After a recent Windows Update in December 2014 or January 2015, I now have to run a lot of programs as Administrator in order to avoid access/security errors. I'm not sure why, as I'm a local administrator on my machine. I am running Windows7 x64.

For instance, if I run a Command Prompt without running-as Administrator, and try using "net start" or "net stop" to modify a service, I will get various errors, such as "System error 5 has occurred" or "Access is denied". However, if I open up my Services window, I am able to start and stop the same services without issue. I had always been able to start/stop services from Command Prompt until after a recent reboot. So, either a Group Policy or a Windows Update is at play here.

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    check the UAC slider position. – magicandre1981 Jan 27 '15 at 17:11
  • Thanks, but then what? Slide it all the way down? – WEFX Jan 27 '15 at 18:30
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    move the slider down. This is what you have done before, other wise you would never be able to run command with admin rights without running a cmd explicitly with admin rights. – magicandre1981 Jan 28 '15 at 5:46

My issues turned out to be caused by a new Group Policy at work. Once the NT Admins pushed a newer policy to correct this, the issue went away for me and other coworkers. However, the fix suggested by @magicandre1981 also worked for others before the updated GP got pushed out, so people should try that if they stumble upon this question.

  • do you know which GP setting was deployed? – magicandre1981 Jan 28 '15 at 16:49
  • I'm sorry. I do not; I'm not an admin. – WEFX Jan 29 '15 at 20:43

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