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I have application which I don't want to tamper with my system settings, they require me to run them as administrator but I don't want that. I am 100% sure the applications will work without elevated access. Mainly programs which want to do anything in Program Files, but I install the programs into "Programs" folder (one which I created myself) so the applications don't need elevated access.

How can I run an application which requires elevation as non-elevated when on my admin account?

This would also be especially usefull for applications trying to install legit stuff + "a virus" (which cannot be detected by any AV software).

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it seems to me you need a virtual machine. –  Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Apr 26 '13 at 13:21
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This just became a shopping question! –  Dave Rook Apr 26 '13 at 13:23
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because you specifically asked for software. –  Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Apr 26 '13 at 13:26
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@ThePet - I suggest you remove your first comment which starts with is there really no (freeware)program which allows to launch applications as non elevated, then it will be back on topic :) –  Dave Rook Apr 26 '13 at 13:27
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well any way, system related without third party software or with extra software, I don't care how, as long as it works :P –  user144773 Apr 26 '13 at 13:27

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If you don't hesitate to modify the exe file:

The exe file contains a manifest; search for something that looks similar to:

<requestedPrivileges>
  <requestedExecutionLevel level="requireAdministrator" uiAccess="false" />
</requestedPrivileges>

(Of course this will look different in the hex editor of your choice.) level could as well be "highestAvailable". Change it to "asInvoker".

(If you don't know how to patch an exe file, you should not try this. In no case use an editor like Notepad.)

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