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Windows 7: UAC shortcut to run as NON-administrator?


14 Jul 2014   #1

7 Pro 64
 
 
UAC shortcut to run as NON-administrator?

Every time I open certain programs, User Account Control gives me a pop-up window asking "Do you want to allow this program to make changes to your computer?".

Is there a way to stop this for one particular program so the answer is always "no"?

Please note - there already are instructions on this site for when you want the answer to be "yes" - that is, when you want the program to always have elevated, Run As Administrator access.

That is *not* what I want! I want non-elevated, non-Administrator access for the one particular program. (I don't know what the word is for the opposite of 'elevated'!)

The 'elevated program shortcut' instructions are here: Elevated Program Shortcut without UAC Prompt - Create

Win 7 Pro 64 Bit


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14 Jul 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello catalogue,

If a program requires elevated rights to run properly, then there's no way around that. It will "Run as administrator".

You might see if this may work better for you instead if you are wanting a standard user to be able to run the program.

Elevated Program Shortcut - Create for Standard User
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14 Jul 2014   #3

7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
If a program requires elevated rights to run properly, then there's no way around that.l
The program does not require elevated rights. I click 'no' 100% of the time and it runs perfectly 100% of the time. The computer has only one user and one account - me - no one else uses it, it's my own computer, I live alone, there is no network, there are no other accounts.

To clarify:

CURRENT SITUATION: Every time the program starts, the UAC message pops up asking if I want to allow the program to make changes to the computer, then I click "no", then the program runs fine.

WHAT I WANT: Start this one program; don't get any pop-up; have the program always be blocked from "making any changes to the computer".

I figure, since there is way to automate clicking on "yes" (described in my link) there should be a way to automate clicking on "no".

Also I should point out, there are several threads on the site where people asked how to automate clicking on 'yes' (that is, always run a single specific program as administrator) and were told it's not possible, which is wrong. It *is* possible using the procedure in my link. Apparently the procedure is not well known, given how many replies there have been by people who are unaware of it.
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14 Jul 2014   #4

7 Pro 64
 
 
Can I make a non-elevated, non-admin shortcut?

What if I want a shortcut to run *not* as administrator?

What I am trying to do is make it so for one particular program I don't have to click "no" every time it starts and the pop-up asks "Do you want to allow this program to make changes to the computer?"

Maybe under step 4 I could leave the "Run with highest privileges" box unchecked?

The computer has only one account, my own, which is administrator. This is my home computer and no one uses it besides me. I've been told it's absolutely non-negotiably essential to have the UAC level set to "Notify me...", for security reasons. Which is okay, because the "make changes?" pop-up is tolerable (but annoying) for occasional programs, but a massive pain for one or two that I open many times each day.

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
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14 Jul 2014   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

The procedures in both links is basically just a workaround to allow an elevated (run as administrator) program to run elevated without getting the UAC prompt.

It doesn't actually automatically click on Yes or No in the UAC prompt though.

The two links above are the only way that I know of to get close to what you want, but the program will run elevated.

You might also check to see if the program may be using compatibility mode where you can uncheck the "Run as administrator" option.

Run as Administrator
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14 Jul 2014   #6

7 Pro 64
 
 

Thanks. I guess I don't know the difference between running a program as administrator, and elevated, and "allowing program to make changes to the computer". (Are any of those synonymous? I'm confused.) What I am trying to do is block one particular program from making any changes. I don't know if that has any connection to running it as admin and I have no need to get involved with running as admin unless they are connected.

I've never dealt with any of this because this is my home computer with only one account (which must be admin, right?) and no one else besides me ever uses it. So I have never had any other accounts or any involvement with administrator rights vs non-adminstrator rights and so forth.
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14 Jul 2014   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yep, "Run as administrator" and "Elevated" is the same.

As far as allowing the program to make changes to the computer, the only way is to not allow the program to run.

Some programs require to "Run as administrator". If you haven't already, check using the tutorial below to see if the program may be using compatibility mode where you can uncheck the "Run as administrator" option to not have the program run elevated anymore.

Run as Administrator
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21 Jul 2014   #8

7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
As far as allowing the program to make changes to the computer, the only way is to not allow the program to run.
I know what you're saying, but according to Windows jargon you are wrong. You're saying that running anything of any kind always makes changes to the computer, which is true. But according to Windows - which as we all know flies in the face of the most basic logic and English semantics - that's not the case.

UAC gives you the choice of allowing or forbidding programs from "making changes to the computer" - Windows' words, not mine. See the screengrab. I've never had the slightest problem from choosing "no" (for certain programs in certain situations -- I don't choose it for *all* programs!)



All I want to do is make this "no" choice permanent for one program - like by creating a force-non-elevated-running shortcut, if such a thing is possible. (Not for PeerBlock, which of course always need "Yes".)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
check using the tutorial below to see if the program may be using compatibility mode where you can uncheck the "Run as administrator" option to not have the program run elevated anymore.
"Run as as administrator" already was unchecked there.
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21 Jul 2014   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Sorry, but that's just not possible when the program is designed to run elevated.

The UAC prompt in your screenshot is for you to say Yes/No to allow the program to run elevated (run as administrator).

If you say no, then the program will just simply not run. You can't run the program without elevation since it was designed to run elevated. Only the program developers can change that.
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25 Jul 2014   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium (32-Bit)
 
 

I think what he means is that this program doesn't really make any changes to the computer, at least not at a level that affects the program or the computer in any way were it to make those changes or not.

However, I've noticed only programs that I put in my main \Program Files\ folder (not the (x86)) will UAC rear its head. Okay, a few more of them in the (x86), but still.

One game I had would always bring up UAC, but then I moved it outside of the \Program Files\ folder, and it didn't bring it up anymore; maybe give that a try?

Oh, but be sure to make a back-up, first. And this is just a shot in the dark but it worked for me.

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