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Eliminate overbearing administrator permission requests?

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    Windows 8 x64

    Eliminate overbearing administrator permission requests?


    In just two days of use, Windows 8 has certainly set a new record for pestering me about administrator permission. I turned UAC all the way down, but can't think of anything else.

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    Is there anything that basically puts a stop to this? It's like high-fiving oneself over and over with nobody else in the room. Or giving yourself the key to your own city.

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    In My PC
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    Win7 Pro (SP1 x64) & Win8 Pro (RTM x64)


    i tried disabling UAC in windows 8 cp and that fixes it, BUT we cannot run metro apps when u turn-off UAC in windows 8 cp.

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    No real problem. It was irritating. But in the end I reverted to the old Global Administrator" as my only user. Made Things simpler for navigating around!
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    Posts : 51
    Windows 8 x64


    Well I'm not sure what's going on precisely. It seems like any old folders I brought over, created by my old user account are requiring my own damn permission to copy individual files over, delete them, and so forth. What's the trick to enabling global administrator? Also I just dragged the UAC bar down to the bottom. Is there a way to completely disable it, and I wonder if with Metro issues will it be worth it? Really I need it to quit asking permission at any cost.
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    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    Quote Originally Posted by Pixel Eater View Post
    Well I'm not sure what's going on precisely. It seems like any old folders I brought over, created by my old user account are requiring my own damn permission to copy individual files over, delete them, and so forth. What's the trick to enabling global administrator? Also I just dragged the UAC bar down to the bottom. Is there a way to completely disable it, and I wonder if with Metro issues will it be worth it? Really I need it to quit asking permission at any cost.
    You can disable it completely by making the following change:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

    Change the value for EnableLUA

    UAC Enabled = 1
    UAC Disabled =0

    warning   Warning
    Disabling UAC using this method will break all Metro Store apps until enabled again, and the computer restarted.

    For the proper method for Windows 8 now, see: User Account Control (UAC) - Change Settings in Windows 8


    With regard to the Administrator account, I believe the reference is to enabling the hidden Administrator account. If so, this can be done from a command prompt using the following:

    net user administrator /active:yes

    and to disable

    net user administrator /active:no

    Logoff and on again and you should see an option for the Administrator account. Probably wise to enable a password
    Last edited by Brink; 27 Nov 2012 at 15:43. Reason: added warning
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there

    remember this is the CONSUMER preview -- "Bog standard" users shouldn't be installing that much stuff to a system anyway.

    If you want to "Tinker" then you should really login with a separate Administrator account like linux users do with ROOT.

    I've installed a few apps (as a User) and haven't really been bothered with the UAC. It pops up but I'm not that bothered -- seems to popup about the same as W7.

    Here's a basic list of what I've installed -- may have missed a couple

    Office 2010 x-64 professional (complete) inc Outlook 2010 x-64
    project 2010 x-64
    Visio 2010 x-64
    VLC media player
    Metastock 11.0 (Stock tech analysis program)
    AnyDVD
    Acronis Home 2011
    Adobe CS 5.5 suite inc Photoshop, Acrobat etc etc.
    Treesize (nice disk usage display by file size as a Tree)
    Winamp
    Avs video converter
    Tmp Genie DVD authoring
    Nero 9.0
    Mp3tag
    Utorrent
    HTC Sync (sync with android HTC phone).


    Might be something I've missed but I didn't seem to have an overbearing problem with UAC.
    It popped up but wasn't an issue.


    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    It's not so much installing applications, I haven't actually installed anything, there again I use mostly non-installer applications, it's more a question of not being able to to basic things, like copy files to ones home folder, without being prompted for administrative privileges, not something I've ever seen in Windows 7.

    Anyway, I've disable UAC, something I did way back in Windows 7 beta. There's nothing in Metro I want, and I have no use for IE. If there's anything 'ugly' that arises out of that decision, I'll reassess based on the fallout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there

    remember this is the CONSUMER preview -- "Bog standard" users shouldn't be installing that much stuff to a system anyway.
    Perhaps I am wrong, but I think the purpose of a beta is the opposite -- we, the beta testers, are supposed to do whatever we feel like doing, from the stupid to the sublime, in order to emulate the behavior of the mass market. If all we do is modify our behavior to match what the beta can do, then we are being trained... and not doing testing.

    Back when 7 was new, I routinely tried pretty much anything that popped into my rather odd, misshaped brain (and consequently got really good at reinstalling... heh) until I broke it. That's what I am gonna do to 8 as well. After all, isn't that the point of the whole beta thing?
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    If all we do is modify our behavior to match what the beta can do, then we are being trained... and not doing testing.
    Absolutley.

    I already see people giving in to the idea that they must love it - if not , they will be out of step.

    Hilarious, but also sad.
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    Scotland
    Posts : 192
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    If all we do is modify our behavior to match what the beta can do, then we are being trained... and not doing testing.
    Absolutley.

    I already see people giving in to the idea that they must love it - if not , they will be out of step.

    Hilarious, but also sad.
    Just because you might not like it does not mean some of us cannot love it!
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