User Account Control is a technology on Windows Vista and up that improves security on systems by limiting processes to standard user privileges until an administrator manually authorizes privilege elevation.

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Setting the default left-click action on a specific shortcut to “Open” or “Run as administrator”

I have two separate machines (running Windows Server 20008 R2), which both have the same application installed on them (in this case SQL Server Management Studio). If I right-click on the Start menu ...
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Network Configuration Operator and UAC Issues

I am deploying computers to folks where they use network devices that require them to change the IP at will, but I do not want them to have any other privilege. To my delight, this group seems to fit ...
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Creating user account without admin or control panel

Simply put I need to create a basic user account on the computer without using control panel and without running any programs such as cmd with admin. Thanks In Advance
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AppLocker and UAC on windows 8.1

Using the feature:"Local Security Policy-> Application Control Policies->AppLocker->Executable Rules->Create default Rules" will create a rule: Allow BUILTIN\Administrators All Files On Windows7 ...
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Windows: Is it possible to take a screenshot (capture image screen) during UAC Administrator Elevation Prompt? [duplicate]

This is mostly out of curiosity, but I think it could be useful some day: As long as the UAC Administrator Elevation Prompt in Windows (Vista and laters) is supposed to be done in a different ...
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“Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.” error on windows 8, WITH JUST INSTALLATION EXE , NOT executable shortcuts

I am the Admin on windows 8 enterprise, I have my UAC prompt turned off. I ALWAYS (regardless of UAC prompt settings) receive this error when running ALL EXE files which are only installation packages ...
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There are multiple TEMP* accounts in \Users\ since switching to a limited account

Ever since I switched my normal Windows 7 user account to a limited account (for some reason the default is an admin account ◔_◔), there have been multiple TEMP* accounts accumulating in C:\Users. ...
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Windows 7 - UAC dialogue slow to get responsive [duplicate]

Googling on this topic gives only results to the issue "UAC lightbox slow to appear" - the screen remains black before the window pops up. I have another problem: the UAC dialogue box pops up ...
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UAC Whitelist for system processes?

On my computer (I am running Windows 7 Home Premium on an Administrator account), I have noticed that programs such as Resource Monitor, Task Manager, and MMC snap-ins do not prompt for UAC permission ...
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User accounts settings annoyance

I've been dealing with this problem for a while now and don't know how to fix it. SO every time I try to open "change user account settings" nothing happens when I click on it, same with change ...
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creating a new user account with the least privileges in windows 7

i'm just wondering how can i create a normal user account which can login without a password and can access only to the main partition usually named (C:) supposing that we have another partition named ...
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Query regarding UAC and editing files in Windows system folders

If I try to edit a text file in a system folder such as Program Files or Windows with Notepad (or an image with Paint, or... you get the idea) and then save it I get an "Access denied" error. Now I ...
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Virtualbox causing weird behavior in Windows (keyboard issues, UAC popups)

After installing Virtualbox, whenever I run it, my PC (Windows 7 x64 SP1) starts doing a few things that make it unusable until I restart the PC: Clicking a shortcut or other button on the taskbar ...
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Give regular user permission to access physical drive on Windows

Is there a way to assign permissions to a regular user to access a physical device/drive on Windows? The idea is to bypass "error: Cannot open the raw disk '\.\PhysicalDrive1'. Otherwise, it looks ...
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Force a UAC Prompt to Change Screensaver Settings

I want to force a UAC whenever someone goes to change the screensaver settings. I already did a registry hack where it forces the user to put in the admin password whenever the UAC pops up. Now I want ...
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7zip - self-extracting executables require admin privileges and trigger compatibility warning

When I create self-extracting archive executables for Windows with 7zip, the .EXEs trigger UAC on Windows7. And frequently after unzipping, I get this: I'm using commandline like: 7z a -sfx7z.sfx ...
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How to let standard user run an application that asks for administrator previleges [duplicate]

I have an application that asks for adminin previleges to run on a user account with standard previleges on a Windows 7 OS. Assuming that there is no way of him knowing the Admin password what would ...
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How can I run a Cygwin command (not a Windows native command) as privileged?

If I open a (elevated via UAC) Bash Shell in CygWin: Luis@Kenobi /cygdrive/c/Windows/system32 $ crontab.exe -l -u Luisito must be privileged to use -u Tested on WinXP-SP3 and Win7-SP1. Same results ...
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Opening some software does not show GUI in Windows 8.1, but has background Process running

I have a few applications that will open in the background, and even show a flash as if something is happening in the Window, but nothing ever loads as a GUI. Any way to debug or fix this? Currently ...
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'This application can't be activated when UAC is disabled'

Windows 8.1 64-bit Whenever I click on a PDF URL link it wont open. Instead I get this error message 'This application can't be activated when UAC is disabled'; I have switched my UAC level to ...
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Dropbox fails with “Dropbox requires administrator rights to continue, but could not elevate (unexpected error 6)” during installation

I just tried to install Dropbox on a users Windows 7 64 bit machine at work...and the installation program asked for my administrator password. When I type it in I get the error: "Dropbox ...
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How to run a program with elevated permissions from a limited permission user account without administrator password?

Pretend that I am a Karaoke DJ running a show with the application Sax & Dottys which only runs on Windows. I would like to hire someone to run the show for me in my absence. This means they would ...
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cygstart --directory switch is ignored when using --action=runas

It seems the --directory switch is ineffective when used with --action=runas when using cygstart. For example: cygstart --action=runas --directory=`cygpath -wa $PWD` cmd.exe /k dir The expected ...
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Perforce, UAC, and symlinks on Windows 7/8

I've met with the following interesting behavior; I'd appreciate if someone could explain the mechanics behind: When I get the source via Perforce, and it contains a symlink (for example as part of ...
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Can I set Ubuntu or Fedora to use a UAC-style prompt when something fails due to privileges?

Can I set Ubuntu or Fedora to use a UAC-style prompt when something fails due to privileges? As in, in Nautilus, when I open a .run installer and it requires root, can I have it automatically burst an ...
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How can I force elevation when working with security tab of file/folder properties in windows 7/2008?

In Windows 7 and above (maybe Vista), UAC comes to play when trying to assign permissions to files and folders via the security tab in file/folder properties. If I am a member of local administrators ...
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How to lauch Windows 8 Apps with no UAC while being “Super-Admin”?

Under Windows 8; if you activate the default "Built-in Administrator" account, you can't launch Windows 8 Metro Interface Apps anymore. Windows says : "This application cannot be activated by the ...
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Windows 8.1 - I need to run everything “as administrator” for things to work properly

suddenly everything I launch needs to be administrator or it won't work. Including all installers, if I launch an installer without right clicking and selecting administrator, it won't work. What ...
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UAC and old (XP) program called “colsetup” [duplicate]

I'm having troubles running an XP program (Robcad 7.5.1) under Windows 7. The program calls an executable called colsetup.exe and fails: log shows it needs admin right, but it does not (I think it's ...
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Set a couple of permissions for a specific user

I don't know if I worded my question right, if I haven't I apologize. What I would like to achieve is the following for a specific, non-admin user on my computer: Require admin password for ...
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gvim suddenly starts triggering User Account Control, on Windows 7, breaks AutoHotkey

On Windows 7, my copy of gVim has suddenly triggered the User Account Control popup "Do you want the following program from an unknown publisher to make changes on this computer?" As far as I can ...
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Unable to save changes to UAC?

I am having issues with the user account control settings on my laptop. I change them and rebooted and they are fine until I reboot again and they re-set back to the highest level. There are a number ...
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runas with GUI popup?

In Windows Server 2012R2, I've added a context menu item in Explorer to allow me to open certain files with a specific program as Administrator. I use this command: "%SystemRoot%\system32\runas.exe" ...
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Fresh Win7 x64 install, no user has admin access and admin account is disabled

Well, I consider myself a "power user" for about a decade, I've done countless Windows installations (starting with '95, IIRC) and even some Linux, but this is just astounding... never had this happen ...
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Can't save game (write file to disk) from guest account, even with permissions

Under Windows 7 I have two accounts, one guest and one superuser. The guest doesn't have permission to install software (i.e. user the Windows Installer), but has been granted permission to read/write ...
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Cannot map network drives using 'net use' while elevated as an administrator

So, this problem stems from not being able to save anything on my network drives. I tried using takeown on everything in the network drive as the user Joey (which is an administrator on my computer ...
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Is it okay to use an administrator account for everyday use if UAC is on?

Since I switched to Windows 7 about 3 years ago, and now using Windows 8.1, I have become familiar with the concept of User Account Control and used my PC the following way: a standard account which I ...
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Disable UAC/SID/ACL on windows 2008 R2

When i am logged in as an administrator on windows 2008R2 I NEVER EVER WANT permissions to be denied for any access modifications configurations or changes I make EVER. If I delete a printer I want it ...
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How do I grant elevated privileges for a program during runtime? [duplicate]

When I've already started an application with a normal user account, at some point I may face that the program actually requires an elevated privilege for some operation. Closing and restarting the ...
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Windows 8.1: administrator account has access denied to other partitions

UAC is activated for the administrator. With Windows 8 everything is okay. After the upgrade to 8.1, the administrator account is denied to access the every partition except the one containing ...
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Why shouldn't I turn off UAC?

I've read in a few places that you should not turn off Windows User Account Control (UAC), but there are guides all over the internet explaining how to do it, and some people say I should have nothing ...
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Windows 8.1 Administrator

I am evaluating Windows 8.1 for business purposes and there is one major drawback which I am running into. In Windows 7 our users normally turn UAC all the way off so that they can edit files on the ...
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manifest already “asInvoker” still ask elevated permission

the application's manifest is already <v3:requestedExecutionLevel level="asInvoker"/>why it still asking to elevated permission?? is any way to run this applcation as normal user or is there a ...
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Windows, UAC and file copy

I recently upgraded my work computer to Windows 8 and I am an administrator on the computer. I have left the UAC on. I have started to notice some odd behavior when attempting to copy .exe files to ...
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Running RSAT Tools as another user using Powershell

What I try to accomplish is running some RSAT Tools out of a Powershell-Script as another user (Domain-Admin). Here is my run code: Start-Process -FilePath "C:\Windows\system32\mmc.exe" ...
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Majority of applications require explicit administrator rights

I have a windows 7 computer, and I've been having a really frustrating problem where the majority of applications require administrator rights that normally didn't on my previous windows 7 computer. ...
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Why is it sometimes required to log-off and log-on back again after adding a group to a user

In Windows systems (particularly Windows Server 2008R2 which I an using), sometimes when I add a local user to a local group, the user needs to log-off and log-on back again before this new group is ...
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Share Windows7 and Windows8 erro “to continue, please enter administrator password”

In our network we have a Win2003 Now we try to install windows7 and windows8 for our clients, Our client in active directory have a "Normal User" For example: user "arab" when share one folder in PC ...
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How do I tell if a program is running with admin rights

How do I tell if a particular instance of a program running on Win 7 is running with admin rights. I tried looking at "properties" from Sysinternals process explorer, but I don't know what exactly to ...
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can UAC prevent reading a certficate?

Weird question with, hopefully, a short answer. I have this application running on windows 7 that calls a webservice through a .NET DLL. To be able to do that it needs to read some certificates, ...