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Posted - 03 June 2007 :  23:31:24  Show Profile  Visit Ahto/Moon Software's Homepage
When trying to enter key code in Windows Vista/7/8/10 you may see the following message displayed even if currently logged in user has administrator privileges:

"On Windows NT/2000/XP administrator privileges are required to enter your key code. Log in as administrator or ask your system administrator complete the task."

The reason is that by default Windows Vista/7/8/10 executes all programs under limited user account even if you are logged in as administrator. This new feature is called UAC (User Account Control).

To start Backup Magic Editor as administrator:

Windows 8 and 10:

1) Be sure Backup Magic Editor is not currently running.
2) Go to home screen (press Ctrl+Esc to go to home screen from desktop)
3) Locate Backup Magic icon on home screen or if it is not visible then start typing "magic" and it will be revealed as search result.
4) Right-click on Backup Magic icon and note that on bottom of home screen new button bar is displayed. On this bar you see "Run as administrator" command among others. Click "Run as administrator". If "Run as administrator" is not visible click "Open file location", then right-click already selected file to see popup menu and choose "Run as administrator" from that menu.
5) Windows asks for confirmation by displaying "Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?" and shows program name "Backup Magic". Click YES.
6) Once Backup Magic Editor is running enter your key code under Upgrade menu and close Backup Magic Editor. Now you can run the program again as usual.

Windows Vista and 7:

1) Be sure Backup Magic Editor is not currently running.
2) Right-click on icon you use to launch Backup Magic Editor and choose Run as Administrator command from popup menu.
3) Windows asks for confirmation by displaying "Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?" and shows program name "Backup Magic". Click YES.
4) Once Backup Magic Editor is running enter your key code under Upgrade menu and close Backup Magic Editor. Now you can run the program again as usual.

For more background information about this topic see official Microsoft document.
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