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Help with getting less UAC like restrictions from Win8.1


mascotzel

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#1
Hello!
I am new to this SO.
And I have noticed some things about it's usability that are bothering me, compared with previous SO's.
I was not successful finding the information I need.
Here they are :
[1] Setting UAC to the lowest level does not seem to completely turn it off ( it still asks me permissions on renaming files, for example)
[2] Programs are not allowed to delete or create files through their automatic actions ( software no.1 extract data from media files and saves it on it's on, now it does not do that anymore, software no.2 does not delete it's project files anymore)

What should I do?
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit

genet

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#2
Network Security: Preventing Disaster with User Account Control

Why You Should Never Turn Off UAC

If you want to keep the security of your system at decent levels, you should never turn off UAC. When you disable it, everything and everyone can make system changes without your consent. This makes it easier for all kinds of malware to infect and take control of your system. It doesn’t matter whether you have a security suite or antivirus installed or third-party antivirus, basic common-sense measures like having UAC turned on make a big difference in keeping your devices safe from harm.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G580
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3230M
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, standard user account
    Other Info
    UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key.

md2lgyk

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Good information, genet, but has nothing to do with the OP's question. Not saying everybody should turn it off, but I for one find UAC to be the most annoying piece of nagware ever. Literally the first thing I did to my new laptop was set it to Never Notify.

To the OP: I'm not sure there's an easy way (or any at all) to completely and totally disable or remove UAC. If there is, I'd sure like to know as well.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Win 8
    Computer type
    Laptop

theveterans

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#4

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center
    Computer type
    Tablet
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Surface Pro 3
    CPU
    Core i5 4300U @ 1.9 GHz
    Motherboard
    Surface Pro 3
    Memory
    8092 MB DDR3-L 1.35 V SDRAM @ 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4400 @ 200 MHz
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    Realtek HD Audio
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    Built-in 3:2 display
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    2160 x 1440
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    256 GB SSD + 128 GB micro SD
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    Active
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    IE 11 Metro, IE 11 Desktop
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    Windows Defender

Mark Phelps

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I would strongly advise against using the built-in Admin account -- as when you do that, everything will be executing in priviledged mode -- including any malware and/or viruses that you contract.

There's a good reason MS decided to make changes with recent Windows versions so that you do not, by default, login as the built-in Admin anymore -- to prevent malare and viruses from destroying your system!
 

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stringjunky

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If one uses the Admin account as a normal account you've lost a 'back door' to your computer in the event of something going wrong because you are already using it and any damage will happen there. I have mine showing but only use it if there is a problem with my normal account or I need that level of privelege.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire ES1-512-CSYW
    CPU
    Intel Celeron N2840 @ 2.16GHz
    Motherboard
    Acer Aspire ES1-512 BIOS: Insyde Corps V1.07
    Memory
    4GB DDR3L SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD
    Internet Speed
    10Mb/s 3 Network HSPA+
    Browser
    IE11 and Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

mascotzel

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#7
Well, I agree for it's protection against unwanted intrusions and malware.
But I can not like the fact that it restricts me in my actions and it messes the way some of the non-malware software I use works ( it seems to be about the access permissions to files and folders).

A restart seemed to solved to problem for while (software worked fine), but then it reversed to the described restrictions all of the sudden.Another restart didn't fix the problem, my (specific) software still does not work properly.

The renaming restriction seems to be random, it does not ask for permission for every file I try to rename, just for some, and none of the are system files or executables ( media or text files)
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit

mascotzel

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Another problem that I noticed now is that it does not randomly allow me to extract archive contents on some of the drives.
This seems to be related to 7zip software that I use, but it only appears in some of the folders.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit

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