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

  1. #10


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Scran. Glad to hear that you got it all. I'm not sure what happened on your end, but normally the Windows.old folder can be deleted through Disk Cleanup.

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  2. #11


    Tampa, FL
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Quick question... I am getting an interestingly frustrating message from Kaspersky Internet Security when I manually make a decision (I do not allow it to make any decisions on its own... its better that way). It looks pretty much like this:
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    I have UAC set to 'Never Notify' yet this still keeps appearing. Any way to make it just go away forever? Thanks
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  3. #12


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello addchild, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    That's not from UAC.

    Instead that appears to be an alert message from Kaspersky verifying if you wanted to apply the changes to the settings you made.
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  4. #13


    Tampa, FL
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Thank you, that is what I suspected, Kaspersky is trying to tell me otherwise. I appreciate confirmation from an MVP that they are, in fact, full of it.
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  5. #14


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome.

    Do note, that when UAC is set to "Never Notify", it only means that you will not get an UAC prompt from "apps try to install software or make changes to my computer" and "I make changes to Windows settings".

    "Never Notify" does not disabled UAC like it did in Vista and Windows 7, and you may still get an UAC prompt for some actions. If UAC was to be completely disabled in Windows 8, it would prevent Store apps from being able to run until UAC was enabled again.
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  6. #15


    Tampa, FL
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Oh, yes, I understand that. I actually prefer the current behavior - it still runs, but it doesn't annoy me as much. I also tweaked the local security policy to run in Admin Approval mode. I just couldn't get rid of this message, despite anything I tried. Even disabled SmartScreen to see if it made a difference - of course it didn't.
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  7. #16


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Hi there,

    Is it possible to disable UAC in a standard user account? I can only use the slider in User Accounts if I'm operating in an administrator account. Otherwise this notification will show up:

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    I have moved the slider using an administrator account, but this won't disable UAC for standard user accounts.

    What I wish to accomplish, is to be able to run some applications with administrator rights in a standard account, without prompting for the administrator password. To do this I intended to disable UAC and enable the Run as Administrator check-box in the compatibility tab of the given application. I am not sure this will work though.

    Thank you.
    Carlos
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  8. #17


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Carlos,

    Disabling UAC would essentially break the Modern UI (Metro) screens and apps to where they will not open until UAC was enabled again.

    For what you want, you might see if using the tutorial below to create an elevated shortcut that a standard user can run without getting a UAC prompt may work for you.

    Elevated Program Shortcut - Create for Standard User - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  9. #18


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Thank you so much Shawn, it did work . After searching a solution for days, I was beginning to think that it was not feasible to run an application as administrator in a user account without the need for a password.

    Just one more question. I have a local administrator account and a standard user account that I use for everyday purposes. Now that I have the built-in administrator account enabled, is it safe to delete the other administrator account? Or do you think I should keep both?

    Thank you.
    Carlos
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  10. #19


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Carlos.

    I would recommend to keep both. That way if something should happen to one, you would have the other to be able to fix anything with.
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