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Run the game as an administrator

How can I run my game as an administrator to give the game more permissions?

In some cases, an operating system may not give a PC game or other program the permissions it needs to play.

This can result in the game not starting, not running properly, or being unable to maintain saved progress. In this case, allowing the option to run the game as an administrator might help.

Run a game as administrator:

Please select your Windows version:


Windows XP

Please first check whether you are already logged in as an administrator:

  • Make a right click on thisbegin-Menu. A small window will open with several options. If these are bothOpen - All users as well asExploreAll users you already have administrator rights

If you do not see these options, log in to your computer as an administrator using the following steps:

  1. Open thatbegin-Menu and chooseSign out.
  2. From the welcome screen, press twiceCTRL + OLD + DELETE.

  3. Log in as an administrator and then you will be asked to enter your password.

As soon as you are logged in as the administrator, you will find theProgram data Folder for your game:

  1. Open thatbegin Menu and selectMy computer out.
  2. Then chooseLocal disk (hard drive) (C :) and then open theProgram data Folder.
  3. In this folder look for the folder of your game.
  4. Right-click the game folder icon, then selectproperties out.
  5. Click the tabsecurityat the top of the window properties
  6. In the upper area there is a box that lists all users on your computer. Click on Administrator and / or the name of the user you want to give permissions to.
  7. In the lower area where the Permissions field is displayed, activate the check boxAllowNext Full access,to give full authorization to the users selected in the field above.
  8. Make sure all of the boxes in theAlloware ticked. Click onTake and thenOK.

9. Once this has finished, try opening the game again.

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Windows 7 / Vista

Start the game as an administrator:

  1. Open thatbegin- (Windows Pearls) menu, in the lower left corner of your desktop.
  2. TapFolder optionsat the bottom of the search field and press theEnter key.
  3. Then click the tab in the new windowviewand hookShow all files and folders underHidden files and folders at.
  4. Click onTakeand thenOK.

  5. Return to the start menu and selectcomputer out. Double click on thereLocal disk (C :) and then open the folderPrograms.Please note, on other systems the folder could be named 'Program Files (x86)'.

  6. Find and open the thereFolder of the game.

  7. Find the there executable file of the game,which is the lighter gray file with the name of the game.

  8. Right-click this file, then click the tab at the topProperties.
  9. Highlight in the areaAuthorization levelthe fieldRun the program as administrator.


  10. Once this has finished, try opening the game again.

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Windows 8 / 8.1

Show hidden files:

  1. On your Windows 8 start screen, move the mouse to the lower left corner and click the right mouse button.
  2. Click on the iconSearch.
  3. GiveFolder options in the search field and press theEnter key.
  4. Click onSettings in the categories below the search box.
  5. A symbolOptions folder should then appear on the left; click on it to open the Folder Options window.
  6. Then click the tabview at the top of the window and make sure the settingHidden files,folderandShow drives selected.
  7. Then click onTake andOK.

The game's executable file should now be visible and you can continue with the following steps.

Start the game in compatibility mode for XP:

  1. On your Windows 8 start screen, move the mouse to the lower left corner and click the right mouse button.
  2. Click onFile manager.
  3. In the file manager, go tocomputer, thenLocal disk (C :), thenProgram files. From there, look for your game's folder.
  4. In the game's folder, right click on the game's executable (see image above) and selectpropertiesout.
  5. Click the tab compatibilityabove.
  6. Put a tick in the box Start the program in compatibility mode for: Windows XP (Service Pack 3).
  7. Click onTakeand thenOK.

Make sure to start the game by first doing the Big Fish Games App Open (Game Manager), then click thePlay Button next to the title of the game.

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Windows 10

Show hidden files:

  1. Open the Windows Start menu.
  2. Go toFile explorer.
  3. OpenThisPc and thenLocal disk (C :) and thenPrograms (x86).
  4. Find the folder with the title of your game.
  5. In the folder of the game, select aboveShow , then check the box for thehidden fileswith a tick.

The game's executable file should now be visible and you can continue with the following steps.

Start the game in compatibility mode for XP:

  1. After following the steps above to view the hidden files, you should see a pale gray icon with the game title on it. Right-click the icon and selectpropertiesout.
  2. Open the tabcompatibility and put a tick in the box Start the program in compatibility mode for:
  3. ChooseWindows XP Service Pack 3 from the drop-down menu.
  4. In the Privileges section, if available, chooseRun the program as administrator out.
  5. Click onTake and thenOK to leave the window.

Make sure to start the game by first doing the Big Fish Games App Open (Game Manager), then click thePlay Button next to the title of the game.

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Playing a game in administrator mode is one of several troubleshooting options, and it will not help in all cases to get a game to start. If your game crashes, freezes, or has picture problems, please see the Game crashes, freezes, or won't open Help article.

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