Myweb is partially correct about there being a difference between "the"
administrator account and your account that was created for you; However,
your account IS an administrator account, and there is NOTHING that "the"
administrator account is allowed to do that your account CANNOT technically
In Windows Vista, even though you are an administrator, programs that do not
ASK to use your admin powers (through a "Windows needs your permission to
continue" prompt) CANNOT perform administrative actions.
This is a security feature that accomplishes two things:
1) Programs that don't need admin power, don't have it. This makes your
computer safer from those programs as well as malware that would try to take
over those programs.
2) Programs that need admin power, must ask you for it. You know exactly
when a program that has the potential to severely damage your computer runs,
and have the power to stop it from running if you did not intend for it to
All Windows Vista-compatible software will ask you for admin power when they
However, older programs that are not compatible with Vista won't do this,
and so you will need to explicitly give them admin power by right-clicking
them and clicking Run As Administrator.
So, the solution here is to run the programs that aren't prompting you for
admin power by right-clicking them and clicking Run As Administrator, which
will force them to run with admin power.
The "Administrator" account is no longer necessary in Windows Vista. It is
still there, in its locked form, in case of a dire emergency - you can use
it in safe mode if you lock yourself out of all of the other administrator
accounts on your computer.
As for the "registry editor" problem, Windows Vista has locked down many
system areas of the computer such that BY DEFAULT not even administrators
can manually modify them. That registry area you are attempting to modify is
one example; another is the Windows\System32 folder.
The reasoning is this: As an administrator, you generally won't need to
modify these areas manually; you will use a tool to modify them (i.e. an
install/uninstaller). So, since you will generally NOT need full access to
these areas, it is better for system security if these areas are locked down
by default, requiring you to take extra steps in order to get access to
I should also mention here that "AdministratorS" is the administrators
locked Administrator account AND your account.
If you cannot get the scanner uninstaller to work by right-clicking it and
clicking Run As Administrator, you can manually give yourself access to that
registry key by following these steps:
1- Find the key (folder) that is not giving you access
2- Right-click, click permissions
3- Go to the onwer tab. If Administrators is not the owner, make
Administrators the owner.
4- Add a permission giving Administrators full control
5- *CLOSE REGEDIT* and re-open it
6- Find the next key (folder) you need access to, go back to step 1
You will need to follow these steps on each key (folder) that you need to
get in to, starting with the first one that won't give you access.
You must close regedit after editing security due to a bug in regedit - it
doesn't recognize security permission changes that you make until you
I hope this post explains to you why you were having problems and what you
can do to solve them - if you need clarification, please ask. :)
Microsoft MVP - Windows Shell/User
Windows Vista Support Faq