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    UAC - Change Prompt Behavior for Administrators in Windows

    UAC - Change Prompt Behavior for Administrators in Windows
    How to Change Behavior of User Account Control (UAC) Prompt for Administrators in Windows
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    How to Change Behavior of User Account Control (UAC) Prompt for Administrators in Windows


    information   Information
    User Account Control (UAC) helps prevent potentially harmful programs from making changes to your computer by notifying you before changes are made to your PC that require administrator-level (elevated) permission.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the behavior of the User Account Control (UAC) elevation prompt (admin approval mode) for administrators in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

    This does not apply to the built-in elevated Administrator account.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the options in this tutorial.

    Note   Note
    Description of UAC Prompt Behavior Options for Administrators:

    • Elevate without prompting: Allows privileged accounts to perform an operation that requires elevation without requiring consent or credentials. This will make all administrators to have the same rights as the built-in elevated Administrator account. Note: Use this option only in the most constrained environments.


    • Prompt for credentials on the secure desktop: When an operation requires elevation of privilege, the user is prompted on the secure desktop to enter a privileged (administrator) user name and password. If the user enters valid credentials, the operation continues with the user's highest available privilege.


    • Prompt for consent on the secure desktop: When an operation requires elevation of privilege, the user is prompted on the secure desktop to select either Permit or Deny. If the user selects Permit, the operation continues with the user's highest available privilege.


    • Prompt for credentials: When an operation requires elevation of privilege, the user is prompted to enter an administrative user name and password. If the user enters valid credentials, the operation continues with the applicable privilege.


    • Prompt for consent: When an operation requires elevation of privilege, the user is prompted to select either Permit or Deny. If the user selects Permit, the operation continues with the user's highest available privilege.


    • Prompt for consent for non-Windows binaries: (Default) When an operation for a non-Microsoft application requires elevation of privilege, the user is prompted on the secure desktop to select either Permit or Deny. If the user selects Permit, the operation continues with the user's highest available privilege.


    EXAMPLE: User Account Control (UAC) Prompt

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    UAC - Change Prompt Behavior for Administrators in Windows OPTION ONE UAC - Change Prompt Behavior for Administrators in Windows
    Change Behavior of UAC Prompt for Administrators using a .reg File

    1. Do step 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 below for what you would like the behavior of the UAC elevation prompt for administrators to be.


    2. To Elevate without Prompting

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 8 below.

    Admin_UAC_Elevate_without_prompting.reg

    download

    3. To Prompt for Credentials on the Secure Desktop

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 8 below.

    Admin_UAC_Prompt_for_credentials_on_secure_desktop.reg

    download

    4. To Prompt for Consent on the Secure Desktop

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 8 below.

    Admin_UAC_Prompt_for_consent_on_secure_desktop.reg

    download

    5. To Prompt for Credentials

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 8 below.

    Admin_UAC_Prompt_for_credentials.reg

    download

    6. To Prompt for Consent

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 8 below.

    Admin_UAC_Prompt_for_consent.reg

    download

    7. To Prompt for Consent for non-Windows Binaries
    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and go to step 8 below.

    Admin_UAC_Prompt_for_consent_for_non-Windows_binaries.reg

    download

    8. Save the .reg file to your Desktop.

    9. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    10. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    11. Sign out and in, or restart the computer to apply the changes.

    12. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






    UAC - Change Prompt Behavior for Administrators in Windows OPTION TWO UAC - Change Prompt Behavior for Administrators in Windows
    Change Behavior of UAC Prompt for Administrators in Security Policy

    1. Open the Local Security Policy editor.

    2. In the left pane, expand Local Policies, click/tap on Security Options, and double click/tap on User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode in the right pane. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version

    3. Select the behavior you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: The default setting is Prompt for consent for non-Windows binaries. See the blue note box at the top of the tutorial for a description of each setting.

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    4. When finished, close the Local Security Policy editor.




    That's it,
    Shawn


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    I have Windows 8.1 Update Enterprise 64 bit.

    I would like that, when the UAC feature will be activated, on any account type, the UAC window will be displayed requesting the insertion of the User name and Password.

    How do I do this?

    Thanks

    Bye

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    I posted how in your other post for this below.

    Sign in with User Name and Password in Windows 8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    I posted how in your other post for this below.

    Sign in with User Name and Password in Windows 8
    The problem is that I tried to do each change recommended by your two methods, but when the UAC window is displayed, the Username field it is not empty and it is not editable. How come?

    Thanks

    Bye
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    Were you able to try both options to set UAC to "prompt for credentials"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Were you able to try both options to set UAC to "prompt for credentials"?
    Yes but it does not work.

    Thanks

    Bye
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    Well, so much for it doing what it says it's suppose to do. It appears that there doesn't seem to be a way to have UAC ask to enter both a username and password of an administrator instead of just to select one and enter password.
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    In other words, I would need that, in the Username field, no user name is automatically displayed in the UAC window for security reasons.

    Thanks

    Bye
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    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10


    By default, administrators will be listed in the UAC prompt to select from to enter it's password.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    By default, administrators will be listed in the UAC prompt to select from to enter it's password.
    It is possible to change this default setting so that the list of local administrators no longer be displayed?

    Thanks

    Bye
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