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Windows 7: Not accessible through a standard user account?


11 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Not accessible through a standard user account?

I occasionally come across some functions that I can't access through my standard user account. The latest one is Start/Default Programs/Set program access and computer defaults. It tells me I do not have permission, no opportunity to elevate rights, so I had to log into the admin account.

I tried starting Control Panel using Run as administrator and going in through there, did the same thing.

Any ideas how to gain access in way that allows the UAC elevation?

Thanks

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11 Feb 2011   #2

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1 OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7
 
 

User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings

Standard Account:
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A standard user account lets a person use most of the capabilities of the computer, but permission from an administrator is required if you want to make changes that affect other users or the security of the computer.
When you use a standard account, you can use most programs that are installed on the computer, but you can't install or uninstall software and hardware, delete files that are required for the computer to work, or change settings on the computer that affect other users. If you're using a standard account, some programs might require you to provide an administrator password before you can perform certain tasks.
Administrator Account:
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An administrator account is a user account that lets you make changes that will affect other users. Administrators can change security settings, install software and hardware, and access all files on the computer. Administrators can also make changes to other user accounts.
When you set up Windows, you'll be required to create a user account. This account is an administrator account that allows you to set up your computer and install any programs that you would like to use. Once you have finished setting up your computer, we recommend that you use a standard user account for your day-to-day computing. It's more secure to use a standard user account instead of an administrator account.
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12 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for the reply, but I guess I wasn't clear enough in my post.

I do not want to change the level of UAC notifications. I want the protections that are afforded by UAC. The problem is that I never get the UAC elevation prompt on a few functions, so I am unable to access the settings I need. I have to use Fast User Switching and login in the admin account to do what I need to do.

In other situations where this has happened, (like disk management) I have found an alternative way to get in, where the UAC prompt is presented and I can have access. That's what I am asking about here.
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12 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

I'm not sure why that would be the case (no UAC prompt), but you can always right click an item and then choose 'run as Administrator'.

Or does it not come up then either? Perhaps a file check is in order?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vincenzo View Post
Thanks for the reply, but I guess I wasn't clear enough in my post.

I do not want to change the level of UAC notifications. I want the protections that are afforded by UAC. The problem is that I never get the UAC elevation prompt, so I am unable to access the settings I need. I have to use Fast User Switching and login in the admin account to do what I need to do.

In other situations where this has happened, (like disk management) I have found an alternative way to get in, where the UAC prompt is presented and I can have access. That's what I am asking about here.
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12 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Are you saying that if you right click on Start/Default Programs you get the option to Run As Administrator? Does not offer that option on my computer.
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12 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

I deleted that shortcut awhile back so I couldn't test it out myself, BUT I did some command line / shortcut testing on your behalf.

Go to the start menu, in the search box type computerdefaults.exe, right click > run as administrator. That will give you admin access from your standard user to the 'Set Program Access and Computer Defaults'.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vincenzo View Post
Are you saying that if you right click on Start/Default Programs you get the option to Run As Administrator? Does not offer that option on my computer.
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13 Feb 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

OK that did, thanks. Rep added. Is there I way to determine the associated executable like that so when I encounter this again I can deal with it?

Thanks
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13 Feb 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

Yes there is. Log into your admin account and then bring up the task manager. Find the control panel item you want to run, click to start it, after UAC prompts you and you click yes, switch back to the task manager. You will see the .EXE name for the control panel listed amongst the processes.

Not all control panel items use the .EXE extension though. The other used extension is .CPL. A quick Google brought up a list of the Window's 7 .CPL files (All of which you can right click > Run as Administrator):

Action Center is wscui.cpl
Date and Time is timedate.cpl
Personalization is desk.cpl
Ease of Use Center is access.cpl
Game Controllers is joy.cpl
Internet Options is inetcpl.cpl
Network Connections is ncpa.cpl
People Near Me is collab.cpl
Pen and Touch is tabletpc.cpl
Phone and Modem is telephon.cpl
Power Options is powercfg.cpl
Programs and Features is appwiz.cpl
Regional and Language is intl.cpl
Sound is mmsys.cpl
System is sysdm.cpl
Tablet PC Settings is tabletpc.cpl
User Accounts is infocardcpl.cpl
Windows Firewall is firewall.cpl

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vincenzo View Post
OK that did, thanks. Rep added. Is there I way to determine the associated executable like that so when I encounter this again I can deal with it?

Thanks
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15 Feb 2011   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

OK thanks
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