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We found that we had to disable UAC, reboot and then we were able to apply the permissions."

I have run msconfig but I can't see where I can disable UAC.

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Do you not see a 'Tools' tab in msconfig? There you should see an option to change UAC settings. –  emtunc Oct 30 '11 at 15:47
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To turn off UAC:

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, click User Accounts.
  3. In the User Accounts window, click User Accounts.
  4. In the User Accounts tasks window, click Turn User Account Control on or off.
  5. If UAC is currently configured in Admin Approval Mode, the User Account Control message appears. Click Continue.
  6. Clear the Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer check box, and then click OK.
  7. Click Restart Now to apply the change right away, or click Restart Later, and then close the User Accounts tasks window.

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Bart's answer describes how to turn off UAC. On the server, it really isn't a bad idea, unless you are using the server as a desktop or utility machine.

One thing not mentioned is that some applications may need to be re-installed after the change, because it does change some pretty central things in the OS.

Also, you do not want go back and forth with it. Don't turn off UAC to install an app, then turn it back on. It is very different than giving a user admin privileges to install a program.

So, if this server is already doing anything important, leave it alone and put up with the UAC warnings. As Bart's answer mentioned and I will repeat, you should not be regularly logged into a production server other than to manage that server, and then only if it really can't be done from a client with the tools installed.

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It seems like the consensus in the answers to the linked question is that turning UAC off is a bad idea. Also, you should clarify why it is that turning UAC off might break applications -- specifically, filesystem and registry virtualization is not active when UAC is off, but that's more likely to reset a user's configuration of an app than it is to break the entire app's installation. Other than UAC virtualization, there's no "central things in the OS" that are changed by enabling/disabling UAC. –  josh3736 Oct 30 '11 at 20:17
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