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Why does UAC have to be enabled to use any Modern Apps

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    Why does UAC have to be enabled to use any Modern Apps


    I don't understand why Microsoft requires UAC to be enabled for me to use any Modern Apps or the App Store. I always turn off UAC and one of the programs I use, Object Rexx from IBM does not run correctly with UAC enabled. I find the UAC prompts intrusive and extremely annoying and as far as I'm concerned UAC is a total waste as after a very short period of time it becomes automatic to click OK without even reading the UAC notice.

    Anyone know what the rational for this is? Is there a workaround for it? I'd like to play with some of the Apps but I'm not going to enable UAC to do it.

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    Hey Rich,

    When UAC is disabled, the account basically runs elevated. Modern apps will not run in an elevated account by design for security purposes.

    About all you can do is set your UAC settings to the bottom level.

    User Account Control (UAC) - Change Settings in Windows 8
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    I just find that I don't see UAC prompts all that often at all. I often wonder what people are running and what they are doing to get so annoyed with UAC pop ups.
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    I am constantly installing and uninstalling programs or running stuff that requires Admin access. All of them pop up a UAC window.

    I'm going to try what Shawn mentioned and set it all the way to the bottom rather than completely disabling via a registry hack and see what happens.

    Thanks for the suggestion Shawn.
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    You're most welcome Rich. It'll at least help reduce how may UAC prompts you'll get.
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    Seems to be working so far. I can now use Modern Apps and access the store from both my local and MS account.

    Will wait to see how UAC behaves and what it does to me.
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Why does UAC have to be enabled to use any Modern Apps
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