Microsoft has made a number of changes to application behavior in Windows 8 which means that sometimes you may experience issues installing or using traditional Desktop applications. These changes include:

  • It is no longer possible to completely turn off User Access Control (UAC). You can just control when you’re notified of pending changes to your computer.
  • Desktop applications can only be installed with Administrator privileges.

It is the last point that is the biggest change from Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows. It means that you can no longer install a Desktop application on Windows without an Administrator password.

Installing Desktop Applications on Windows 8

In Windows 8 you must either be logged in as an Administrator or have an Administrator’s password in order to be able to install Desktop applications. In Windows 7 and previous versions it was possible to install applications using a standard user account.

UAC Dialog Screenshot

Administrator privileges are requested when installing

Using Desktop Applications on Windows 8

Most features of Debenu applications should work fine once they have been installed but sometimes if the user account does not have enough privileges things such as the predefined Actions, Favorites or Watched Folder settings will not be automatically loaded. In this case it is necessary to run the application executable with administrator privileges. In order to run an application with administrator privileges you need to locate the application executable, right-click on it and select Properties, followed by clicking the Compatibility tab and then make sure that the “Run this program as an administrator” option at the bottom of the dialog is checked.

In the example below there are three executable’s provided with Debenu PDF Tools Pro which might require administrator privileges to run depending on the Windows users level of privileges.

Executables requiring admin privileges

Applications which may require admin privileges

Right-click on each of the application executable’s and make them run with admin privileges.

Run this program as an administrator

Enable ‘Run this program as an administrator’ to resolve any permissions issues

In order to ensure that these executable run correctly on a Windows 8 account with insufficient user privileges you can choose to have them always request Administrator privileges when they are launched. This means that first time you launch them you will be required to type in the Administrator password.

If you want to launch the application with Administrator privileges as a one off then just right-click on either the shortcut to the application that’s on your Desktop or in the Start menu or the application executable in Program Files and select the ‘Run as administrator’ option from the context-menu.