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

  1. #20


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    Windows 8


    Thank you Shawn. You're a very quick replier .

    I would just like to point out that I think I may have found a security flaw in the Elevated Program Shortcut method though.
    I don't know if it's a Windows 8 thing, but this method allows you to run any given application as an administrator. All you have to do is to copy the elevated shortcut path, create a new shortcut, and paste and edit the path to the application you wish to run . Even if you can't edit the elevated path, you can always copy it and use it.

    Oh well...this should be possible to do through Windows user accounts configuration.

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  2. #21


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yeah, the standard user being able to abuse/modify the shortcut's target to run what they want is the only downside to this. I would only recommend doing it for someone you trust.
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  3. #22


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Yeah, it kinda sucks. Well, thanks again Shawn .

    Take care.
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  4. #23


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Anytime mate. I hope it'll work for you.
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  5. #24


    Chennai
    Posts : 26
    Windows 8.1 Pro N 32 Bit OS


    this a good post......but i have problem.......need to fix it............
    Click image for larger version

    in the above image,yes option has been disabled....need help to fix it
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  6. #25


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Harish, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    While signed in to an administrator account, double check to see what you have UAC set to. UAC needs to be set to at least the default level (2nd from top) or above (top) for standard users to be able to enter an administrator's password.

    Did you do anything to change to always show all users on the sign in screen like below?

    Sign in - Show All Users or Last User in Windows 8

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  7. #26


    Canada
    Posts : 37
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I know this is a bit of an old thread, but I was just curious for those that are administrators and are the only ones using their computer, what level of UAC do you use? What did you use Shawn when you were using Windows 8.1? I have always had my set for the one up from the bottom. I still find it annoying at times, but I also don't want to open my computer up for any vulnerabilities.

    I wish there was an exception list for UAC, where you could add programs, etc. that you use frequently and don't want to be bothered by the notification, yet maintaining the level of security for all other areas. Is that a silly thing to look for in this tool? Or is there something else out there that does something like this?

    EDIT: I now see an older article from you Shawn, regarding this:

    UAC Control for known good programs?

    Thanks for any help and advice!
    Last edited by menace97; 08 Mar 2016 at 06:12. Reason: added exception list idea
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  8. #27


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    64-bit Windows 10


    I'm glad it could help menace97.
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