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Is that program running as administrator?

Using Process Explorer to view process integrity levels

A friend asked me how to open a Control Panel applet As Administrator. In Windows Vista, when you see a little shield icon as part of a button or shortcut, that would indicate that you would get prompted by the User Account Control (UAC) facility to elevate the process Integrity Level, that is, to run it as an administrator with full rights to muck with the system.

In Windows 7, the frequency of UAC prompts has been reduced. You will still see the shield icon, but sometimes there’s no UAC prompt.

You can use Microsoft SysInternals Process Explorer tool to view the integrity levels of running processes. On campus, you can run the tool from \\files\software\utilities\sysinternals\procexp.exe. Once you’ve started Process Explorer, there are two things you’ll want to do:

  1. From the File menu, select the Show Details for All Processes option (you noted the shield icon, yes?).
  2. From the View menu, choose Select Columns… and check Integrity Level item (on the Process Image tab; see below)

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Changing Boot drive with BCDBoot

Scott Hanselman is a consistently good source of useful info and commentary. Recently, he needed to change which drive his computer used as its System drive, which is to say the drive containing the boot loader and configuration.

( N.B. For some reason, the “System Drive” contains the boot info, and the “Boot Drive” contains the operating system. Why could this not have been corrected?!)

Scott points out his options:

Approach 1: Nuclear Option. Wipe and Start Over.

Approach 2: Copy the Hidden/System Boot Manager and Boot Folder over to the C: drive and run a tool called BCDEdit to move things around in 12 short steps. 😉

This was a scary prospect for me, because from my point of view, while this was a fairly advanced operation, I just wanted to switch where the boot info comes from.

Turns out there is a new (profoundly advanced, you have been warned) command line tool called BCDBoot.

See Scott’s blog post for more info. /me wonders if one could copy the bcdboot executable to a Vista system and perform the same operation.

Friday – March 6

Storage issues overnight; thanks, Greg, for putting out the fire.

Server storage resize project: IBM RSA access established, trouble getting GNU PartEd.

NERCOMP Campus Agreement LiveMeeting

Planning and design of home directory storage. Did some interesting analysis. Don’t want to break anything before the weekend, though. And I’m back on call.

And I solved a PHP problem for a client of IM; nice way to close the day. Thanks, Laurie.