and I am absolutely certainly that you are the only person on the Internet to call it "horrible advice"...;) That's a definite first. My advice on this point is actually excellent.
Actually, it is horrible advice. Most programs don't require elevated privileges, they require write permission on the folder they are installed at. For older software it's acceptable since that was always the case (for example Dos programs), for any program developed from 2000 onwards it's shitty programming practices (there is a reason for the documents folder, use it).
So far, only programs I've seen that truly require admin privileges are programs that modify Operating System files, mess with memory, or need specific access to hardware. No game should have to be run in Admin mode, and any game that requires it is almost certainly a sign of a shitty programmer.
You would never expect a linux program to require SU privileges, why do you expect all Windows programs to require it?
LoL...have it your way...;) This will be my final response on this strange subject.
I'm not talking about administering a network, I'm talking to people running their own private systems at home. RaggieRags in this very thread found that his game wouldn't run outside of admin mode--or did you forget who I was responding to, in your haste to tell him how stupid he was to actually run his game with elevated privileges as it wouldn't run without them. I guess you'd rather people not run their games at all than to run them elevated, just so you can feel better about your own bad advice? The practice has never caused me any trouble. Yet, ironically, rarely a day goes by when I don't read in some forum somewhere that someone has just discovered how to run his program or game: by simply running it as admin. I guess you miss those posts, just like you missed RaggieRags in this thread. Try and be more observant. Some people actually call publisher tech support about the issue, believe it or not.
I'm sorry but, really, nobody gives a damn who is a "shitty programmer" and who isn't...;) They just want their software/games to run. I don't blame them at all. Sorry that you find running games in elevation to be so bothersome. I've never had a problem with it--not since I started the practice after having trouble running some of my extant programs in Vista x64, several years ago. Someone gave me that excellent advice way back then and I've never had reason to regret it and I run *a lot* of stuff. Trust me--if it was "horrible advice" then I wouldn't have given it and I certainly wouldn't be taking it. It's fine with me if you are so opposed to running in elevation that you'd rather not run your games if they require it. But don't jump all over people who prefer to run their software, even if it does require elevated privileges. Sure, you don't want to give viruses and Trojans elevated privileges, but no one is talking about that. Are they? (Or maybe you are, I dunno what you're afraid of here.)