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Windows 7: Can I get UAC to remember user preferences?

02 Oct 2010   #1
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 
Can I get UAC to remember user preferences?

Hi. Is there any way to stop UAC asking the same question ("do you want this software to make changes to your PC", or whatever the text is) over and over again for programmes I run many times a day. Surely there must be a way to tell UAC that a certain programme is safe and that I don't want to be asked this every time I run it?

Or maybe not?? Tempted just to shut UAC off altogether..

Martin


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02 Oct 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Martin,

You can't add a program to a UAC white list, but you can use the tutorial below to create a elevated shortcut for the program that will not give you a UAC prompt instead as a workaround.

Elevated Program Shortcut without UAC Prompt - Create

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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02 Oct 2010   #3
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Thanks Shawn. Only went over to Win7 from XP this week so although much is familiar, some stuff has me scratching my head: a bit frustrating for someone who feels he got to know XP inside-out! But so far I love Win7 (and this forum - immediately bookmarked), so it'll all be worth the effort (at least, I hope so!).

I have copied the link to my PC and will digest it tomorrow. Thanks again,

Martin
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02 Oct 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome Martin.

Yeah, getting use to UAC coming from XP takes a bit to get use to, but it really is a good last line of defense security measure. If you like you can read more in-depth details about UAC at the links posted in the info box at the top of the tutorial below.

User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings
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02 Oct 2010   #5
marsmimar

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What's the difference between the tutorial Elevated Program Shortcut without UAC Prompt - Create and right clicking the program icon in the start menu > properties > compatibility tab > checking the box to run this program as administrator?
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02 Oct 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Lee,

The tutorial creates a shortcut using Task Scheduler to be able to run the program elevated without getting a UAC prompt, while you will still get a UAC prompt using Compatibility Mode. It's basically a workaround to bypass UAC and still have it run elevated in an administrator account.
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02 Oct 2010   #7
marsmimar

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Lee,

The tutorial creates a shortcut using Task Scheduler to be able to run the program elevated without getting a UAC prompt, while you will still get a UAC prompt using Compatibility Mode. It's basically a workaround to bypass UAC and still have it run elevated in an administrator account.
Ahh... a lightbulb just went on. Thanks, Shawn.
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02 Oct 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You're welcome Lee. Anytime.
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03 Oct 2010   #9
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Just installed a little utility called TweakUAC, which keeps functionality whilst dispensing with the repeated notifications. Seems to be working fine on Windows 7. (it's not quite the same as altering the notifications in UAC itself, despite what the website says).

Disable annoying Vista UAC popups with TweakUAC (FREE)

Martin
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03 Oct 2010   #10
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Martin,

Ah, that would be the same as below. It's actually only elevating the account to have the same privileges as the built-in Administrator account.

User Account Control (UAC) - Elevate Privilege Level - Vista Forums
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