User Account Control (UAC) - Elevate Privilege Level

ByLine
How to Elevate All Administrator Accounts UAC Privilege Level
Synopsis
This will show you how to change all administrator account's UAC Privilege Level to keep UAC on and not prompt an admnistrator, have UAC ask administrator for password, or the default of asking an Administrator to Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7) for permission.
How to Elevate All Administrator Accounts UAC Privilege Level

information   Information
This will show you how to change all administrator account's UAC Privilege Level to keep UAC on and not prompt an admnistrator, have UAC ask administrator for password, or the default of asking an Administrator to Continue for permission. UAC will still be on and work as usual for the Standard and Guests account types. For more information, see:
Note   Note
This will still leave Protected Mode: ON in Internet Explorer to.
Tip   Tip
To Have UAC Progam Exceptions to not have UAC ask for your permission on certain programs in Vista only, then you can use the Norton UAC Tool for this. This program will not work in Window 7.
warning   Warning
This can only be done while logged on to an administrator account.






OPTION ONE
Using a REG File Download

1. To Elevate Administrators Privilege Level for no Prompting by UAC
NOTE: When you elevate the administrator accounts privilege level, the Security Center in Vista will give you an alert warning notification in the notification area of the taskbar until you undo this. To turn this alert off, see: How to Disable or Enable the Security Center Alert Warning Notification in Vista.​
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Elevate_Administrator_Priviledge.reg
download

B) Go to step 4.​

2. To Have UAC Prompt Administrators for a Password
NOTE: This will act just like it does in a Standard account by UAC asking you for the administrator's password before continuing.​
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Administrator_UAC_Require_Password.reg
download

B) Go to step 4.​

3. To Have UAC Prompt Administrators for a Continue or Yes
NOTE: This is the default setting for UAC asking the administrator to click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7) to give permission.​
A) Click on the download button below to download the file below.​
Restore_Default_Settings.reg
download

4. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.​
5. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.​
6. Click on Run, Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (UAC-Windows 7), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.​
8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​





OPTION TWO
Through Local Security Policy

NOTE: This method is only available for the Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.
1. Open the Local Security Policy editor.​
2. In the left pane, click on Local Policies. (See screenshot below step 5)​
3. Click on Security Options.​
4. In the right pane, double click on User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode.​
Policy.jpg

5. To Elevate Administrators Privilege Level for no Prompting by UAC
NOTE: When you elevate the administrator accounts privilege level, the Security Center in Vista will give you an alert warning notification in the notification area of the taskbar until you undo this. To turn this alert off, see: How to Disable or Enable the Security Center Alert Warning Notification in Vista
A) Click on the drop down arrow and change the setting to Elevate without prompting. (See screenshot below step 8)​
B) Go to step 8.​

6. To Have UAC Prompt Administrators for a Password
NOTE: This will act just like it does in a Standard account by UAC asking you for the administrator's password before continuing.
A) Click on the drop down arrow and change the setting to Prompt for credentials. (See screenshot below step 8)​
B) Go to step 8.​

7. To Have UAC Prompt Administrators for a Continue or Yes
NOTE: This is the default setting for UAC asking the administrator to click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7) to give permission.
A) Click on the drop down arrow and change the setting to Prompt for consent. (See screenshot below step 8)​

8. Click on OK to apply.​
UAC.jpg

9. Close the Local Security Policy window. Your Done.​




OPTION THREE
Manually Using Registry Editor

1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. If prompted by UAC, then click on the Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7).​
4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)​
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
5. In the right pane, right click on ConsentPromptBehaviorAdmin and click on Modify.​
REG.jpg

6. To Elevate Administrators Privilege Level for no Prompting by UAC
NOTE: When you elevate the administrator accounts privilege level, the Security Center in Vista will give you an alert warning notification in the notification area of the taskbar until you undo this. To turn this alert off, see: How to Disable or Enable the Security Center Alert Warning Notification in Vista.
A) Type 0 (Number) and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 8)​
B) Go to step 9.​

7. To Have UAC Prompt Administrators for a Password
NOTE: This will act just like it does in a Standard account by UAC asking you for the administrator's password before continuing.​
A) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 8)​
B) Go to step 9.​

8. To Have UAC Prompt Administrators for a Continue or Yes
NOTE: This is the default setting for UAC asking the administrator to click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7) to give permission.​
A) Type 2 and click on OK.​
Modify.jpg

9. Close regedit.​
10. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.​
That's it,
Shawn


 

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JBooysen

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Hi Shawn
I have turned UAC off alltogether and i do not have to run any software in Administrator Mode.
 

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Brink

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Hi JBooysen, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Thank you. However, UAC is just the security feature that asks the user for permission/confirmation before when an application is requesting to run as administrator. It does not always prevent the need to manually set an application to run as administrator though if it needs to be. :(

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chevell

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Hi pRose DC,

It would be nice to have exceptions for programs in UAC like in a firewall program., but that is not an option in Vista. It's all or none. :(

Sorry,
Shawn

And therein lies the problem with UAC. If they would have just included a check box to turn off UAC for programs you have already approved it might actually be useful. Why they didn't do this is beyond me. Although I'm certain that an update could make it possible.:rolleyes:
 

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chevell

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Hi TrevB,

Welcome to Vista Forums. :party:

I hate to say this, but I would avoid installing any Symantec Norton antivirus program on Vista until they can fix the problem. There has been so many reported problems with Norton and Vista it isn't even funny anymore. I would recommend using something like the free Avast antivirus instead. It may have just saved you a headache later by not installing.

http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html

Shawn

Agreed, those anti virus programs are worse than the viruses they are trying to prevent. Norton dropped the ball years ago when they failed to impliment adware and anti spyware into their anti virus during the XP fiasco days of insecurity. I'll never use Norton or Mcaffe again. :D
 

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jmccaughin

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Thank you Brink for this tip. Very handy. The UAC gets a little tedious
 

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Your welcome Jmccaughin, and welcome to Vista Forums.

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Leviathan408

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Hi all,

I use a program callled Xfire which lets me connect to game servers by selecting a friends name and joining them via Xfire's ability to follow to that server.

Under Vista, I am now confronted with the requirement of the program requiring UAC elevation to perform that task. I used it all the time under XP, but have just purchased a new computer with Vista Home Premium 64bit.

Is there any way I can allow Xfire to have the necessary permissions to perform the tasks it used to do?

Thanks in advance,
Leviathan.
 

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Leviathan408

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Hi Shawn,

Thanks for your reply.

I am have just tried running Xfire in compatability mode. It is still coming up with the same message.



I have turned off the UAC to test the program, and it works fine with the UAC turned off, but I wanted to try to avoid that if I could.

I am also running the main game I play in compatability mode as an administrator, but that also prompts me to allow the program to run every time I start the game.

Is there any other options where the UAC can be forced to allow a program to run or are there other permissions I can try?

Thanks again,
Leviathan.
 

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Leviathan,

You might also try running it in Windows XP (SP2) compatibility mode to see if it runs better in it.
 

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Leviathan408

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Hi Shawn,

Thanks again for your prompt reply.

I had already set both of the programs to run in XP (SP2) mode, as I had thought that might also help. Unfortunately that was also unsuccessful.
 

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smokin thumz

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this is a god send ...................many thanks
 

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Brink

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Your welcome Smokin Thumz, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Shawn
 

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Zidnea

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Hey!
I cant eaven merge the file =(
I get an error message like Windows cant acces this file, maybe you dont got acces :p

Im really bad at computers so would be great if you could help me out here?

Zidnea
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hello Zidnea, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Are you trying to merge the reg file while logged into a administrator account? You will not be able to do this from within a standard account.

Did you get the UAC approval prompts when you tried to merge the reg file?


In addition:
Right click on the .reg file and click on Open With. Select Registry Editor if listed. If it is not there, the browse to C:\Windows\regedit.exe, and select the regedit application file.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/69758-default-programs.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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Zidnea

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i only got 1 account and it sais its administrator. But when i try to open an icon at my deskop, it wont work. I have to right click and choose: Run as admin. So...:S bleh...
 

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    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD

Zidnea

New Member
Its any icon..Have to run every icon as admin. I just bought my pc so its brand new. And i cant change admin or create new users or anything.
:(

And i cant press any icon that have the WindowsShieldIsh sign..if uknow what i mean.
Excuse my english
 
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My Computer

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Zidnea,

Are you logged into an administrator account? You can check to see if your account is one by opening the Control Panel (Classic View) and click on the User Accounts icon. Under your user name will be the type of account it is.

If you are, then it sounds like you will need to do a clean reinstall if Vista.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy Y0F94AV
    CPU
    i7-7500U @ 2.70 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB DDR4-2133
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Conexant ISST Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" UHD IPS touch
    Screen Resolution
    3480 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    512 GB M.2 SSD
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