How do I run a program as an administrator in Windows 7?

  Applies To 
WaterGEMS, SewerGEMS, CivilStorm, StormCAD, PondPack,  StormCAD, HAMMER,, WaterCAD
  Area:  Other
  Original Author: Mark Pachlhofer, Bentley Technical Support Group

Problem Description

When I look in my log file for my software I see a few lines that mention  something similar to "Exception in RecentFilesListManagerSettingsFile.Save: UnauthorizedAccessException: Access to the path

 "C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Bentley\WaterCAD\8\Haestad.Framework.Application.RecentFilesListManager.xml'    is denied.:


There are setting on your computer that may prevent the sofware from accessing files in potentially protected file locations.  

Steps to Resolve

The steps below use WaterGEMS as an example but, this may be used on any program.

Set the program to "Run as an administrator" everytime you open it.

  1. Close the software.  
  2.  Locate the icon on the WaterGEMS desktop and right click on it then select properties.
  3. Click on the Compatibility tab and select the check box for "Run this program as an administrator".            Note: This may require your IT department to give you rights to run this program as an administrator
  4. Now open the program and try using modelbuilder again.

Run the program as an administrator one time

  1. Close the software

  2. Locate the icon on the WaterGEMS desktop and right click on then select "Run as administrator".


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