Desktop Earth is described as 'You should run it as admin' and is an app in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Desktop Earth for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone and Android Tablet. The best alternative is TerraTime. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Xplanetfx or MeteoEarth. Other great apps like Desktop Earth are EarthDesk (Paid), EarthView (Paid), Living Earth (Paid) and Living Earth Desktop (Paid).
TerraTime provides an amazing, interactive, real-time virtual Earth. Its globes and maps use current satellite imagery to simulate day/night, clouds, seasons, sun & moon; clock shows rise, set, twilight, & transit times for sun & moon.
xplanet (by Hari Nair) is a great piece of software capable of creating renderings inside our solar system. To raise the quality of its output adding some graphical effects, it was a great candidate to link with imagemagick.