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consul
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admin vs limited

I noticed that some folks that post programs here, make a note that it needs admin rights or not. As a policy here on portableapps.com, does it make a difference to the the creation of a portable app? Like we shouldn't post apps that have only admin rights or not? I mean I understand that it means that not everyone can use it if they are at a computer w/o admin rights, but other than that?

I ask because more often times than not, I am at a computer with admin rights.

I understand to be truly scrumptiously portable, everything should fit on the *.paf, but besides adding things like visual C or other non-opensource/freeware coding, are there other limitations to admin/limited user versions of software?

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None here

None of the apps listed here require admin rights as most computers out in the wild won't give them to you (net cafe, library, hotel business center, work PC at most companies, PCs at school/university, etc). Most PCs you encounter that aren't owned by you (or a person you're visiting) are using a limited login or guest login level account.

Any app that requires admin rights will be specifically branded as such as it's only partially portable.

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I think what your asking, if

I think what your asking, if I understand right, is user rights.

Most programs don't have rights them selfs, but go by the rights the user has. If you have admin rights, then you have access to most of the OS and so will the program. If you have restricted rights such as guest, then so will the program. Where most have problems is trying to do or access something outside of there user rights.

For the paf.. basically its just a easy way to package the app for users to install it.

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Right

But some apps have to have admin rights... like the upcoming Wireshark Portable which needs to install and remove a driver. There's no way around that. So, the app will clearly be marked as requiring admin rights because NONE of the other apps here require anything more than a guest level login.

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nice!

I love it when I get a hint from a post by John of a new app to look forward to.

Woot! Smile

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