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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'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, ...
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Broken UAC, cant edit File/folders or change settings in user account

It appears that UAC is broken cant move/delete some file/folders, when asked to use administrative right (and say yes) it shows the loading bar and then nothings gets moved/deleted, no error ...
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Autorun .bat file with no admin rights in Windows 7

I want to try to run .bat file just after loading windows 7 system, but the problem is that i have no rights of admin and the UAC is on. Is that possible? Or maybe is it possible to write the program ...
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Always run a given program as an administrator in Windows 8.1 without prompt

I have set up a program to always run as an administrator using the Compatability setting in Properties, which is necessary as the program always require administrator rights. Is there a way to make ...
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Run as different user and elevate

Within Windows Explorer, I can right click on an executable file and pick 'Run as administrator' which will launch the selected process with elevated privileges or I can shift-right click on the ...
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High-privilege autorun programs (tasks) stopping on their own

There’s a program that I want to be automatically run on startup, but because it requires elevated privileges, UAC interferes with it auto-running. I used the Task Scheduler method of working around ...
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Creating An “Elevated Shortcut” Allowing UAC To Be Bypassed For Certain Trusted Applications?

The User Account Control (UAC) notifies oneself before certain changes are made to your PC ie those which require Administrator level permissions. But sometimes this can be annoying especially for ...
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Drag-and-drop files onto applications in Windows 8

I've having this recurring problem the man described in this thread: Windows 8 - can't drag files from Explorer and drop on applications To summarize, it's about the impossibility to ...
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teamviewer and windows 7 uac

I have to install a software on a remote desktop by teamviewer. I am authenticated with administrator credentials by teamviewer windows authentication. The problem is that when I run the setup (I am ...
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Runas program as administrator [duplicate]

There is context menu entry on cmd, "Run as Administrator", that opens UAC window and launches cmd as Administrator. How can I open a program as Administrator in command line? I've read about runas ...
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Can't drag programs into cmd window, if it's started with admin provilege

If I start a CMD window with administrator privilege, I can't drag anything into that window any more. Usually I'd drag a file into it so that I could get the absolute path of a file, which is ...
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Windows 7 elevated privilege window not appearing

I have identified a very big problem that I have seen referenced by other posts in some programs, but usually work-arounded. It is as simple as you trying to execute an application you have ...
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Why does Windows 7 ask me to confirm that I want to install?

It's always a yes/no, and the whole os halts when installing a new app. Maybe it was this way with Vista, but it wasn't for XP/2000. I agree that Windows 7 is an improvement, but I don't ...
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How can I elevate once and for all the monitoring software from my motherboard when logging with a normal account?

I have recently updated my Motherboard. The new one (the make is Asus) provides a set of mostly monitoring/tuning software, e.g. to monitor the CPU temperature or stuff like that. All is nice and ...
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Avoid launching explorer to UAC-elevate a program from shell

I'm a member of administrators group on Windows 7. I need to run foo.exe from a Cmd or Powershell. The exe file requires elevation to work but the elevation is not specified in its manifest. Usually ...
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Make UAC prompt in remote desktop not default to smart card

In a remote desktop session, both client and server are Windows 8 Pro (w/Media Center), UAC prompts appear as follows (username and Microsoft account e-mail intentionally obscured, it does appear ...
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How do you make an application not run with elevated priviledges

I have this problem that started recently(about 3 days ago), every time I run Vim or Scite either by clicking its icon or using the context menu, it brings up the UAC dialog asking me if I want to run ...
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Windows 7 applications not working or installing

I have Windows 7 installed in my system, my problem is that applications don't get the right privileges. For example, usually when you download an application it will show it's install icon with the ...
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Task Scheduler shortcut not working

I'm trying to launch a shortcut from this guide: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/stop-annoying-uac-prompts-how-to-create-a-user-account-control-whitelist-windows/ But the shortcut refuse to launch the ...
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Admin Access Disabled

I have an Asus Laptop running Windows 7 64 bit. When I booted the computer today it showed two user account options. One was mine, the other was "Other User". Logged in as normal but I tried to do ...