Idea 2017.3 EAP requires admin permissions on Windows

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Update process downloads patch, close old Idea instance and after that an Windows UAT dialog pops up. For an "elevator.exe" file with issuer Jetbrains and all parameters used for starting Idea (JVM memory settings etc). If I close this, nothing is updated and the old unpatched Idea is restarting.

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Please clarify the problem. If you cancel UAC request on Windows, IntelliJ IDEA will install into the user home directory without requiring administrator permissions.

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I've just encountered this with intellij 2017.3 tying to apply the 2017.3.1 patch under windows7.  I have intellij installed without admin rights.  After the 2017.3.1 patch file has downloaded I am prompted for admin rights (that I don't have on my workstation) to run "elevator.exe".  Selecting no restarts intellij 2017.3 but no patching has been applied.

This hasn't happened with previous version where patching did not require admin rights.

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I just tried this again trying to apply the 2017.3.2 patch update to 2017.3.1 (Build #IC-173.3942.27 which I installed using the installer) and again it prompts me for admin rights and fails to apply the patch at user level when I click 'No'.  

You say it's been fixed but has that fix been released and what was the first version with that fix in it?

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IntelliJ IDEA builds >= 173.3343 are not affected.

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Hi Serge

OK, I installed 2017.3.2 (build 173.4127.27 December 25, 2017) from the installer as a single user (i.e. not machine level as I do not have admin rights).  When prompted for the update to 2017.3.3 I click update and restart.  Following the patch download I am prompted for privilege escalation so I click no.  All dialogs disappear and intellij 2017.3.2 unpatched restarts.  

So it is possible that although something has been fixed not everything that can cause this issue has been fixed?  It looks like I'm the only person who suffers (enough to complain) from this.

Roger

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Hi Serge

Yes that work around did work - though I wasn't prompted to run any .cmd file?  After deleting elevator and launcher from idea/bin the patch just worked as expected with no UAC window appearing.

Thanks

Roger

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We can't reproduce the problem.

IdeaC #173.4127.27 installed into c:\Users\<user>\IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition 2017.3.2 can be updated without UAC.
 
What's your installation path?

 

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