The Message "You Must Be an Administrator to Run this Application" Is Displayed While Attempting to Upgrade System

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When you attempt to upgrade your system to any of the preceding versions of Microsoft Windows XP, you may receive the following message:
You must be an Administrator to run this application.
You may, however, already be a local administrator or a member of a Power User group.


This behavior may occur if you do not have the necessary system rights or your system rights have been removed by specific policies.


To resolve this behavior (to upgrade or to install Microsoft Windows 2000, or Windows XP), the user must obtain the following system rights:
  • Back up files and directories
  • Modify firmware environment values
  • Restore files and directories
  • Shut down the system


Article ID: 280824 - Last Review: January 25, 2006 - Revision: 1.2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
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