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Ubuntu remembers one has recently authorized admin access (Sudo and Gksu at least) to avoid the need to repeatedly auth.

Is this possible in Windows?

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Do you mean disabling UAC? What version of windows. –  soandos Aug 18 '11 at 3:33
    
@soandos: Disabling UAC is a bad thing to do, it breaks applications as their visualized locations are no longer accessed. It also introduces a large security risk at no benefit; if you really want to disable UAC, change the behavior of the elevation prompt for standard users to automatically approve. –  Tom Wijsman Aug 18 '11 at 3:37
    
I just want to understand the question. –  soandos Aug 18 '11 at 3:38
    
@soandos: But it wouldn't have been a solution, I think. Please note to use @-replies so that people see your replies... :) –  Tom Wijsman Aug 18 '11 at 11:07
    
@Tom, I thought that the person directly above gets notified anyway? –  soandos Aug 18 '11 at 12:38

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You could set up two accounts, an administrator account and an user account.

Then, change the Local Group Policy Settings such that the administrator doesn't need approval.

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Then just hit CTRL+ALT+DEL to go to Fast User Switching. This also defeats UAC dialog spoofing. –  surfasb Aug 18 '11 at 5:22
    
Separate accounts and user switching seem like a lot of work since it'd mean separate folders for downloads, documents, etc. –  Paul R Rogers Apr 20 '13 at 21:17
    
@user497816: You can create an account in under a minute; fast user switching is not needed, you can instead elevate the process to be used as the administrator. –  Tom Wijsman Apr 20 '13 at 21:27

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