Zotero update notifications on accounts with insufficient priveleges (are annoying!)
I'm a student at a University with an installation of Zotero which badgers me constantly about updates it can't install because of insufficient priveleges. The developers had the foresight to even include this in the error message; they realise that their users won't always have the ability to update the software. Yet, I still get badgered to update. If you realise that I can't do anything about it (ITS staff don't like updating software unless we have a reason) then why not just leave us alone?
in Zotero Standalone 18.104.22.168
It would be better if Zotero just didn't bother trying to bypass privelege restrictions and also didn't badger unpriveleged users about updating.
The version 4.0 of Zotero was called Zotero Standalone to differentiate it from the web browser plugin which it started its development as.
There is no Zotero.exe in this folder; perhaps the ITS department set Windows up to prevent people from installing software without authorisation.
Zotero isn't trying to "bypass" anything in that process; it just checks whether you're admin and then installs globally and otherwise installs just into the local profile (but again, this is really moot here since it's not working in your set-up).
The message has several reasons:
1) Many people are on computers where they _have_ admin rights even if they don't _use_ them. For them, this is a useful message
2) As you experience and possibly report issues with Zotero, we need you to know that you're not on the most recent version because, among other things, the first thing we'll tell you is to go and update
3) We are quite interested in getting people off old versions of Zotero. For example, we can't update fields and item types as long as versions of Zotero 4 are still syncing to Zotero, so they'll eventually (and that's sooner rather than later here) be cut off. If this gives IT staff a reason to update software, I'd call that an intended side-effect.