Developing as Non-Admin

Keith Brown writes a comment in one of my older posts about a chapter in his book dealing with developing code as a non-Admin. A great read if you're still one of those people running as an Administrator because you think you need to in order to do programming. Maybe you should buy the book if he ever gets the link working 🙂

One addition: you can run Windows Explorer (and the related control panel applets) from your Admin account as long as you've set the "Run Explorer windows in a separate process" option from the admin account. Run regedit from your Admin console, navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Explorer Advanced

and set the SeparateProcess DWORD to 0x01.

Comments (4)

  1. Mike Dimmick says:

    You can also do runas on iexplore.exe and then use the address bar to go wherever you need to.

  2. I’ve been meaning to post these for quite a while now, so here are some interesting things that I’ve come across as of late: WinFS 101: Introducing the New Windows File System (via Chris Sells and Forever Geek). While this…

  3. Alex Angelopoulos says:

    Of course, this is for more than just developers. 😉

  4. It has been almost three months now since I have taken the plunge and removed myself from the administrators group and started doing everything with a less privileged account. I’ve found that it greatly changes the way you think about…

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