“Access Denied” or locked features in SharePoint 2010 Central Administration after install on Windows 7 x64

I recently installed SharePoint 2010 on my client machine to investigate some of the BCS and Search features for a client project.  SharePoint 2010 now allows a standalone installation on Vista x64 SP1 or higher and Windows 7 x64, which is a major improvement over the remote development nightmare that existed with MOSS 2007.

For instructions on the proper method for installation, read the following MSDN article : Setting Up the Development Environment for SharePoint 2010 on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008

Description of Issue

After installation, I was repeatedly unable to log onto SharePoint using Firefox, repeatedly getting “Access Denied” errors after typing in my domain account and password.  (Note: This was the same account I used for installation).

Switching to IE allowed me access to the central administration site, however there were many functions and features that were unavailable to me.

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I went to create a new Web Application to upgrade a SharePoint 2007 content DB, but was unable.  I attempted to do the same by creating a new site collection.

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However, clicking on New Web Application gave me the following message:

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Solution

It turns out that SharePoint requires elevated privileges to access the Central Administration page with all permissible features available. 

To unlock these features in Central Administaration, launch IE with elevated privileges: (Right click the IE icon, select “Run as administration”).

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The previously restricted features should now be unlocked.

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