If you are running Windows Vista as a non-Administrator user, you will
find out pretty quickly that you do not have the privileges to perform
a lot of the tasks that you could normally perform with Window XP.
One of the tasks that you might not be able to perform as a Standard
user (non-Administrator) is installing software. You might get
"Permission Denied" or "Access Denied" errors if the installation
process tries to write to your Windows system folder or Windows
In order to ensure a smooth installation process and to prevent
permission errors when using our software, we recommend that you set
yourself up as an Administrator in Windows Vista. If you have not
done so, below are the steps to check whether you are already set up as an
Administrator in Windows Vista:
1) Click on the Windows Vista
Start button on the lower left corner of your computer
2) Click on the Control Panel
3) Click on the User Account and Family Safety
link on the Control Panel:
4) Click on the green User Accounts
5) Click on the Change your account type
6) On the Select your new account type
screen, you will see what type of account
you are currently running under. If you do not have the Administrator checkbox selected, you will need
to ask someone who has an Administrator account on your computer to assign you as an Administrator.
As a Standard user, you might not have sufficient privilege to assign yourself as an Administrator.
After checking the Administrator checkbox, click on the "Change Account Type" button to commit your
change. You might be asked to restart your computer.
7) Restart your computer. When you log back in, you should be running as an Administrator account type.
8) You are not completely out of the woods yet! There is one more thing you need to do. You need to
turn off User Account Control
to suppress those annoying Windows Vista security warning messages that accomplish nothing but reduce productivity.
If you are using Windows 7, here's instruction on how to check Administrator rights on Windows 7
If you are using Windows 8, here's instruction on how to check Administrator rights on Windows 8