Installation on Vista (Was: ANN: ActivePython 2.6.0.0 is now available)

Mensanator mensanator at aol.com
Tue Nov 18 01:53:27 CET 2008


On Nov 17, 6:26 pm, Steve Holden <st... at holdenweb.com> wrote:
> Mensanator wrote:
> > On Nov 17, 5:44 pm, Steve Holden <st... at holdenweb.com> wrote:
> >> Trent Mick wrote:
> >>> Mensanator wrote:
> >>>>>> What about Vista? Do you need to use the Administrator account to
> >>>>>> install it?
> >>>>> My currently understanding is that the ActivePython installer will
> >>>>> prompt for administrator privileges if required. I know that if the
> >>>>> current user is a member of the administrators *group* (different from
> >>>>> being the "Administrator" *user*), that this is sufficient to install
> >>>>> and use ActivePython.
> >>>> I'll have to try that, as it is NOT the case with the Windows
> >>>> installer
> >>>> from Python.org. Admin privelleges are NOT sufficient if you want IDLE
> >>>> to work. You have to use the Administrator account (which is disabled
> >>>> by default on Vista). If you have a way around that, then great.
> >>> I believe that IDLE ran just fine when installed as a user in the admin
> >>> group.
> >> I found the only satisfactory way to install Python all-users on Vista
> >> was to log in as a member of the administrators group, run a command
> >> shell window "as administrator", then run the installer in that window.
>
> > Didn't you have to enable the Administrator account (which is disabled
> > by default in Vista)?
>
> Nope. The Administrator account still shows up as disabled.

Strange, I had to. Had you enebled it previously and assinged a
password?
I couldn't use a "runas" command without a password. I never tried the
Administrator-Disabled/Password-Assigned combination, only

Administrator-Disabled/Password-Unassigned
Administrator-Enabled/Password-Unassigned
Administrator-Enabled/Password-Assigned

the last of which worked.

Or did you do something else, like turn off UAC?

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