Ubuntu remembers one has recently authorized admin access (Sudo and Gksu at least) to avoid the need to repeatedly auth.

Is this possible in Windows?

  • Do you mean disabling UAC? What version of windows. – soandos Aug 18 '11 at 3:33
  • @soandos: Disabling UAC is a bad thing to do, it breaks applications as their visualized locations are no longer accessed. It also introduces a large security risk at no benefit; if you really want to disable UAC, change the behavior of the elevation prompt for standard users to automatically approve. – Tamara Wijsman Aug 18 '11 at 3:37
  • I just want to understand the question. – soandos Aug 18 '11 at 3:38
  • @soandos: But it wouldn't have been a solution, I think. Please note to use @-replies so that people see your replies... :) – Tamara Wijsman Aug 18 '11 at 11:07
  • @Tom, I thought that the person directly above gets notified anyway? – soandos Aug 18 '11 at 12:38

You could set up two accounts, an administrator account and an user account.

Then, change the Local Group Policy Settings such that the administrator doesn't need approval.

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    Then just hit CTRL+ALT+DEL to go to Fast User Switching. This also defeats UAC dialog spoofing. – surfasb Aug 18 '11 at 5:22
  • Separate accounts and user switching seem like a lot of work since it'd mean separate folders for downloads, documents, etc. – Paul R Rogers Apr 20 '13 at 21:17
  • @user497816: You can create an account in under a minute; fast user switching is not needed, you can instead elevate the process to be used as the administrator. – Tamara Wijsman Apr 20 '13 at 21:27

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