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Windows 7: Program only runs correctly when UAC is switched OFF

22 Sep 2014   #1
pete101

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Program only runs correctly when UAC is switched OFF

Hi guys,

I successfully used a macro recording application called QuicKeys on my old XP machine with no issues or problems.

Now that I have upgraded to WIndows 7 the applicaton no longers runs correctly i.e. it records the keystrokes/mouse movements ok, but on playback it halts when it reaches a mouse playback and generates a step failed error message.

I've tried running it both as a Standard user and also as an Administrator, but the problem still occurs.

The only solution appears to be to turn the UAC completely off (even lowest setting still results in the above problem). Only then does the application run without a problem.

I am guessing that somehow the mouse movement playback is being blocked by the UAC (no prompts), but I would have thought that running it with full admin rights would have by-passed the UAC.

Also tried running it with the "task scheduler" method which some users employ to avoid UAC issues, but still get the same result.

Are there any gurus out there with the solution?

Many thanks,

Pete


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22 Sep 2014   #2
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

Hi Pete and welcome to SevenForums!

This can happen with older programs that haven't been modified for UAC. You could try to find a newer program that supports Win 7. A quick search online gave me this: QuicKeys Alternatives and Similar Software - AlternativeTo.net
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23 Sep 2014   #3
pete101

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Hi Tookeri,

Many thanks for your prompt reply. It is much appreciated.

I did look at a few alternatives to QuicKeys prior to posting, but couldn't find anything which I personally felt was as good or as flexible (Auto Hotkey was probably the closest).

I have quite a few scripts written in QuicKeys which is another reason why I want to get it working in Windows 7, but the UAC seems to be the stumbling block.

Would have thought that running it under Admin rights would have solved any problems, but alas not !!!!!

Kind regards,

Pete
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23 Sep 2014   #4
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

Hi Pete,

You can try launching it through Task Scheduler and see if that helps:
Run UAC restricted programs without the UAC prompt - TechRepublic

If that doesn't work you could try to change the scheduled task to run it as SYSTEM instead of your user.

I don't have any old non UAC compatible programs so I can't say if this will work or not.
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23 Sep 2014   #5
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

Here's another suggestions that involves a Microsoft program that was new to me, "Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit":

How to make old programs work on Windows 7 | News | TechRadar
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23 Sep 2014   #6
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

If you have downloaded the app from another machine, you will have to take 'ownership'.


See if that works, and let us know.
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24 Sep 2014   #7
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

There is also always xp mode, however you would need to be in the virtual environment for it to capture anything.
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24 Sep 2014   #8
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
If you have downloaded the app from another machine, you will have to take 'ownership'.

See if that works, and let us know.
Good point Jacee,

Also check the properties of the file, press the Unblock button if it is active.
Program only runs correctly when UAC is switched OFF-fileblockedproperty.png


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25 Sep 2014   #9
pete101

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Hi Guys,

Many thanks for the suggestions.

@Tookeri: Had already tried the TASK SCHEDULER solution, but decided to give it another bash. Alas same result. Program only runs ok when UAC is switched off (i.e. set to never notify).

@JACEE: Program was downloaded directly from the official website (onto a "brand new" Virtual Manchine).

@andrew129260: Using a virtual environment (Tried XP then swapped to Windows 7). Each attempt is done using a clean build.

As indicated previously the program only runs ok when UAC is switched off. When it's on the program gets blocked. There isn't even a prompt or anything.

It's all very odd as I would have thought that running something as an Administrator would have "overcome" any UAC issues.

Best regards

Pete
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01 Oct 2014   #10
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Have all of your attempts been on a Virtual Machine?

What are you using for a VM?
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