This is caused when the current user does not have Administrator permissions, and Windows is not finding another account where the following requirements are met:
- The account should be in the Administrators group
- The account should be active
- The account shouldn't be hidden/special
If any of the above requirements aren't met, Windows will not display the password field.
Option 1 – using the current account
Using safemode or other means (e.g. replacing
sethc.exe to a copy of
cmd.exe) you can add the current user to the Administrators group. This will allow you to type out your password (and/or press "Yes") using your current account credentials, when a UAC prompt appears.
Option 2 – using another elevated account
When using an account that has sufficient permissions (e.g. using the above method first), you can assign correct permissions to another account for the purpose of using it when elevated permissions are required.
lusrmgr.msc → Users
- Choose an existing account (e.g.
Administrator, or create a new one (Action → New User)
- Open Properties for that user
- Make sure the "Account is disabled" checkbox is unchecked
- (Optional) Also uncheck "User cannot change password",
and check "Password never expires"
- Make sure the user is a member of the following groups:
REGEDIT.EXE and navigate to the following path:
Make sure a DWORD key with the same name of the user (e.g. Administrator) doesn't exist, or if it does, the value isn't set to
0. (e.g. the value should be set to
Option 3 – using the run as dialog
This option only works if you are confident that a privileged account with the correct username and password combination does exist on the machine, but Windows is refusing to display the password field in the UAC dialog.
This usually can happen if the privileged user does have correct permissions, but is not visible (e.g. the step 7 of the above option is not met).
In order to run a process (such as
cmd.exe) as another user, follow these steps:
- Follow a shortcut by right click → Open file location
- Hold Shift and Right-click on the executable
- Click Run as different user
- Enter credentials for the other user, hit Ok
This will allow you to run the executable as the other, privileged account (which also allow you to follow the option 2 within the elevated window).