Installation requires admin password

• Oct 24, 2023 - 12:08

I already have muse hub installed but it requires an admin password. I have Windows 11.
Is there a way to install Musescore without the admin password? Any help would be appreciated.

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Right click on the icon. What come up? You shouldn't need admin rights unless you set up your computer that way.

In reply to by VighneshJ3003

Isn't it the case that every installation requires administrator rights? (I am not quite sure)
Windows knows standard users and admin users. A standard user has no rights to install a program.
You must either be an admin or at least provide the admin password during installation.
You can also recognize it by the shown icon, because this shield indicates it (framed in red).
Muse Hub icon.png

In reply to by HildeK

In order to use your copy of Windows you have to have a Microsoft account. Which includes a password. That should be the password needed,

However if you sign in with what is called a local account, that might require an admin password. I.E. your Microsoft account password.

Any more when you buy a new computer and create an account with your Microsoft account password (as you should) you are now the administrator. and the shield doesn't affect you.

If someone else set up your computer, they may have the password.

It's actually less complicated than it sounds.

In reply to by bobjp

"In order to use your copy of Windows you have to have a Microsoft account. Which includes a password. That should be the password needed,"

Actually not totally accurate. When installing Windows, Microsoft tries very had to force you into using a Microsoft account but it is possible to get set it up to use only local accounts, and make one of those an administrator. If logged in under that account there is no prompt for a password. For safety reasons though you should use a local account as a standard user for routine work and only log in on an admin account when needed. Purchased computers with Windows preinstalled are a different animal and harder to avoid the Microsoft account monster.

In reply to by garytemp

Yes, in the old days it was safer to use what we called a user account. Todays local account. We also recall when the Microsoft AV was a total joke.
W10 changed things. I used the local account idea for a while and found it to be more trouble than it is worth. I have no problem with a Microsoft account and being the admin. And as you know there is a still higher admin account that only the computer uses. To each, their own.

In reply to by bobjp

I think I read somewhere that the built-in Admin account may be going away in future Windows versions. I do have one computer using a Microsoft account login. I just tend to not want to give Uncle Bill any more hooks into my systems than are absolutely necessary. That is why at almost 70 y/o I am slowly learning Linux, LOL

Today, it is common for an operating system to distinguish between "ordinary" users, who are powerless outside of their own "home," and "administrators," who are more-or-less gods.

Some software installers do allow you to install something "for one user only," thus avoiding the need for godliness, but these are few and far between.

EMBRACE this important idea, and use it for your own protection. You should routinely set up your computer with ONE "administrator user" which you use only to install software and to perform system-wide maintenance. (The name of this account can be anything ... how about "freddy?") ALL of "the account(s) that you use every day" should be: ordinary users. This is simply because, while a computer is terrible at knowing when to say "yes," it is very good at saying "no!" If "rogue software" tries to do something nasty, it finds itself incapable(!) of doing so, as long as you apply "security updates" whenever they appear.

This is also good for personal organization. You can have as many of these user accounts as you like, and each one will have its own set of "preferences." For instance, in my small business, I have one account which I use only when I am "the bookkeeper." And the accounting files are available only to that user: no other user can even see that they exist. Geeks call this idea "the principle of least privilege."

In reply to by bobjp

Nevertheless, it is often recommended by professionals to work as a user with limited rights. Even for those who use the computer alone. Simply for better protection against malware. You don't have to do it, yes, but if VighneshJ3003 followed that advice, then it may be the reason.

In reply to by HildeK

I understand. But I have zero interest in using two accounts. I have always been the admin and never had any problem. OTOH I have had to fix many a computer of someone who did have a user account and expensive AV. Both of which caused a total freeze of the OS. Most people have little idea of how to use Windows. There's much, much more to it than accounts.

I don't think that this is really the proper venue to continue a highly-technical discussion, but I will close by simply saying this: that "the possibility always exists that 'rogue software' might 'try to do something [nasty].'"

But (key point!): the odds are VERY great that it will be LIMITED TO "trying to do 'something that YOU are authorized [by your computer] to do' but 'without YOUR knowledge or consent.'" (Nasty-ware that can do more is extremely rare.)

Therefore: "Voluntarily limit YOURself." Wear an ordinary pair of pants and pretend to be a cub reporter, AND assume an identity which isn't capable(!) of being anything more. Don your super-duper (and super-ugly ...) "blue tights" only when actually necessary, and KNOW when you are doing so. You can easily remember two passwords and usernames.

I've never really understood why the "default system setup scripts" used by every(!) operating system that I can now think of ... set up only ONE "all-powerful" user, instead of TWO: one "all-powerful," the second "for everyday use." I'm geek-enough to know that they could have easily set up their system-install scripts to do this, yet (so far as I know) none of them ever have.

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