Why is Run as Administrator the default?

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froggie
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Why is Run as Administrator the default?

Post by froggie » Sat Oct 10, 2020 9:57 pm

Just out of curiosity, why is Run as Administrator the default when using the installer? From all I read here, it seems clear that using the Service works best in almost all cases. For that matter, when would run as Administrator be needed?

void
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Re: Why is Run as Administrator the default?

Post by void » Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:14 pm

The default is to install the Everything Service, unless:
  • Your OS is Windows XP or earlier.
  • The installer is run with an admin account
  • Run as admin was enabled in a previous installation.

Everything requires administrative privileges for low level read access to NTFS volumes.
To index NTFS volumes you will need to either:
  • Install the Everything Service (recommended)
  • Run Everything as administrator

Please try running the installer as a standard user.

You can change this setting at anytime:
  • In Everything, from the Tools menu, click Options.
  • Click the General tab on the left.
  • Check Store settings and data in %APPDATA%\Everything
  • Uncheck Run as administrator.
  • Check Everything Service. (Please make sure this is tick-checked and not square-checked)
  • Click OK.
  • Exit Everything (right click the Everything tray icon and click Exit).
  • Restart Everything.

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