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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ripbox

Nerd
Vista Pro
i just tried to follow this tutorial but when i try to launch secpol.msc i get an error message that says An attempt was made to reference a token that does not exist..... any ideas?
 

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Brink

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Hello Ripbox,

Are you doing this from within an administrator account?

If you are, then from what I have read on this error, it may be caused by a startup program interfering with this from a potential Virus or malware. You might temporarily disable all of your startup programs and restart the computer as a test to see.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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ripbox

Nerd
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up its from an admin account so ill give your start-up idea a whirl:)
 

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beerslayer

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Re: User Account Control - Require Password

What I'd like to know is how to UNDO this particular change. I have Vista Home Premium 32-bit and I used one of those "tweaker" applications to turn on the password when the elevation prompt dialog appears. Now that same tweaker doesn't work to disable the password and return to the simple "click to continue" model.
Never mind that I'm an idiot for using one of those tweakers - the problem is that secpol.msc does not exist on this machine so far as I can tell and I don't know how else to disable the password check. Is there a registry key somewhere that can be edited or some other way to return to the default elevation prompt behavior?
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hello Beerslayer,

You can use one of the OPTIONS to To Have UAC Prompt Administrators for a Continue to return to the default UAC setting.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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seasalt

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I had UAC turned off, but thought I'd give your "elevate privilege level" a try to avoid the " UAC is turned off " notification. Now I have security shields on some icons, and with SpywareBlaster for example, it tells me I do not have the privileges to Immunize, when I update, and if I click OK, it then goes ahead and immunizes anyway. Is that how it should be?

Security centre tells me UAC is turned off too.

Couple of hours later: Just restarted and security icons are now gone. A bit confusing, but I guess a longer trial will make the effect of these changes clearer.
 
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Hello Seasalt, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Yeah, any time you change the UAC permission level you will need to restart the computer afterwards to apply the change as per the second to last step in the tutorial. ;)

Shawn
 

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You're welcome Shawn, glad I can help out.
 

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PimpleMaze

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Vista Home Premium -- tried both ways, turns of UAC quite nicely, but i keep getting alerts from windows security center: "user account control is turned off". i don't see turning off alerts as an option, because i like the way security center alerts me when my antivirus or firewall is down. you don't have a way to disable UAC for admin. without getting this alert from windows security center??
 

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Brink

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mvp
Hello PimpleMaze, and welcome to Vista Forums.

In METHOD TWO, did you use either step 1 in downloads or step 6 in the manual way?

Shawn
 

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    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)
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    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
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    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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