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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Does “Run as administator” really do anything if UAC is off?

I know that User Account Control should not be turned off, but let's just say it's off for the sake of argument. With UAC off, I still have the option to "Run as administrator" on executable files, ...
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How do I allow programs that require admin rights to run at startup in Vista [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Vista I have several monitor/profile apps set to run at startup (Logitech Hardware stuff) that require elevated ...
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How can I make my keyboard's media keys work when an elevated program has focus?

When I hit my media keys when using Visual Studio 2010 normally, they control Media Player Classic just fine. When I launch VS2010 with elevated privileges, I have to select another program in order ...
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Synergy client drops and reconnects at UAC dialog

I've been using Synergy for a while at work to connect my XP machine (the host) to my Win 7 laptop (the client). I previously was having issues with using Synergy and the UAC prompt, as described in ...
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Is there a way to run resource monitor (resmon.exe) without administrator privileges?

Is there a way to run resource monitor (resmon.exe) without administrator privileges? The user is member of the debug users, power users, performance monitor and performance log groups, however, this ...
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Run As Administrator Shortcut Without Password Prompt

I have installed a program on Windows 7 that needs Admin rights to run properly. When running on Windows XP; I used the runas command with the savecred switch to create a shortcut that opened the ...
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How to completely turn off UAC in Windows 7?

How do I go about completely turning off the User Account Control in Windows 7?
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I am admin on win 7, why still need to “run as admin” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do I need to run commands as administrator if my account is member of administrator group? Windows 7 “Run as Administrator” when already an Administrator ...
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How to tell Windows 7 that an application does not need to run with admin rights? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Prevent elevation (UAC) for an application that doesn't need it I am using an application that was written before Windows Vista/Windows 7. Windows has decided that ...
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Start elevated command prompt in %UserProfile% directory by default?

When I start an elevated Command Prompt in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, the initial directory is the %SystemRoot%\system32 directory. This is the default Windows behavior, and is not a problem ...
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Setting a shortcut to trigger task scheduler

I wanted to disable the UAC popup box when running the command prompt as admin, but this didn't work for me. What did work, was setting the task scheduler to run it as admin given a specific trigger. ...
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Windows 7 UAC lightbox is slow to appear - can it be sped up?

On my Vista machine I never noticed any lag with the UAC lightbox, but on Windows 7 the desktop disappears, then there is a definite delay of about a second of black screen before it pops up - just ...
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What is causing my system to wait 10 minutes after boot before presenting a UAC elevation prompt?

Since about four days ago, every time I restart or reboot my Windows 7 machine, the system comes back up with Microsoft Security Essentials disabled. The network and sharing icon in the status bar ...
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How to add exception in UAC list so that software runs without asking

Whenever i run few application it asks for UAC list , i have to press continue to run that software. Is there any way to add some program which i need on daily basis so that i don't have to press ...
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Make exe or bat require admin privileges UAC

I am trying to create an install CD to install multiple windows updates and hotfixes in one. The Autorun.inf launching a .bat (or .exe) running each update in turn. Currently if I run this .bat each ...
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How does Windows 7 know to add the UAC shield to some shortcuts?

How does Windows 7 know to add the UAC shield to some shortcuts? I used to have to tell the program to run as an administrator. But now that same shortcut has the yellow and blue UAC shield icon on ...
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suddenly Windows 7 requires UAC for perl programs?

I've been happily running perl programs on my Windows 7 PC for almost a year, and now suddenly they won't run without UAC intervention. When I give permission, they run in a new window, blink their ...
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Don't understand why I need an elevated token to access a folder with full access

I've searched around for this, and all I can find is the usual "i'm an admin but need to elevate" kind of questions. This isn't quite the same. I have a D drive on a file server (2008 r2 and same ...
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Windows has blocked some startup programs

I put a shortcut to MSI Afterburner, my graphics card monitoring program, into my startup folder. Every time I start up my computer, Windows pops up a message saying "Windows has blocked some startup ...
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“Error 5: Access denied” when installing programs with UAC turned off

I'm having some trouble installing msysgit 1.7.3.1preview on Windows 7 Home Premium. I downloaded the setup file from the Google Code and then ran it. Upon running, I got the following error: I ...
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How to remove UAC sheild Icon [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to Remove UAC Icon Overlays (Blue-Yellow Shields) in Windows 7 How can we remove the (yellow-blue) UAC icon that overlay on our executable files without changing UAC ...
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How useful is UAC?

Does it work like the Unix tradition of running as a non-privileged user? Is it enough to eliminate the need for an antivirus?
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How to toggling UAC on/off quickly, eg. using command line, in Windows-7?

I'm writing codes which relates to UAC and need to turn it on/off very often. So that I'm looking for a way to turning it on/off quickly, prefer to use command line. Please share if you know how ...
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How can I get the UAC/elevation prompt to remember my local username?

I want to be able to run as a non-admin domain account for normal work and be prompted for elevation when needed. This is fine when not in a domain as the elevation prompt remembers my user name and I ...
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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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UAC Status from Command Line

Is there any command which will tell me the state of UAC? Eg it's switched on, off of which level it's on.
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Disable Vista UAC for Admin Only

In vista is there a way to disable the UAC for Administrators only? Preferrably without to much messing with the registry.
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Is a Separate Administrator Account Necessary in Windows 7?

I am getting a new laptop soon and wasn't sure what the best course of action was on this topic. On my previous computers, I have always had a standard user which I used most of the time and an ...
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Check what administrator rights are needed by the application

Is there a tool that I can use to check why a certain application requires administrator rights under Windows7/Windows server 2008?
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Windows UAC vs. Linux sudo

Is it correct to say that Windows UAC is conceptually the same as Linux sudo? Can you point out the differences between the two?
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Are processes launched by elevated processes themselves elevated?

I have a program that launches a browser window when a user performs certain actions. My program requires Administrator access (i.e. must be launched via "Run as Administrator" or have ...
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Send Ctrl+Alt+Del over VNC with Windows Vista and UAC off?

I'm trying to set up a machine here with UltraVNC on Windows Vista with UAC off. The problem is, in this configuration, I can't send Ctrl + Alt + Del (CAD) to the Windows Vista machine, and ...
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How to launch a GUI Windows application with administrator rights without asking for the pasword from the user?

The user using the computer logs-in to the Windows 7 Professional system through an Active Directory domain and has no administrative rights. I am the administrator and can give him the rights but, ...
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Use windows as non admin is the security equivalent of using UAC?

If I want to make my Windows more secure, should I use a standard account or UAC will suffice? With UAC I don't need to type passwords to perform admin tasks.
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Deleting folders give access denied error message on Windows 7, although I am administrator

I have an external hard drive that was used as a Windows partition before, but now I want to use it for storage instead. I have added it to my Windows 7 machine, but I am not allowed to write or ...
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How do I disable UAC for a specific program on my son's account?

I see a lot of answers for how to disable UAC for specific applications on one's own personal account, but I haven't seen anyone ask or answer this question. We have a family computer. Each of us ...
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Why doesn't Firefox trigger UAC notification on Windows 7?

I have a C# (WPF) application (my own creation) that needs to open a port on the computer. This means that it requires administrative privileges to run. The app is currently unsigned and every time I ...
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Administrator account vs elevated privileges: what's the difference?

What's the difference between an Administrator account and elevated privileges? What types of things Admin account grants and where do you need elevated privileges? (i.e. run as administrator)
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Windows 7 - no administrator account

Somehow in the last 24 hours my account has changed to a 'Guest account'. I am using Windows 7 Professional. The only application that I installed was GoToMeeting. I didn't notice anything ...
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Skype wants to make changes to the computer every time it starts

For a few days every time I start Skype I get an UAC prompt from Windows 7 about Skype wanting to make changes to my computer and whether I want to allow it. Why Skype needs elevated permissions all ...
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How can I edit system files in Windows Vista/7 from Explorer?

In Windows Vista/7, when I open a system file (say, system32/drivers/etc/hosts) with an editor (I am using Notepad++, but I guess it can be anything else) and make some changes to it, I cannot save ...
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Windows 7 can't read DVDs after IT department revoked, then regranted “RemovableStorageDevices”

Problem After my IT department revoked - then re-granted - permission to use "Mass Storage Devices", my laptop's optical drive can no longer read DVDs or CDs. However, it appears to be able to write ...
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Always elevated administrative rights in Windows 8 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I disable administrator prompt in Windows 8? I always used Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (SP1) with User Account Control completely turned off - the slider in the ...
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My account is in administrators group, but doesn't honor permissions for administrators group on remote share?

I am on a home network and not using a domain controller. My username is in the administrators group and I have UAC turned on. I have a share on a network computer that has certain rights for users of ...
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windows 7 second monitor switch off after UAC prompt

I have a laptop with a second monitor connected in extended mode. Every time a UAC prompt comes up, both monitors dim, then about 1 or 2 seconds after the prompt goes away, the extended configuration ...
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Windows 7 - Accessing old Vista install on external harddrive - UAC

I've installed Windows 7 on a new harddrive, and have attached my old vista installed hd via an external dock. I'm trying to copy the contents of my old hd across, but hitting problems when trying to ...
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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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Reason for User Account Control dialog

Can I see the reason for User Account Control dialog appearing? When starting Pencil, the UAC dialog appears. I don't see a reason why the program should need elevated privileges. Is there a way to ...
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What is a “loader flag” in Windows?

I was following the accepted solution to the following SuperUser question, which recommends the use of the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit to apply the RunAsInvoker fix: Prevent elevation ...
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Why my Network Connection Properties don't show UAC prompt & settings change everytime I connect?

I can't set my network connection interface properties, UAC prompt doesn't appear anymore for only this adapter interface. I disable Netbios but each time I connect it changes back to default. Earlier ...