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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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In Windows, if I refuse an app's UAC request, why must it not continue running?

Coming from a Linux/Unix background, I cannot understand how UAC works in Windows. I heard that UAC works like sudo. My Linux application can do some other work before calling sudo. But in Windows, ...
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Getting console2 to work nicely with UAC

I would like to get console2 to work nicely with UAC Particular problems I would like to tackle: If I start non-elevated, have a way to elevate while running. It'd be especially nice if I could ...
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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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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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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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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' ...
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Why do I have to have administrator permissions to remove a desktop shortcut in windows 7?

How can I allow a non-admin user to customize their desktop?
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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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Windows 7: Always remember UAC choice for an application

I have some applications that I open from time to time, and I always get this UAC message with Do you want to allow the following program from an unknown publisher to make changes to this ...
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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 ...
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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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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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How can I run ALL my Apps “as administrator” by default in Windows 7?

I know that I can change the property in advanced setting of the shortcut to run one app as administrator. But is possible to do that for all my application? There is a general setting or something ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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If a Windows cmd.exe is running with elevated privileges does anything I execute from its prompt also run with elevated privileges?

If my cmd.exe Window says "Administrator" in the title bar, indicating it was started with elevated privileges, does this mean anything I execute from this command window is also run with elevated ...
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Turn off “unknown publisher” message for older Windows application?

Anyone know how to turn off or suppress the "unknown publisher" message for a specific application? The application is a legacy version of Delphi that we use to update a LOB application. I thought ...
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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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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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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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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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Are there any security benefits to running as a Standard User in Windows 7 with UAC turned all the way up?

I currently have my Windows 7 machines set up so that my main user account, the one I use on a daily basis, is a Standard User. I have a separate account that is set as the Administrator. The UAC is ...
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How do I configure my application to run as administrator automatically?

I have created a patch file with an executable inside of it using Winrar SFX feature. After executing the SFX file and the extraction ends up, my executable file will never run because it doesn't have ...
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Is the UAC level in Windows per individual user?

Can each user have different UAC level in a PC? Specifically, can an Admin have UAC level set to "never notify" and a User have UAC level set to "always notify" and so on?
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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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Can I change the user that is the default choice in UAC?

Windows 7 install. I RANU, so I have to hit the UAC every once in awhile. The problem is that it asks me to enter my password to elevate, but I need to enter the domain\username of the box admin ...
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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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How do I (properly) access another users' recycling bin without logging in as him?

I am using Windows 7 daily as a limited user with UAC enabled. I log in as $USER and have have a dummy user called $ADMIN with Administrative access I use for elevation purposes. Unfortunately, some ...
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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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Are standard users still useful when Windows 8 has UAC?

My last computer ran XP; administrators had unrestricted access (no UAC) and my normal day to day account was a standard user. I simply did a 'run as' then entered the admin credentials when I needed ...
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Why does the error “(app name) can't open while File Explorer is running with administrator privileges” occur?

I'm getting this message when I try to start a Modern UI app after explorer was restarted with admin privileges (by a setup program). I know how to fix it (just restart explorer without admin ...
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Silently Skip Windows 7 UAC Prompts?

NOTE: I am not trying to disable UAC. I have a Windows 7 machine where I've added one administrator account and one regular user account. When using the regular user account, a UAC dialog will show ...