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Disable UAC But Still Use Windows Apps?

  1. #1


    Posts : 108
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit

    Disable UAC But Still Use Windows Apps?


    Hi Guys,

    I have been using Windows 8 Pro 64bit version for a few months now and after a few teething problems I love it. I have disabled the UAC via the control panel, registry and the Local Security Policy editor etc... so now I don't get any popups at all. It's come to a point though where I now want to try out some of the apps but can't because without the UAC turned on I can't run any of them.

    My question is is it possible to keep UAC turned off but still be able to run these apps?, I would love to know any tweak I can use to enable this but I won't compromise system stability for it.

    If anybody could help me I would appreciate it!!

    -cheers

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  2. #2


    Good question! I bet Brink knows how to do this!
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  3. #3


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Sorry, but it can't be done.

    Store apps just will not work if UAC has been completely disabled, or you are signed in to an "elevated" account (ex: built-in Administrator).

    About all you can do is set UAC to "Never Notify" to minimize the amount of prompts.

    User Account Control (UAC) - Change Settings in Windows 8


    Personally, I think a second to click on "Yes" to approve before letting something run elevated is a small price to pay for the added security it gives you. If UAC was disabled, then anything (ex: malware) could run elevated in the background with full access to the computer without you ever knowing about it. At least UAC gives you a fighting chance.
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  4. #4


    Brink, Thanks for checking on this. I figured that if anyone could do it, it would be you...
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  5. #5


    Posts : 108
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Sorry, but it can't be done.

    Store apps just will not work if UAC has been completely disabled, or you are signed in to an "elevated" account (ex: built-in Administrator).

    About all you can do is set UAC to "Never Notify" to minimize the amount of prompts.

    User Account Control (UAC) - Change Settings in Windows 8


    Personally, I think a second to click on "Yes" to approve before letting something run elevated is a small price to pay for the added security it gives you. If UAC was disabled, then anything (ex: malware) could run elevated in the background with full access to the computer without you ever knowing about it. At least UAC gives you a fighting chance.
    Thanks for the information. While I agree with some of your points I'd still like the option to do so. I've never relied on UAC for malware detection, I use an anti-virus program for that.
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    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    I agree. UAC is just a checkpoint Charlie for you to allow or deny programs to run elevated. It's not an AV or anti-malware program at all.
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  7. #7


    Yes, UAC on it's own will not prevent anything bad from happening to your machine. But when you are sitting there working within an app and something happens and it says "Hey, I need to become Admin for a second"...you hopefully think "huh, wonder why this is happening".

    I had a drive by download attempt to install a toolbar in my browser a couple of weeks ago. All of a sudden, while in my browser, UAC popped up. I was like, "WTF, I didn't launch anything am not running anything which should need to elevate", and I denied it. It kept me from getting something installed that I didn't want.
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    So far, UAC has not stopped any "bad stuff" from getting on my test pc. No notifications were provided by it that I ever saw...
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    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by azasadny View Post
    So far, UAC has not stopped any "bad stuff" from getting on my test pc. No notifications were provided by it that I ever saw...
    Did you have UAC set to "Always Notify"?

    Unfortunately, when it comes to malware and viruses, nothing is bullet proof. UAC is just another tool to help.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 108
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    I didn't really want this thread to become a discussion on how effective UAC is or not when it comes to security. I just don't like a "choice" being taken away from me or forced into doing something. Microsoft can't or shouldn't assume all users need protecting from themselves, I can see the benefits for new users but for seasoned veterans who are more than a little tech savvy UAC becomes a little more redundant. I now have to miss out on a key feature of Windows 8 because I made the choice not to use UAC, since I paid for the OS surely I should be the one telling it what to do and not the other way around?

    On another note when I did enable UAC on it's most lowest settings I didn't get many prompts, I don't mind them so much it's the permissions issue I find very annoying. I was having problems just copying some files to another location on my hard-drive, I kept getting the "access denied" message. Is there any way around this?, then I may consider enabling UAC again.

    -cheers
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