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I know that I can change the property in advanced setting of the shortcut to run one app as administrator. But is possible to do that for all my application? There is a general setting or something somewhere that can tweak that?

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You can disable UAC entirely from the control panel, this will mean all programs (installed, downloaded, background, everything) will effectively run with the privileges you currently have to grant manually (via UAC pop-up or compatibility settings).

I think this is what you are asking for?

However, I highly recommend against doing this; it lowers the security of your entire system by allowing any program to modify your system.

In Windows 7 you can adjust the level of UAC to suit your needs. In decending order of strenght, the settings for Win7 are:

  • Always notify
    UAC pop-up for changing certain Windows settings and for programs that require elevated rights.

  • Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer
    Doesn't request permissions when changing Windows settings, they are granted automatically. Programs still require using a UAC pop-up.

  • Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer (do not dim my desktop)
    As above, but screen is not dimmed. Potentailly leaving the UAC pop-up windows open to manipulation by other software.

  • Never notify (I suspect this is what you are after, but please reconsider!)
    If logged on as an admin-level user everything is automatically given elevated permissions.
    If you are logged on as a standard-level user, anything that requires elevated permissions will automatically be denied (with no opportunity to enter a password in a UAC pop-up).

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Vista allows notifying without prompting for a password, just asking for permission. Does one of these settings do that in Windows 7? –  datatoo Oct 29 '10 at 15:17
    
@datatoo - all of them (well, except "never notify", for obvious reasons), if you're an admin-level user you just have a allow/deny pop-up to respond to (no need to enter a password). If you're a standard-level user then the UAC pop-up requires an admin-level user to provide a password. –  DMA57361 Oct 29 '10 at 17:05
    
thanks, I didn't realize that was the cause. It is the safe passwords that make it a hassle when you are a poor typist –  datatoo Oct 29 '10 at 22:37

You can always just logon as the "Administrator" account.

Or, just set UAC to never prompt you, and then all the apps that need admin rights will get it, without you needing to do anything. Just search for "User Account Control" on the Start Menu.

Just so you know though, this is very dangerous. Any malware will have full admin access!

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