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When an installer errors out with “Please re-run this installer as a normal user instead of”…

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/12

Via [WayBack] Anyone with a hint on how to work around this: … “Please re-run this installer as a normal user instead of”… – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers – Google+

This happened for instance when trying to install Source Tree 2.x on Windows (1.9.x works fine):

[Window Title]

[Main Instruction]
Installation has failed

Please re-run this installer as a normal user instead of “Run as Administrator”.


The problem was by accident the machine got in a state to run commands without UAC approval, so the run dialog would already look have “This task will be created with administrative privileges”:

It was odd, as the machine didn’t have it enabled in the security policy (secpo.msc):

So I did a bit more digging, bumped into [WayBack] Why does my Run dialog say that tasks will created with administrative privileges? – The Old New Thing and had one of those #facepalm moments: Explorer had crashed, and I had started it from Process Explorer, forgetting Process Explorer had an UAC token.

The solution is easy:

  1. Logoff / Logon
  2. Verify the Windows-R shows a “normal” run:

Then you can just run the installer:


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