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The problem is, when I open applications I need to always right click, select run as admin.

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When I don't do it getting unexpected application errors. BTW, I turned off UAC.

It's annoying. Is there any way to change behavior of double left-click to act as "Run as administrator" action? I mean to make "Run as administrator" action by default. Thx in advance

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Did you rebooted after turn off UAC? –  avirk Nov 13 '12 at 17:04
    
@Ramhound Turning off UAC doesn't help in Windows 8, for files which are run from the Program Files (x86)-directory and possibly others. –  Aske B. Sep 30 '13 at 17:08
    
@Ramhound I found this problem today with the application "Notepad++". When I open files it doesn't run the program as administrator. I had to go to the directory of Notepad++ and open it as admin, and then open the file there. This problem never occured for me before I got Windows 8. All programs were run as admin by default when UAC was off, in Windows 7, to my experience. EDIT: and I needed the admin rights because I couldn't save the changes because it claimed the file was open in another program. –  Aske B. Sep 30 '13 at 17:19
    
@Ramhound I'm no expert so I can't prove you wrong but I used Windows 7 for several years and never experienced problems, and I only got Windows 8 two weeks ago, so it was my first thought. Plus it keeps asking me for permission if I want to edit files in certain directories, which clued me things had changed, since I never experienced that on Windows 7, after turning UAC off, of course. –  Aske B. Sep 30 '13 at 17:27
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Method 1 (only works on shortcuts):

  1. Right-click the shortcut, click Properties.
  2. Click Advanced. Select 'Run as Administrator'.

Method 2 (affects all shortcuts, and works on jumplists and opening files with the application):

  1. Go to the location of the executable.
  2. Right click AppThatRequiresAdminRights.exe en select Troubleshoot compatibility
  3. Select the option ‘Troubleshoot compatabilty’ after the wizard has finished detecting issues
  4. Choose the ‘The program requires additional permissions’ option. The wizard will apply the ‘Run as Administrator’ setting to AppThatRequiresAdminRights.exe
  5. Click ‘Test the program…’ (required) and close the wizard

Found here: http://bloggingabout.net/blogs/rick/archive/2012/10/16/howto-have-visual-studio-always-run-as-administrator-on-windows-8.aspx

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Use the good old Task scheduler trick which works since Vista.

Here is a tool which help you to do the steps:

http://freeavvarea.r00t.la/UACPass-en

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I can get Task Scheduler to run my app but it does it in the background for non-admin users. I need the app's UI to be visible to any account. Is this possible? –  gonzobrains Jul 15 '13 at 19:08
    
no, the trick only works if your account is part of the admin group. –  magicandre1981 Jul 16 '13 at 3:59
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Search for CMD in start menu and run it as administrator and enter the following command.

net user administrator /active:yes

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Kill all Explorer instances and then start it again through Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) with administrative rights.

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