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Bypassing User Account Control entirely

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    Bypassing User Account Control entirely


    In my Win 8.1 system, I disabled UAC and I'm an Admin. Still, I'm prompted to confirm certain actions, such as writes to Program File (x86). Sometimes, it seems that the prompt appears when I want to copy a file from a network share to a protected location. Is there a way to prevent this? How about a way to permanently elevate my account to System? Thanks.

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    Using the msconfig / Tools method to Disable UAC apparently does not completely disable UAC. You need to change the registry to do this. See here: Disabling User Account Control in Windows 8

    Also here: [Solved] Can't drag files from Explorer into 64-bit programs

    Change the following registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

    Key: EnableLUA

    Value data: 0

    Note: This prevents Metro/Modern apps from working.

    Also here: Disable UAC Completely - sevenforums.com

    You can also do this using Local Security Policy: https://www.eightforums.com/general-s...tml#post329661

    1. Run secpol.msc from a Run box.
    2. Navigate to Change Local Policies, Security Options.
    3. Change User Account Control: Run all administrators in Admin Approval Mode to Disable.
    4. Restart
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    Note: This prevents Metro/Modern apps from working.
    There's a bonus.
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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Change the following registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

    Key: EnableLUA

    Value data: 0
    Yea, this is the route I took... I'm happy with it.
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    Thanks very much. If I may ask two related questions in this thread:

    1. I tried to disable the low disk space message by editing HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\NoLowDiskSpaceChecks so that the dword=0x01. It didn't work, so is there another method?

    2. Is there a way to make every application run in admin mode, instead of having to do it explicitly, i.e., "run as admin"?
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    for 2nd question this should work if you replace the shortcuts with ones defined like this Elevated Program Shortcut - Create for Standard User - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    Thanks, I've done that already with my Desktop shortcuts, but wanted to avoid going through the process with all the apps on my start menu or stuff that I run from Explorer.
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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    I don't know another way. I've being trying to do a similar thing but only for certain programs.

    What about signing on as Administrator (you can always rename it)? That would work if you don't want to use the metro apps.
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    Thanks, again. I've already killed the Metro Apps with the UAC registry edit. I installed Classic Shell, too, so I can avoid much of the new interface. I should've stuck with Win 7.
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    Once UAC if completely disabled (via registry) that should automatically run everything as Administrator as far as I know.
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