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a b * Windows 8
September 28, 2013 11:50:47 AM

Hey there

Strange issue: I thought I am an administrator, because I never created any guests accounts. I was using my custom computer with administrator privileges and was never asked for the admin password to install a program, as it would ask me on other computers where I have other users. Suddenly my VST plug ins stopped loading and tech support told me to run my music DAW as administrator. I set Sonar to "Run as Administrator" and it works now. I thought- I was administrator. But- ok. So today- I opened another program and it asked me to register a product again. I thought- may be I forgot to register it. But when I was ready to enter registration code, the space was grayed out and said, "Not logged in as Administrator". I don't understand. How am I logged in? I have seen on other computers "Administrator" account being disabled, while my Main account, Astralv active- after I unable it, I would have "Astralv" and "Administrator", which would be almost identical. Wondering if it is the same issue. Today I bought major upgrade to Sonar recording software and it states that I need to be logged as Administrator to be able to install it properly. I do not want to create any problems with installation- how do I enable Administrator account? I am looking under Settings/Accounts- it says, "Astralv"- local account. And it says, "No other accounts created". I do not see any inactive Administrator account to enable. What to do? Thank you.

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September 28, 2013 12:11:15 PM

Astralv said:
Hey there

Strange issue: I thought I am an administrator, because I never created any guests accounts. I was using my custom computer with administrator privileges and was never asked for the admin password to install a program, as it would ask me on other computers where I have other users. Suddenly my VST plug ins stopped loading and tech support told me to run my music DAW as administrator. I set Sonar to "Run as Administrator" and it works now. I thought- I was administrator. But- ok. So today- I opened another program and it asked me to register a product again. I thought- may be I forgot to register it. But when I was ready to enter registration code, the space was grayed out and said, "Not logged in as Administrator". I don't understand. How am I logged in? I have seen on other computers "Administrator" account being disabled, while my Main account, Astralv active- after I unable it, I would have "Astralv" and "Administrator", which would be almost identical. Wondering if it is the same issue. Today I bought major upgrade to Sonar recording software and it states that I need to be logged as Administrator to be able to install it properly. I do not want to create any problems with installation- how do I enable Administrator account? I am looking under Settings/Accounts- it says, "Astralv"- local account. And it says, "No other accounts created". I do not see any inactive Administrator account to enable. What to do? Thank you.


1. Click the Windows Start button and then click Control Panel. The Control Panel appears.
2. Select Large icons on the right-hand side under the View by menu (if you are not already in Large icons view). This will display the Control Panel features as icons. Locate and click on User Accounts.
3. The User Accounts panel appears
4. Click the Change User Accounts Control Settings option. The User Accounts Control Settings dialog box appears.
5. Windows 7 UAC settings have a slider to change between different notification levels. You can choose one from the following four options:
Never notify
Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer (do not dim my desktop)
Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer
Always notify
6. If the need arises to turn off the UAC to troubleshoot ACT! related issues, a general guideline is to change the setting to Never Notify, which essentially disables the UAC feature.
Note: A reboot of the computer will be required after choosing this setting.

You can also change a user's account type, Follow these steps:
If your computer is in a domain:
1. Open User Accounts by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking User Accounts, clicking User Accounts again, and then clicking Manage User Accounts. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
2. On the Users tab, under Users for this computer, click the user account name, and then click Properties.
3. On the Group Membership tab, click the group you want the account to be in, click OK, and then click OK again.
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