions that follow.

Like any program in Windows, there are two ways to set a program to run as administrator: either "one-time" or "always". For the situations above, the first method ("one-time") is sufficient.

Look for the desktop shortcut that should have been put somewhere on your Windows Vista/7 desktop. Then choose which option you care to take:

Running Insider TA v6.1 as Administrator one-time only:

When running the Insider TA Internet update, you'll actually need to run as Administrator twice: once when downloading the updates, and again when you're prompted to restart Insider TA (to install the updates). It's very simple! Just do the following:


Configure Insider TA v6.1 to always run as Administrator:

If right-clicking the icon and selecting "Run as administrator" (explained above) is too tedious, you can configure Insider TA v6.1 to always run as administrator.

Many people's gripe with this method is that you'll always get the User Account Control dialog (shown here to the right) asking if you're sure you want to "allow the following program from an unknown publisher to make changes to this computer?". If you do not mind doing this each and every time (even when running the program as administrator is not necessary), then here's how to do it:

Right-click Insider TA and select Properties Click the Compatibility tab Click checkbox titled Run this program as administrator

Click "Apply" or "OK" to exit back to the desktop. You will observe that a Windows shield will now be shown on top of the shortcut:

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