I'm using VNC for remote access and test for a small computer with Windows10.

Everything is working fine, expected when i run an application that require the administrator right.

When i run cmd.exe, it's ok. But if i run cmd.exe with administrator rights, the problem appear.

And when i run an exe with the small blue and yellow shield, (regedit, event viewer, visual studio installer, etc.), this is the same problem.

I keep the display (with refreshing), but mouse and keyboard have no effect on the remote computer. And when i close the cmd.exe (or other offending software) with the local mouse, remote mouse and remote keyboard magically work again.

I have tried with different server (TightVNC & TigerVNC) and different clients (Screen Sharing, RealVNC & TigerVNC). My viewer is a running OSX.

No problem with RDP, i keep the control.

I don't think it's a bug, it's too specific and reproducible. Maybe a parameter from Windows 10?


It sounds like the VNC server is running in User Mode and can only interact with other processes running in the same (non-elevated) context as the logged on user. As a result, VNC cannot interact with any program that requires administrative rights, which includes the Secure Desktop that's shown when User Account Control prompts for permission to start an elevated process.

You can solve this by configuring your VNC server to run as an elevated process. This might be described in a setting as Run as a service or something similar.

You could also disable UAC on the VNC host computer and be sure to log on with an account that has administrative rights, but that's an insecure workaround that you should avoid at all costs.

  • The RealVNC server can also be run in service mode which does allow you to capture the screen when the UAC prompt is displayed. – srk Nov 13 '17 at 10:40
  • @srk Thanks. I edited the answer to clarify that's what I'm referring to. The UAC level of the VNC client would not matter in this case. – I say Reinstate Monica Nov 13 '17 at 12:45

I'm searching a solution without success for hours and i find the solution just after my post here.

The solution is simple: you need to run the VNC server as an administrator (left click), or register the server as a service (it's an option proposed by the TightVNC installer).

Tested and approved with TightVNC server.

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