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Windows 7: allowing UAC for specific programs

28 Mar 2013   #11

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

there is a nice little software that lets you use elevated shortcuts for certain programs. if its something you want to run at start up then the shortcut can be placed in the startup folder.
anyhow here it is here...

WinAero: ElevatedShortcut for Windows 7 and Windows 8

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28 Mar 2013   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

I've been using UAC since Vista, and all through from the Previews of windows 7 back in 2008, I still have it switched on at the second from top level. I rarely see a prompt in normal use, I see it as a good reminder, to think about what I'm doing, when it activates on more mission critical activities. All in all I think it useful, so keep it on.

I would not class myself as a beginner , and find it an elegant way of operating, merely automating the way I always used to work in a secure environment, (multiple users with different access levels which I would log into as required)
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28 Mar 2013   #13

 

Yeah, well UAC is perhaps the most irritating when setting up a new installation of Windows. It's like, "Leave me alone. I know what I'm doing".
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28 Mar 2013   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

At least we're on Windows and have a choice , We could be on a Mac
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28 Mar 2013   #15

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
I've been using UAC since Vista, and all through from the Previews of windows 7 back in 2008, I still have it switched on at the second from top level. I rarely see a prompt in normal use, I see it as a good reminder, to think about what I'm doing, when it activates on more mission critical activities. All in all I think it useful, so keep it on.

I would not class myself as a beginner , and find it an elegant way of operating, merely automating the way I always used to work in a secure environment, (multiple users with different access levels which I would log into as required)
hear hear!
i have mine set the same as nigel.
its good to think that there is a safety net. i dont think im the most knowledgeable so i like the reminder occasionally
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28 Mar 2013   #16

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I agree with Bongo post #6 and 9.
We do not know the the desires, needs, and ability of all the people who read our threads. At the present time we have 243 active members and 14296 guest reading our post.
UAC is a little added security to a degree. That is a good thing.
I would not want anybody to believe that because they use UAC they don't need the other security programs.
Using UAC is in addition to those programs not a replacement to any other security program.
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28 Mar 2013   #17

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
I've been using UAC since Vista, and all through from the Previews of windows 7 back in 2008, I still have it switched on at the second from top level. I rarely see a prompt in normal use, I see it as a good reminder, to think about what I'm doing, when it activates on more mission critical activities. All in all I think it useful, so keep it on.

I would not class myself as a beginner , and find it an elegant way of operating, merely automating the way I always used to work in a secure environment, (multiple users with different access levels which I would log into as required)
hear hear!
i have mine set the same as nigel.
its good to think that there is a safety net. i dont think im the most knowledgeable so i like the reminder occasionally
My point exactly. I know that my installation of Windows does not need to be protected from me, so I have UAC disabled. However, if I were like you and not as confident as that, then I would leave it enabled.

I honestly feel that anyone can make this decision just as you and I did.
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28 Mar 2013   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

No system is immune from it's user, My first major incident that proved this to me was back in the days of DOS.

At the time in order to format a floppy you would enter the command "Format A:" at the prompt and confirm. If you needed to format a hard drive you would need to enter "Format C:" or other drive ID and confirm twice for security.

Now in this early DOS the default drive for a format command was the drive that you were on at the time.

On this occasion a twenty year veteran system engineer was formatting floppies for storage, he entered "format" but no qualifying "A:", just as the phone rang, he picked up the phone and continued with the format option whilst distracted - he went through the several prompts and formatted the complete hard drive, as this was the drive the command was run from.

Now a UAC prompt may not prevent this but the fact that it's there may do, so it's also important to actually read what's on the screen, if you retain UAC, and not just do as I see many people do and click blindly
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28 Mar 2013   #19

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
I've been using UAC since Vista, and all through from the Previews of windows 7 back in 2008, I still have it switched on at the second from top level. I rarely see a prompt in normal use, I see it as a good reminder, to think about what I'm doing, when it activates on more mission critical activities. All in all I think it useful, so keep it on.

I would not class myself as a beginner , and find it an elegant way of operating, merely automating the way I always used to work in a secure environment, (multiple users with different access levels which I would log into as required)
hear hear!
i have mine set the same as nigel.
its good to think that there is a safety net. i dont think im the most knowledgeable so i like the reminder occasionally
My point exactly. I know that my installation of Windows does not need to be protected from me, so I have UAC disabled. However, if I were like you and not as confident as that, then I would leave it enabled.

I honestly feel that anyone can make this decision just as you and I did.
want really saying i wasn't confident however i think it is a good safeguard for overconfidence and in special cases, arrogance
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28 Mar 2013   #20

 

No offense, but IMO, UAC is meant for those who use their machines unconsciously.
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