To run most Windows installations, you are required to be the administrator of the computer or have administrative privileges to install programs. In a network environment or with parental controls, this protects the Windows registry and Windows System folders.
If you are running your installation on a Windows NT 4.0, 2000, or XP computer, you are more than likely the administrator of your computer. Follow these steps to confirm administrative rights on your computer:
- Select Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management.
- In the Computer Management dialog box, click on System Tools > Local Users and then Groups > Users.
- Right-click on your user name and select Properties.
- In the properties dialog, select the Member Of tab and make sure it states "Administrator."
If you are trying to install software on a computer in a corporate environment, you need to contact your system administrator to give you administrative privileges on your computer.