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I can't download anything to Program Files because it says I need admin access. How do I enable it? It's not a regular option like it was in XP. Or is there a way to give my account admin rights? This is really annoying, the only place it says I can download to is my personal folder. (I'm using Vista Business Ed., but will be upgrading to Ultimate soon)
 
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It's not wise to download to Program Files. Why would you want to do that?
 

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Because that's where I keep PROGRAMS...it was never an issue in XP or previous OS's, that's what the folder is for if I'm not mistaken. It's not like I'm downloading to a system folder or something...
 

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Why would you download into Program Files? Create a folder like My Downloads in the root of C: or in My Documents and download into that.
 

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Well it doesn't matter now, I figured out a solution to the problem in the registry. I don't see what the big deal is with downloading to Program Files, I've never had a problem with anyone messing around with my PC. Always have current anti-virus and anti-spyware programs with current definitions installed every day and my PCs have been flawless for years. Vista is going overkill in my opinion with its security, and hackers will always circumvent it anyway, so I don't see the point.
 

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The "big deal" is there's no point, but whatever floats your boat.
 

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JohnWill said:
The "big deal" is there's no point, but whatever floats your boat.
So then why shouldn't I download to Program Files? Is it really that serious of a security problem?
 

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The best place to put all this stuff and all your other Data is in a folder in another Partition.
Then you don't have to defrag all the extras and search it for Malware ... every time.
You can also restore your system .. and not loose all your Data.

When you look in your program files ... How do you know what is Data and needed to backup ??
 

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Noyb said:
The best place to put all this stuff and all your other Data is in a folder in another Partition.
Then you don't have to defrag all the extras and search it for Malware ... every time.
You can also restore your system .. and not loose all your Data.

When you look in your program files ... How do you know what is Data and needed to backup ??
I dunno, I never run into these problems. If I do download malware by accident it's always caught by my anti-virus or anti-spyware progs. And I have virus scans scheduled for every day...so my pc works fine. And I still don't see why the UAC is such a big deal, I survived for years without it. And again, hackers will always find ways to circumvent it.
 
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Agreed, the Program Files folder is for installed programs only. One suggestion was to create a folder called My Downloads and within that you can create sub folder for Programs, Add-Ins, Updates, etc.
It's a matter of good housekeeping and is the preferred method by any good IT professional.
 

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at_random said:
I dunno, I never run into these problems.
There are two types of Computer users...
1) those who have had a problem.
2) those who will have a problem.
 
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at_random said:
So then why shouldn't I download to Program Files? Is it really that serious of a security problem?
Program Files is a system folder used for installed programs, and not for personal downloading and so on. That will only lead to problems and confusion and, yes, a serious security risk. No idea why anyone would do such a thing. If the download contains an installer, you then need to install it, anyway, which puts its components into the Program Files folder (and elsewhere).
 
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Rant: It is so frustrating when someone asks a question and everyone just jumps on him with 'why, why, why' and 'that's a dumb idea' just because no one knows the answer.
 
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