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Emessage when you try to play a game in Windows XP: "Game requires Administrative rights to play"

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Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

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After you log on to a computer by using a non-administrator account, for example, a limited user account, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
  • You may receive an error message that resembles one of the following error messages:
    Game requires Administrative rights to play.
    You must have administrator priviliges for downloading the update.
  • The game does not recognize that the game disc is in the CD drive.
  • The game does not let you save files.
  • The game does not let you open files.
This behavior may occur in Microsoft Windows XP or in Windows Vista when you log on to the computer by using a limited user account. Older games require administrative rights to operate correctly. Additionally, newer games require administrative rights to go online and retrieve updates.
This behavior is by design.
To work around this behavior, grant administrative access to individual programs.

Windows XP

To do this on Windows XP, follow these steps:
  1. Right-click the program's file name or shortcut.
  2. Click Advanced, click Run with different credentials, and then click OK.
  3. Start the program.
  4. When you are prompted, type an administrative user ID and password.

Windows Vista

  1. Right-click the game executable file, and then click Run as administrator.
  2. If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Allow.
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Article ID: 893677 - Last Review: 12/09/2015 02:07:56 - Revision: 10.0

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