I didn't test Fran's way. Anyway, I've found a manual on a different workaround using shortcuts, designed especially for Windows 7. I have just tested it and it works.
The algorithm (images in the linked page):
The trick makes use of Windows Task Scheduler to create a task with
highest privileges. The task is then used in a shortcut. First, create
- Open Task Scheduler by entering “sched” (without quotes) in the
Start search box. Another way is Control Panel-System and
Security-Administrative Tools-Schedule tasks.
- In the right pane of the Task Scheduler interface (shown in a
previous tip), click “Create Task”.
- The dialog shown below will open.
- Give the task a name. You will need to use this later.
- Be sure to check the box by “Run with highest privileges”. This is
what keeps the UAC prompt from popping up.
- Click the tab “Actions”
- Click the button "New..."
- The dialog window shown below will open.
- Enter or browse to the full path and name of the program you want to
run. If it has spaces, enclose the entire path and name in
- Click "OK"
- If you are using a laptop or other battery-powered device, click
the "Conditions" tab and remove any power settings that might
interfere with running on a battery.
- Click “OK”
Next, you create a shortcut to run the task:
- Right-click on an empty spot on the desktop.
- In the context menu that opens, choose New—Shortcut.
- In the box under “Type the location of the item”, enter
schtasks /run /tn "your_taskname" where
your_taskname is what was used in
step 4 above. Be sure to keep quotes around the task name.
- Click “Next”
- Enter a name for the shortcut.
- Click “Finish”
- Place the shortcut anywhere convenient.
Another version of the same workaround adds one more step, adding appropriate icon (again, I didn't copy images from the linked page):
- Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, and on the Change Icon button.
- Click/tap on OK.
- Click/tap on the Browse button.
- Navigate to the .exe file of the program that you have created this
shortcut with, select it, and click/tap on Open.
- Select the icon you want for the shortcut, then click/tap on OK.
- Click/tap on OK.
Place the shortcut to your startup folder instead of your desktop to start the program at the start of the OS (and remove the original shortcut from there, you don't need the program being run twice).