These installation notes cover the following XMetaL Author Essential installations:
Limited User vs. Local Admin accounts
All installations of XMetaL Author are pre-configured to operate in an environment where end-users are assumed to have 'Limited User' account privileges. Programs running under such user accounts are normally restricted from writing to Program Files and similar folders along with writing to Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT registry hives. XMetaL Author still has some features that require operating under a Local Admin user account in order to write to the Program Files folder. A prompt will appear warning the user of this restriction.
Features requiring Local Admin privileges
For all installations, features requiring Local Admin privileges (right-click and choose 'Run as Administrator') are disabled. Here are the features that are disabled:
- Drag-and-drop operations to Resource Manager Assets tab
- Right-click menu does not show Assets tab operations
- UI for assigning or reassigning shortcut key to an All Users macro
Alternatively, you can use these features by running XMetaL Author in Administrator mode. Follow these steps:
- Right-click on the XMetaL Author shortcut and choose 'Run as Administrator'.
- Provide login account info of user with administrator privileges.
- Run operation requiring administrator privileges.
Note: The disabled features also require you to configure XMetaL Author for Local Admin privileges.
Note: Regardless of being qualified as limited-user or local-administrator, users MUST chose 'Run as Administrator'.
XMetaL Author is installed with the assumption that users have Limited User account privileges under Windows. If your users have Local Admin privileges, or if your XMetaL customization is not Vista/UAC-compatible (i.e. writes data to Program Files folders), or if you want to enable disabled features, you must set the following variable in the XMetaL configuration file (xmetal.ini):
user_setting_mode=default // Use this value for local-admin environments
user_setting_mode=per_user // Use this value for limited-user environments - default setting
Note: Local Admin can modify the XMetaL settings and behavior. This will affect all the users.