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Why does the launcher ask for administrative acces on my pc?

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Why does the launcher ask for administrative acces on my pc?

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Krissam
12.14.2011 , 11:42 AM | #1
I just came home, and fired up my launcher, and something struck me as odd, why does the launcher ask for admin rights every time it launches?

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Exarr
12.14.2011 , 11:42 AM | #2
Are you using vista? Or is UAC enabled?

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Surokin
12.14.2011 , 11:42 AM | #3
because your running vista or windows 7?

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pudim
12.14.2011 , 11:43 AM | #4
Because the launcher needs permission to modify the game folder.
It is default procedure for any mmo launcher

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Krissam
12.14.2011 , 11:51 AM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by pudim View Post
Because the launcher needs permission to modify the game folder.
It is default procedure for any mmo launcher
No, it doesn't, it would need access if it was patching, I agree with that, but when running the game is up to date, all it does is add a security vulnerability.

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pudim
12.14.2011 , 11:54 AM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by Krissam View Post
No, it doesn't, it would need access if it was patching, I agree with that, but when running the game is up to date, all it does is add a security vulnerability.
The launcher asks for permission BEFORE checking if the is any update to be done
it IS default procedure for all MMO launchers

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Kailand
12.14.2011 , 11:56 AM | #7
I have the same issue (and by the way wow doesn't cause UAC prompts, and other games I have don't cause them either, even really old ones). Plus I have swtor installed in a non-Os protected directory (i.e. not program files, etc), so it's not them accessing the game directory - they must be causing escalation for other issues... which should not be required for a game if they coded it properly. UAC has been here for years, XP is almost at EOL, companies need to get with the times. and turning off UAC, turns off many of the security enhancements of vista/windows 7.

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Kraki
12.14.2011 , 11:57 AM | #8
not for all mmo launchers, my WoW launcher doesn't trip the UAC

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Krissam
12.14.2011 , 03:45 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by Kailand View Post
and turning off UAC, turns off many of the security enhancements of vista/windows 7.
Yes, this is exactly my point, I really hate giving away root priviledges to anything that doesn't need it.

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Visnes
12.14.2011 , 03:55 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by pudim View Post
Because the launcher needs permission to modify the game folder.
It is default procedure for any mmo launcher
No, the Blizzard launchers do not ask for Admin access. I'm guessing the launcher does the same thing as Origin, scans your hard drive and personal files etc.