How to automatically "run as administrator" in Windows 7?

On a new Windows 7 Pro install running QuickBooks, the user started having problems accessing their files, with various messages about insufficient rights, and weird errors that only Inuit would understand.  However, I found that it works just fine if they do either of these:

1) Right click on the icon and choose 'run as administrator'.

2) Go to the advanced settings in the properties for the icon and change it to 'run as administrator'.

Again, both of these solutions make it run just fine.  But I WOULD like to understand why this is, since the user is set up as an "administrator".

And, I need to know if there is a setting in Win 7 that would always run all programs "as administrator", without them having to do the above settings on individual icons.  Is there a way?  TIA
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jaustin1Commented:
Sadly, some applications are like this.  Even if you're a local admin, you have to "Run as Administrator" for them to work correctly.

I don't think it's something to chase down, as most apps work correctly.  You'll have to do it with QB and a handful of other apps, but it should be a fairly rare occurrence.  Again, assuming they're already local admins.

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daniel_smithCommented:
Right click on the program shortcut or program .exe file, then click on Properties, and on the Compatibility tab.

Check the Run this program as an administrator box, and click on OK.

DraginMagikCommented:
some applications are slower to adopt the newer Microsoft security paradigm.  It is getting better with time as developers rewrite their apps.  

this may be of help
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ff431742.aspx

if you wish to understand the "why" of it, these may send you in the right direction.  basically, it has to do with UAC.
http://superuser.com/questions/235444/what-is-run-as-administrator-in-windows-7
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc709691(WS.10).aspx



Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
All correct - and it is called User Account Control (UAC). You can set that up to never be used - but shouldn't, as it is an important security mechanism not allowing to do unrequested changes to your system, if possibly harmful.
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