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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Selectively disabling UAC for specific programs on Windows 7

I have some programs running on start-up like Everything. UAC prompts every time the Windows starts. How can I set a program to make sure that no intervening prompt would appear during start-up?
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How do I disable administrator prompt in Windows 8?

I am using Windows 8 Enterprise on my development machine. Most of the time, I need full administrator for debugging, changing system files, etc. In Windows 7, setting UAC to "never notify" would ...
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Can you turn off UAC for a single app?

I'm running windows 7 RC. I've got a few poorly-designed apps that force me to click through a UAC box in order to launch them. This is becoming quite an annoyance. I don't mind UAC aside from this ...
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Disabling UAC on Windows 7?

How can I completely disable UAC on Windows 7? Also, I know my own benefits, but what are the risks?
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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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Force a program to run *without* administrator privileges or UAC?

Is there any way that I can force a program that normally requires administrator privileges (via UAC) to run without them? (ie: no UAC prompt and no system-wide access.) Added: Without modifying the ...
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Prevent elevation (UAC) for an application that doesn't need it

Having recently migrated from Vista 32bit to Windows 7 64bit, one of my programs now requires admin rights. I use a rather exotic text editor (Crimson Editor). Although not designed for Vist/Win7 it ...
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Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Vista

Is there any way to configure application that requires administrator privilages (elevation) so it's automatically started with elevated privileges and does not request elevation on every startup? ...
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Grant permanent UAC permission to one program? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Selectively disabling UAC for specific programs on Windows 7 Is there a way to grant permanent UAC permission in Windows 7 to a single program? I have an old program ...
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How to always run as administrator applications on Windows 8

The problem is, when I open applications I need to always right click, select run as admin. When I don't do it getting unexpected application errors. BTW, I turned off UAC. It's annoying. Is ...
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UAC being turned off once a day on Windows 7

I have strange problem on my HP laptop. This began to happen recently. Whenever I start my machine, Windows 7 Action Center displays the following warning: You need to restart your computer for ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Stop UAC/Secure Desktop from dimming the screen

I like the concepts of UAC and the "Secure Desktop" in Windows 7, but I don't like the dimming of the Secure Desktop to prompt for Admin credentials (or OK button to get clicked). However, dimming ...
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On Windows 7 can one make UAC on an admin account prompt for the password, just like a limited account?

I am one of the very few who likes the security of UAC and so I have the UAC set to "Always Notify" on my Admin account. But I would be even happier if the system would prompt me for a password, when ...
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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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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 ...
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Windows 7 UAC (user access control) is being disabled on every reboot

To put it simply, I noticed UAC was disabled so I enabled it. I was prompted to reboot the computer for the changes to take effect. Upon my reboot I checked the settings again as I hadn't disabled UAC ...
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How to start WampServer without providing administrator privileges?

I just set up Dexpot to start WampServer automatically when I enter a new desktop. The problem is that I've hidden my taskbar, and WampServer needs administrative rights. So I have to use Alt-Tab to ...
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How can I tell whether a process is running with administrator permissions?

I'm using Windows Vista, with UAC enabled. I've installed an application, and the installer required admin privileges. The installer then started the application. I'd like to know if the application ...
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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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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 ...
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Have Windows “Run” dialog run as Admin?

Windows has this nifty little shortcut for running commands. Press Windows + r. Problem is, is there an easy way to have the commands I run in that dialog to prompt for a UAC credentials dialog and ...
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Where do I find the certificate file so I can add a program to “Trusted Publishers” in the certmgr?

I have three programs that startup automatically with Windows 7. They are: Webroot SecureAnywhere Soluto Anti-Frustration Software everything.exe Each of these programs bring up a blue UAC dialog ...
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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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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 ...
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How to assign permissions to manage windows service when UAC is enabled?

I have following scenario: I'm local admin on my computer with Windows 7 Enterprise and UAC enabled Computer is not in domain and is not under group policy I run some program without running it as ...
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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 ...
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Windows 7 “Run as Administrator” when already an Administrator [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do I need to run commands as administrator if my account is member of administrator group? Silly question here: why in Windows 7 (and presumably Vista/Server2008) ...
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How to start a program as administrator through a pinned to taskbar shortcut, through one of the “recent” files

I'll try to explain my situation: I am a developer and use Visual Studio. I always want to run Visual Studio as administator. I have pinned a shortcut to the task bar and in its properties set it to ...
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Why does UAC still prompt me when “Run as Administrator” is permanently set?

In the Properties, Compatibility (or Shortcut) tab I have ticked the "Run as administrator" box for certain applications that need administrator privileges. When I then run these applications Windows ...
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How to Run an app as Administrator without the prompt?

When I start SQL Server Management Studio 2008, I an error that's been around forever and is documented here. One of the suggestions to fix it that actually worked was to start SSMS with Run as ...
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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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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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Whitelist .EXE in UAC? - WIndows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Vista Selectively disabling UAC for specific programs on Windows 7 Grant permanent UAC permission to one program? How can ...
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How can to manually change the default (suggested / favourite) users of the Windows UAC dialog?

Whenever I want elevated rights (via the Windows 7 User Access Control dialog), I need to input the [LaptopLocalName]\administrator. Because the user is in the domain, you cannot even just type ...
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Always start Visual Studio as an Administrator on Windows 8

Whenever I start Visual Studio 2012 in Windows 8 it always needs Administrator permissions to access IIS meta data and debug local web applications on IIS. If I turn UAC off, I cannot launch the ...
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How to deny elevation to a program?

Does Windows have a "automatically deny elevation request" list? If a user is a "standard user", it is possible to have Windows automatically deny any elevation requests by changing the ...
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How to get UAC to co-operate with synergy2

How do I get UAC to behave so that I can control the dimmed desktop and programs running under UAC grants with synergy client? (The kb and mouse are connected to a Linux machine, windows is running ...
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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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Cause a UAC popup from commandline without custom tools

In Win7, a user can right-click on a program and choose 'Run as administrator'. You get a popup, but do not have to enter the administrator password. I would like to get the same functionality, but ...
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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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Run a program from context menu with admin priveledges (vista UAC)

I have been using Notepad2 lately, great util and i added it to the context menu hence i can click on a file and say Notepad2 and it edits it .. but it loads notepad2 without admin privs so i can't ...
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How to run Firefox in Protected Mode? (i.e. at low integrity level)

I noticed that Firefox, unlike Chrome and Internet Explorer, doesn't run in the Low Mandatory Level (aka Protected Mode, Low Integrity) Google Chrome: Microsoft Internet Explorer: Mozilla ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Is it possible to disable UAC for one user only via registry or command line?

I would like to make a special user that has UAC disabled and I'd like to be able to automate it. Note that Disable Vista UAC for Admin Only is not a duplicate, because it uses GPOs.
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Prevent elevation (UAC) for an unsigned application

I'm in the task to make a .manifest file, so Win7 does no bother me with the UAC because it is an unsigned app. (The app is old and wont be upgraded) I've tried several ways from looking around the ...