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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

1
vote
0answers
38 views

How do I gain access to my C: Drive after completely locking it down?

I know the title might seem completely ridiculous but please read this before being biased. Okay, so I got myself into a real squeeze. I installed windows 10 technical preview for Enterprise on a ...
1
vote
2answers
675 views

User Account Control Keeps Popping Up

I am signed into my laptop on a domain network. I keep having a User Account Control login pop up asking me if I want to allow Networksto make changes to this computer. This keeps popping up all of ...
-1
votes
0answers
11 views

HYDRA_PERMISSION_RESTART argument on running executable

Recently, I discovered strange behaviour on my mom's laptop. I tried to install Utorrent, when I tried to run the executable UAC prompt and dimmed the screen. Previously I set the UAC not to dim the ...
1
vote
1answer
37 views

Windows 7 cannot verify publisher of certain system executables, incl. cmd.exe

I was trying to run cmd.exe as administrator in Windows 7 and I noticed that Windows didn't recognize it as being published by Microsoft Windows as it normally does. I tried a bunch of other commands ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

UAC dialog when changing windows settings windows 7

Each time I change a windows setting in control panel that requires admin a UAC (User account control) dialog pops up and this did not happen before. I am the main administrator on the computer and I ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

“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 ...
1
vote
3answers
391 views

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 ...
-1
votes
0answers
14 views

Win 7 task scheduler to run a game

We have an old PC game named "Caesar 3"; GOG now sells a version of it that runs fine on win7, as long as we're willing to answer "Yes" to the question of whether we want this program to change our ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

Windows 7 compatibility mode set for Windows XP SP3 for an executable from the command line and bypass User Account Control Prompt

I'm trying to package an application called Boss and is intended to be deployed through SCCM 2012 and seems that is an old Windows 2K application so it doesn't has all the properties I wish it could ...
1
vote
1answer
32 views

Require password on elevate in Windows 8.1 [duplicate]

I'm setting up a new laptop that has Windows 8.1 installed. What I'd like to do: require the account password to be entered whenever I get an elevate prompt ("Allow the following program to make ...
1
vote
4answers
776 views

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 ...
21
votes
7answers
84k views

How do I run the Windows 7 Explorer shell with Administrator Privileges by default?

The Windows 7 shell (Explorer) can be made to run with Administrator privileges by this manual process: Kill Explorer shell by holding down Shift+Ctrl, right-clicking the Shut down button in the ...
2
votes
0answers
31 views

How to list another account in the Windows 8 UAC prompt

At work, I was recently upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro. I've been using the Win 8 UAC prompt for installing software a lot, but I have to keep typing in the full admin name: ...
1
vote
0answers
34 views

disable UAC for specific programs so they can be run on non-administrative accounts [duplicate]

I want to disable UAC for specific programs so they can be run by non-administrative accounts but with administrative permissions. How can I do this? I use Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
0
votes
0answers
55 views

Is there a way to automatically disable the UAC each time Windows 7 boots (I'm an administrator)?

At work, we have a group policy (I think it is a group policy, correct me if I use the wrong term!) that automatically resets the UAC to "Default" every two days or so. I'm administrator on the ...
0
votes
1answer
53 views

Access denied on a directory (my own): So locked down that everything fails from icacls to takeown

On my Windows 8.1 system, I have a folder called "D:\Benutzer\Alle\Musik" (I'm german, this is like Users/All/Music) which was linked to the Music library folder in windows. I decided to add my music ...
17
votes
9answers
3k views

How to take a screenshot of Window's secure desktop?

By default, Windows Vista/7/8's UAC prompt is shown on a secure desktop. Unfortunately the Print Screen key doesn't seem to have any effect when viewing the secure desktop. I can see the reasoning ...
2
votes
1answer
73 views

Is it possible to elevate the permission of a program in Windows without using “Run as Administrator”?

I have an MSI that needs to run with administrator permissions. This installer will do some admin stuff, and eventually put a shortcut on the user's desktop. When I set the installer to "Run as ...
0
votes
0answers
21 views

Trigger UAC for a command in a batch

If I run in a batch the command: REG ADD HKLM\Software\MyCo /v Data /t REG_BINARY /d fe340ead from a batch I get the error: ERROR: Access is denied. If I select Run as Administrator, it works. ...
14
votes
2answers
9k views

Win+R runs as Administrator in Windows 8

In Windows 7 opening Run dialog (Win+R) and confirming with Ctrl + Shift + Enter ran specified command elevated. In Windows 8 this trick doesn't work anymore and I miss it a lot! Is there a way to ...
0
votes
1answer
66 views

Why is Adobe Flash asking to update when I don't have it installed?

I was shown a UAC prompt while working asking me if I wanted to allow Adobe Flash to run. (Looked identical to the first screen shot here: https://forums.adobe.com/message/4563117 ) Trouble is, I ...
2
votes
1answer
13k views

How can I get around “error 0x80070522” when creating files in the root of the C drive (C:\)?

One of our customers has just found a problem when trying to create a file on the root of the C Drive (C:\), on a Windows 7 Professional PC. I know they shouldn't be keeping files here, but there is ...
1
vote
2answers
8k views

Disable “You'll need to provide administrator permission” prompt in Windows 7

I'm just bored clicking on the CONTINUE button every time "You'll need to provide administrator permission" prompt appears, as I'm the only administrator of the PC. I've configured Notification system ...
1
vote
0answers
16 views

Allowing Underprivileged Users to Install Fonts on Windows 7 [duplicate]

I've run into this huge issue with a graphic designer. They want to be able to install fonts they have downloaded. This user is a non-admin user on the local machine and a non-admin user on our ...
31
votes
10answers
73k views

How to open a file for editing in Administrator mode?

I have .config files set to open in Notepad++. The files I edit are typically in protected locations (e.g. c:\windows\, c:\program files..., etc..) thus requiring administrator access. I'd like to ...
0
votes
1answer
55 views

csrstub.exe keeps on appearing on UAC, should I allow it?

csrstub.exe keeps on appearing on the User Account control asking permission to run. I got the feeling that his is a malware so I always select no, however it keeps on popping back again. What is ...
10
votes
6answers
806 views

Prevent specific applications from being run as administrator

Background Most installation toolkits have the ability to launch, automatically or otherwise, external programs after installation. This is often appears in the installer via such options as "Show ...
9
votes
9answers
60k views

How to Remove UAC Icon Overlays (Blue-Yellow Shields) in Windows 7

Over some of my program shortcuts and install files, there is an uac icon overlay (blue-yellow shield) and I find them really ugly. Is there any way to get rid of them please? Edit I closed UAC to ...
2
votes
1answer
244 views

UAC Quiet Mode & Recycle Bin

When running UAC on Windows 7 in so-called "quiet-mode" (automatic "Yes" to UAC prompts on Admin accounts), Delete operations on restricted files (where the Delete option is marked with the UAC ...
0
votes
3answers
1k views

Reset UAC on a folder after permitting access

When I access a folder in Program Files I get a UAC prompt confirming with me that I want to permit access to it. I say "yes" and get permanent access. My question is: how do I reset this folder so ...
0
votes
2answers
102 views

Lost access rights and permissions to secondary storage drive 'Program Files'. How do I regain control?

My problem is - I am unable to delete/uninstall/overwrite all folders and files inside of 'Program Files' in my storage E: drive, my operating system is installed in C: drive. I've read posts of ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

Windows Server 2012: trying to copy files via command line, getting permission denied

This makes no sense to me. I'm logged in as Administrator, I run PowerShell as Administrator, and I even went to the Control Panel and moved the UAC slider thing all the way down. What the heck is ...
1
vote
1answer
4k views

'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 ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Exception for UAC

I use a application called Everything (just google it) which automatically starts after I login. After I loged in, the UAC dialog appears which I must confirm with yes. This is a bit annoying each ...
3
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
26 views

Securing and protecting a shared computer

I allow friends and relatives to use my home computer, but I'd like to secure it as much as possible, and so I have a few questions: How can I require an admin password (that only I know) for any ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

How to elevate access for user NOT in administrators group and with disabled UAC in Windows 7?

When UAC is disabled and you try to perform a task which requires elevated access, you get "Access Denied" for users not in administrators group. However when UAC is enabled, you get an ...
1
vote
1answer
829 views

External mouse clicks not working during UAC prompt/windows or other elevated privilege programs

I have a Logitech Revolution VX, a small portable mouse. I use it on my laptop running Windows 7 64bit Professional. When a UAC prompt comes up, I can use the mouse to move the pointer, however any ...
3
votes
1answer
336 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
34 views

UAC prompt window delays at least 1 minute in Windows 7

I have an issue with UAC, only when is executed for first time it delays at least one minute, after that, any task which requires it, the UAC promps in 2 or 3 seconds. When I waiting that, I see in ...
1
vote
1answer
135 views

Locked out: Windows UAC messed up, domain server no longer available

I'm currently locked out of my Win7 laptop. I was allowed to take my work laptop with me when I left, but after 6 months away it started complaining that Windows needed to be activated. I tried ...
1
vote
0answers
14 views

Monitors go black at login and UAC prompts in Windows 7 [duplicate]

With an EVGA GTX 650 and 3 monitors (2 DVI and 1 HDMI), the monitors 'turn off' momentarily (as if entering power-saving mode, i.e. the backlights turn off) after logging in or invoking an application ...
2
votes
0answers
21 views

Limiting number of failed UAC password attempts?

Is there any way to limit or throttle the number of attempts at entering a password in the UAC prompt? Putting limits on how many times a password can be entered (either absolute or per time ...
1
vote
2answers
517 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
10k views

Windows 7 Administrator user doesn't have Admin rights

On windows 7, I have a user account of the 'administrator' type. However, whenever I try to do anything that only admins can do (ie: run a few cmd commands), I receive a message that I don't have the ...
1
vote
2answers
162 views

Set UAC Level with PowerShell

I'm looking for a way to set the UAC Level with Powershell/Command prompt. I'm aware the 'EnableLUA' value in the registry, but this won't set the level. It's just true or false. Is there a way to ...
0
votes
0answers
65 views

Process Hacker “System services”

Hoping that this isn't already asked somewhere and hoping it's not too vague. First time using anything on stackexchange. I'm a really curious person so I don't exactly need an answer to this ...
11
votes
5answers
8k views

Recover Windows 7 password of admin account with auto-logon enabled

I have a Windows 7 installation with just one (admin) account (guest is disabled). It is set to auto-login so I can get in without any problems and I can also 'right click' -> 'run as administrator' ...
2
votes
4answers
2k views

Can I launch Everything without getting UAC popup on Windows 7?

I like to use launchy, and on XP I can use it to quickly start a new instance of Everything so I can find some file or other. However on windows 7 when I try and start it from launchy I always get ...
14
votes
2answers
17k views

Hide account from login screen but can be used in UAC

So I have a Windows 7 home machine with 2 user accounts. One is a standard user account and one is an administrator account. Now this is going to be put in the hands of a very low-tech user so I ...