I am sorry to post twice, but I don't think I did the best thing in posting earlier today as a reply to another problem. Here it is again, slightly revised.
I am using windows XP Pro on a Dell Inspiron 5150.
I seem to be an administrator: I can do all the things I want to (except one, which I’ll come to in a moment).
Computer Management and Groups shows me as a member of the Administrators Group.
I am using windows XP Pro on an Inspiron 5150.
Because I am the only user of the machine and I don’t take it around with me, I have arranged the log-in procedure so I can re-boot when necessary and make a coffee whilst it doing its thing. No passwords, no ENTER or ESC keystrokes. The main thing is that it works.
I get to sign is as ‘Richard’. Windows Computer Management and Groups shows me as a member of the Administrators Group.
Belarc Advisor shows me as an Administrator (see below -- sorry, the formatting of the table has been lost) and seems to confirm that the computer is working OK with a named account (Richard) with administrator privileges.
Users (mouse over user name for details)
local user accounts last logon: Richard
04/03/2008 21:08:54 (admin)
local system accounts
[I suspect there may be a difference in a local system account from a local user account.]
So to the one problem which this arrangement seems to be giving me.
It came to light last year when using Channel 4 on demand, a DRM’d peer-to-peer service in the UK.
C4oD tech support told me I had to reload the latest Windows Media Player and reset the hidden files for DRM.
“Once you right click on the top bar of Windows Media Player above the tabs, a drop down menu should appear with the 'tools' menu. Clicking on 'tools'
should bring up six choices in the sub-menu, Managing Licenses should be the fifth choice down.”
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If you have read this far, thank you. This is the nub of this post:
I cannot see the Managing Licences choice in WMP 11, not even greyed out.
Channel 4 say this is because I am not logged in as an administrator.
Are they correct? Is viewing 'Managing Licences' an acid test of whether you are really the Big Boss? I don’t seemed to be barred from any other functions on this machine.
I am reluctant to tinker with the way I have Windows set up, because (although I appreciate the security risks if someone breaks into the house) the convenience issue prevails for me.
I am sorry for the length of the length of this, my first post here, but I hope some kind soul will be able to help.