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Running as Administrator tips & tricks

A trick I assumed most people knew was how to run programs as administrator (especially Vista/7/8), however I still people getting tied up in knots about it. Things to remember:-

1) Certain areas of windows, such as Control Panel, have to be invoked as Administrator using runas and/or their actual executable. Trying to use the system object is not going to work. in the case of Control Panel, use 

runas /user:Machinename\Administrator "Control.exe"

or browse to C:\Windows\system32 and right click control.exe

Windows SP3 installation - "The system cannot find the file specified."

Trying to install Windows SP3 (Network Installation) on a client machine. It would not install, giving the error message "The system cannot find the file specified." and "The installation could not complete"

Thank you to DataOne on the softwaretipsandtricks.com forum which pointed me in the right direction.


Sometimes you just have to love Microsoft

Not sure what to say really. I got this error earlier this month and just stared blankly at the screen for a while.

 gotta love MS 


And a Windows 7 error (March 2010)

 device failed